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New Orleans at Boston (6:30 p.m. CST). The Celtics open the season at home, four days after the passing of their former coach, Red Auerbach.




• Lamar Odom, Lakers, matched his career high with 34 points, along with 13 rebounds and six assists, in leading Los Angeles to a 114-106 victory over Phoenix.

• Kirk Hinrich, Bulls, scored 26 points as Chicago routed defending NBA champion Miami 108-66.


Chicago’s 108-66 domination of defending NBA champion Miami on Tuesday night featured a 37-14 second-quarter burst, a stretch where the Bulls connected on 79 percent of their shots — compared to 29 percent for the Heat. Chicago outrebounded Miami 49-29 and got 32 points off 23 Heat turnovers.


Miami’s season-opening 108-66 loss to Chicago was the worst loss in NBA history for a defending champion on opening night.


NBA scoring champion Kobe Bryant sat out the Lakers’ season-opening victory over Phoenix on Tuesday night because of soreness in his surgically repaired right knee. He said he wouldn’t travel for Wednesday night’s game at Golden State, either, but hoped to return either Friday night against Seattle at home or Sunday night at Seattle.



Guard Kirk Hinrich and the Bulls agreed Tuesday on a five-year contract extension, believed to be worth $47.5 million. Hinrich averaged 15.9 points and 6.3 assists last season. ... Toronto and point guard T.J. Ford agreed on a three-year contract extension with an option for a fourth, which could pay him as much as $33 million. Ford averaged 12.2 points and 6.6 assists.


Washington forward Darius Songaila will have back surgery for a herniated disc and be sidelined up to three months. The 6-foot-9 Songaila was injured playing for Lithuania’s national team at the world championships in August. He averaged a career-high 9.2 points and 4.0 rebounds in 62 games for Chicago last season. ... New Dallas swingman Devean George was hospitalized Tuesday with a stomach ailment that could knock him out of Thursday’s opener against San Antonio. The Mavericks also announced they’ll play at least the first two weeks without third-string center D.J. Mbenga, who strained a tendon in his left foot Monday.

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