Recapping Monday’s Preseason Action
MIAMI (AP) — Chris Bosh scored 21 points on 7-for-8 shooting, LeBron James scored nine and the two-time defending champion Miami Heat opened the preseason with a 92-87 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night.
Roger Mason Jr. scored 14 points and Rashard Lewis added 11 for the Heat, who had what once was 22-point lead trimmed to two in the final seconds but never trailed.
Miami played without Dwyane Wade, Udonis Haslem, Chris Andersen, Michael Beasley and Greg Oden.
Mike Scott led the Hawks with 13 points. Paul Millsap added 12, Al Horford had 10 points and nine rebounds and DeMarre Carroll scored 10.
Atlanta lost forward Gustavo Ayon late in the first quarter with a right shoulder injury. The Hawks said he would be evaluated again Tuesday.
Bosh had 19 points in 14 first-half minutes, helping Miami to a 49-30 lead at the break.
Raptors 97, Celtics 89
BOSTON (AP) — Rudy Gay and Tyler Hansbrough both scored 17 points to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 97-89 preseason victory over Boston on Monday night in Celtics’ coach Brad Stevens’ NBA debut.
DeMar DeRozan had 13 points and Terrence Ross added 12 for the Raptors.
Gerald Wallace led the Celtics with 16 points, and Jared Sullinger had 14 with six rebounds.
The 36-year-old Stevens was hired in July after a successful run at Butler University.
The Celtics had seven new players, mainly due to a blockbuster deal that sent likely future Hall of Famers Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets in a draft-night deal. GM Danny Ainge wanted to start rebuilding the team before the two became ineffective or retired.
Ainge also traded coach Doc Rivers to the Los Angeles Clippers for a first-round draft pick during the offseason.
Warriors 94, Kings 81
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Klay Thompson had 17 points and four rebounds playing his second straight preseason game as a reserve, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Sacramento Kings 94-81 on Monday night.
Thompson finished 8 of 17 from the field coming off the bench behind Harrison Barnes in Golden State’s exhibition home opener. Barnes missed all four shots he took and had one rebound … [For more on NBA preseason: Chris Bosh scores 21 as Heat top Hawks, click here.]