LA Lakers lose season opener, Durant shines on Nets debut (BBC)
NBA champions the Los Angeles Lakers were beaten 116-109 by the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday’s opening night of the new season.
The Clippers’ Paul George scored 26 of his 33 points in the second half while Kawhi Leonard added 26 of his own.
It is the second successive year the Clippers have defeated the Lakers in their season opener.
Elsewhere, Kevin Durant scored 22 on his Brooklyn Nets debut as they beat the Golden State Warriors 125-99.
Two-time NBA champion Durant joined the Nets on a four-year $164m deal in the summer of 2019 – after leaving the Warriors – but missed last season with an Achilles tendon injury. (BBC)