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    True freshman Keyon Menifield hit four 3-pointers and scored 26 points in his second start and Washington rallied to beat Utah Tech 78-67. Menifield’s effort helped the Huskies get off to a 3-0 start for the first time since the 2015-16 season. Menifield scored 15 in the second half after the Huskies trailed 36-34 at intermission. Tanner Christensen scored 16 of his 26 points in the first half for Utah Tech, which changed its name from Dixie State this season.

      Damian Lillard overcame a slow start to finish with 26 points on six 3-pointers and the Portland Trail Blazers beat Charlotte 105-95 to hand the Hornets their sixth straight loss. Anfernee Simons scored 19 points and Shaedon Sharpe chipped in with 17 points off the bench for Portland. The Trail Blazers shot 53.3% to improve to 3-1 on their six-game road trip. Drew Eubanks added 14 points and eight rebounds for Portland. Terry Rozier led the Hornets with 18 points while Mason Plumlee had 16 points and 12 rebounds. Lillard, who came in averaging 29 points per game in his six previous starts this season, failed to score in the first quarter before erupting for 14 points in the second quarter.

        Josh Hart’s 3-pointer as time expired gave the Portland Trail Blazers a 110-107 win over the Miami Heat. Anfernee Simons scored 25 for Portland, Jerami Grant added 23 and Damian Lillard finished with 19 points in his first game back after a four-game absence with a right calf strain. Hart and Justice Winslow each scored 12. At 7-3, Portland is off to its best start since 2018-19. Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo and Max Strus all had 16 for Miami.

        Jerami Grant scored a season-high 30 points, including a baseline jumper at the buzzer, to lift the short-handed Portland Trail Blazers over the Phoenix Suns 108-106. The Blazers had just 1 second left when Justise Winslow lofted a high in-bounds pass to Grant, who grabbed it and tossed a high-arching shot in the air. It rattled through the net and, after a review, the officials confirmed it left his hands in time. Portland was playing without its high-scoring backcourt of Anfernee Simons and Damian Lillard. Devin Booker scored 25 points to lead the Suns.

        The Brooklyn Nets suspended Kyrie Irving for at least five games without pay, saying they were dismayed by his failure to “unequivocally say he has no antisemitic beliefs.” Hours after Irving refused to issue the apology that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver sought for posting a link to an antisemitic work on his Twitter feed, the Nets said that Irving is “currently unfit to be associated with the Brooklyn Nets.” The Nets added in a statement that they were “dismayed today, when given an opportunity in a media session, that Kyrie refused to unequivocally say he has no antisemitic beliefs, nor acknowledge specific hateful material in the film.” Irving did later issue an apology on Instagram.

        Desmond Bane had 29 points, including 20 in the fourth quarter alone, and the Memphis Grizzlies withstood a late rally by the Portland Trail Blazers for a 111-106 victory. Ja Morant had 20 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the Grizzlies, who led by as many as 17 early in the fourth quarter. The victory snapped a two-game losing streak. Playing without injured star Damian Lillard, the Blazers were led by Anfernee Simons with 31 points. Jusuf Nurkic added 23 points and 13 rebounds.


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        Nets star Kyrie Irving doesn’t believe he did anything wrong by posting “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America” on his social media channels — a move that was met with much backlash because of its antisemitic implications, even public backlash from Nets owner Joe Tsai. Irving, after the Nets lost their fourth straight game, said he does not agree with the notion he was promoting ...

        SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stephen Curry took the microphone in the middle of Golden State's championship ring ceremony Tuesday night to make an impassioned plea in support of Brittney Griner as the WNBA star spent her 32nd birthday in a Russian prison.

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