Charlotte Bobcats fall as Hornets rookie Anthony Davis leads way

Associated PressOctober 10, 2012 

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— Anthony Davis had 22 points, nine rebounds and blocked a shot, and the New Orleans Hornets defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 97-82 in an exhibition Tuesday night.

Robin Lopez added 18 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks for New Orleans, while Ryan Anderson was 5 of 6 from 3-point range, finishing with 15 points.

Rookie Austin Rivers, a former Duke star, scored 13 points and Al-Farouq Aminu 12, while Greivis Vasquez had 11 assists.

Ben Gordon had 15 points for Charlotte, while Byron Mullens hit four 3s and finished with 14 but left with a hyperextended left knee in the fourth quarter. Team officials said they expected his injury to be re-evaluated Wednesday. Kemba Walker and rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist each scored 10 points.

Down 57-46 at halftime, the Hornets surged in front for good by opening the third quarter with a 12-0 run during which Davis and Rivers combining for seven points.

Bulls 92, Grizzlies 88: Luol Deng scored 18 points while Nazr Mohammed added 13 points and 12 rebounds to help Chicago beat Memphis in an exhibition.

Trailing 52-49 at the half, the Bulls scored the first 14 points in the third quarter to pull away. Richard Hamilton made a jumper to give the Bulls a 63-52 lead, and Nate Robinson made a 3 to extend the Chicago lead to 81-65 late in the third quarter. Hamilton scored eight points in the third quarter and finished with 13.

The Bulls played without Derrick Rose, who is still recovering from knee surgery, stemming from his torn ACL during the 2012 playoffs.

FC Barcelona 99, Mavericks 85: A swollen right knee kept Dirk Nowitzki out of Dallas’ exhibition loss at FC Barcelona Regal, with Pete Mickeal and Juan Carlos Navarro each scoring 19 points for the 17-time Spanish champions.

After only leading by two points at halftime, Barcelona outscored the Mavericks 32-16 in the third quarter to open up an 18-point gap. Center Chris Kaman led the Mavericks with 15 points. Darren Collison was next with 14, and Elton Brand had 10.

Bucks 97, Cavaliers 80: Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis scored 15 points apiece to lead Milwaukee to a win over Cleveland in the Bucks’ exhibition opener.

Milwaukee placed six players in double figures. The Bucks pulled ahead in the second quarter and led by double figures for most of the second half.

C.J. Miles paced Cleveland with 18 points. Kyrie Irving added 16 for the Cavaliers, who defeated Italy’s Montepaschi Siena in their opener Monday.

Mike Dunleavy scored 12 points while Tobias Harris, Milwaukee’s first-round draft pick in 2011, added 11.

Notes

Los Angeles Lakers: Dwight Howard has been cleared for limited five-on-five scrimmages in his latest step back from offseason surgery.

Howard won’t play in the Lakers’ next exhibition Wednesday night against Portland in Ontario, Calif.

Howard was cleared Tuesday for limited participation in full-court scrimmages with contact. He had participated in every other aspect of the Lakers’ practices during training camp except full-court contact.

The six-time All-Star center had surgery on his back last spring.

Howard hasn’t projected a date for his Lakers debut but is hopeful he can participate in a preseason game. After Wednesday’s visit from the Trail Blazers, the Lakers will have six more exhibitions before their season opener Oct. 30 against Dallas.

Orlando: The Magic has signed free agent Chris Johnson, adding more depth to a preseason roster that is now at 20 players.

Johnson, a free agent signing by the Los Angeles Clippers, was picked up by Orlando on Tuesday after being waived by the Clippers.

The Magic hosts the Philadelphia 76ers Thursday in their preseason home opener.

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