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Lawyer: Cop targeted Sefolosha over race

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NEW YORK (AP) A white police officer singled out a black professional basketball player as he filed out of a trendy nightclub this year, sparking a confrontation that resulted in the player's arrest and a season-ending leg fracture, a defense lawyer told jurors Tuesday.

"I don't know what he saw," attorney Alex Spiro said of the officer, JohnPaul Giacona, who first told the Atlanta Hawks' Thabo Sefolosha to clear the area early on April 8. "I think he saw a black man in a hoodie."

Sefolosha, 30, has been charged with misdemeanor obstructing government administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He pleaded not guilty and refused a plea deal.


Hornets F Kidd-Gilchrist out 6 months

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is expected to miss six months after having right shoulder surgery Tuesday night.

The team's top defensive player tore his labrum and dislocated his shoulder in a preseason game Saturday night against Orlando.


George scores 32, Hill sprains ankle

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Paul George scored 20 of his 32 points in the first quarter and the Indiana Pacers overcome rookie Stanley Johnson's 26 points in a 115-112 preseason victory over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.

George, who missed most of last season recovering from a broken leg, made six straight 3-pointers in the opening quarter.


Sixers C Okafor scores 12 in NBA debut

WASHINGTON (AP) Otto Porter scored 22 points, Bradley Beal had 19 and the Washington Wizards took control in the second half to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 129-95 on Tuesday night in the preseason opener for both teams.

Porter shot 8 of 10 and made all four 3-point attempts. Living up to offseason expectations of taking more shots from beyond the arc, Washington sank 15 of 26.


Bulls' Butler, McDermott score 23

CHICAGO (AP) Jimmy Butler and Doug McDermott scored 23 points each to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 105-95 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night, making new coach Fred Hoiberg a winner in his preseason debut.

Bucks: Rashad Vaughn had a team-high 20 points on 8-for-14 shooting. . Miles Plumlee had 12 points.


Mudiay gets 9 of 17 in 4th, Nuggets win

DALLAS (AP) Emmanuel Mudiay scored nine of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Dallas Mavericks 96-86 on Tuesday night.

Mudiay, Denver's first-round draft pick, had five assists and seven turnovers.


Rockets' Dekker scores 3 in 25 minutes

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Russ Smith scored 12 points, Jeff Green and Courtney Lee added 11 apiece and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Houston Rockets 92-89 on Tuesday night in the preseason opener for both teams.

Brandan Wright, signed by Memphis in the offseason, scored 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting.


Hawks begin preseason against Cavaliers

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks open the preseason against the team they last saw in the Eastern Conference final.

Don't expect any big motivational speeches from coach Mike Budenholzer.


Celtics open Global Games with easy win

MILAN (AP) The Boston Celtics eased to a 124-91 victory over Olimpia Milano at the Mediolanum Forum on Tuesday, comfortably winning the first of a double-header in Europe as part of the NBA Global Games.

"Our goal is just to get better and improve," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. "We'll be able to look at the film, and see how to do that. The number one thing that pleased me is our energy. I thought we played hard, I thought we made a lot of mistakes but that's to be expected."


Offseason trip helps young Blazers bond

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) With all the upheaval in Portland, guard Damian Lillard thought maybe the best thing for the Trail Blazers would be a vacation. Together.

Things had changed dramatically in the offseason for the Blazers, with the departure of starters LaMarcus Aldridge, Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum and Robin Lopez. Portland acquired 11 new players via free agency and trades.

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