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Markelle Fultz Returned To Action With A Standing Ovation

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Markelle Fultz was the overall number 1 draft pick in 2017 for the Philadelphia 76ers. The rookie found himself following the same trend of being injured his rookie year like Philly’s other No.1 picks Joell Embiid and Ben Simmons.

Fultz had sat out for over 68 games this season. Many expected Philly to keep him off the floor until next season. Instead on Monday night, Fultz returned to the lineup.

Fans roared in anticipation each time he collected the ball on the ensuing possessions in the period.

“There was a little bit of excitement,” Fultz said about entering the game for the first time. “And a little bit of ‘I have to help the team. I don’t want to let the team down.’ Once I stepped out there on the floor, it felt great to be back out there with my brothers.”

Philly Star Joel Embiid spoke about the return.

“He gives us another great pace,” Embiid said. “He can find ways to score and also set guys up. You could tell by his eight assists tonight in 14 minutes. That’s big time. That’s what we need him to do — score the ball, get guys involved, and create.”

FultzĀ ended the night with 10 points. He looked somewhat rusty but it takes time to bounce back. The real question is will he mature into the scorer that can stretch the floor for Philly. For now, just enjoy the return to the court.

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Chris Paul, Rondo, And Brandon Ingram Brawl In Lakers Home Opener

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TheĀ Houston RocketsĀ downed theĀ Los Angeles LakersĀ 125-115Ā in Lebron James first home game at the Staples Center. James Harden led all scorers with 35 points, all of that is overshadowed by the 4th quarterĀ brawl.

With four minutes left in the game, Rockets guard James Harden drew a foul while driving to the hoop, making a layup over Lakers forward Brandon Ingram to put the Rockets up by 109-108. Ingram, though, didnā€™t like the call. The 21-year-old quickly shoved Harden in the back, drawing a technical foul.

Ingram, Paul and Rondo were all ejected from the game after officials reviewed the incident. The three will likely face suspensions and fines from the league as soon as Sunday ā€” since the Rockets play again on Sunday night.

“That’s unacceptable,”Ā Carmelo AnthonyĀ said of the alleged spitting by Rondo. “You don’t do that to nobody — in sports, on the street. That’s blatant disrespect. You don’t do that. That’s unacceptable. … You don’t even see that in the streets, man. I don’t know what else to say about that.”

Harden defended Paul’s reaction.

“I mean Chris had to stand up for himself,” Harden said. “It is what it is. I don’t care what man, anywhere, anytime, NBA game or in the streets.”

According to ESPNā€™s Adrian Wojnarowski, Lakers officials are backing Rondoā€™s ā€œcontention that he didnā€™t spitā€ on Paul, while the Rockets are insisting that he did.

James who is best friends with Chris Paul weighed in on what happened after the game. “I just tried to calm things down, that’s all,” James said. “Play basketball.”

NBA Players also weighed on their thoughts about the fight.

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Purdue Defeats No. 2 Ohio State 49-20 In The Biggest Upset Of The Year

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One time for the underdogs in college football. Purdue demolished Ohio State at home 49-20.

Purdue QB David Blough went 25-for-43 with 378 passing yards withĀ three touchdowns. A pair of touchdown tosses to game-breaker Rondale Moore, who finished with season highs of 12 catches and 170 yards against Ohio State’s 24th-ranked scoring defense. Senior running backĀ D.J. Knox also rumbled his way to 128 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries.

The Boilermakers scored 28 points in the fourth quarter, including a pick-six by Columbus native Markus Bailey, who is the heart and soul of the Purdue defense and did not get a scholarship offer from Ohio State out of high school.

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Anthony Davis’ 32 Points Help To Rout The Rockets

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Anthony Davis said it was time to show he was the best player in the league. On Wednesday night, he looked the part in a dominating win over the Rockets 131-112.

Anthony DavisĀ scored 32 points andĀ Nikola Mirotic had a career night with 30 points and 10 rebounds in the blowout. New Orleans PelicansĀ got their NBA season off to a roaring start by clobbering theĀ Houston RocketsĀ 131-112 on Wednesday.

Davis also had 16 rebounds and eight assists and Payton finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Pelicans, who led wire-to-wire.

“I am just taking what the defense gives me,” said Davis. “It is only game one. It is a good win but we still got a lot of work to do.

“To come out with a win against a team like that after the season they had and coming off the season we had, we wanted to come out and set a tempo.”

On the other side,Ā Eric Gordon scored a team-high 21 points. Chris Paul and PJ Tucker had 19 points each followed by James Harden with 18 points.

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