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A handful of NBA teams opened preseason play Sunday. The Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers each lost in their exhibition openers.
Josh Smith scored a team-high 21 points to help the Atlanta Hawks (1-0) spoil the season debut of the defending champions, Miami Heat, who lost 92-79 at the Phillips Arena. Lou Williams added 18 points for Atlanta, which outscored Miami 22-13 in the fourth quarter.
Lebron James tallied 10 points, six rebounds and a game-high six assists for the Heat (0-1), who played without guard Dwyane Wade. Wade is recovering from surgery on his left knee. Ray Allen scored 10 points and dished out five assists in his Heat debut.
The Heat now travel overseas for a seven-day trip to China that will feature a pair of match ups with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Golden State Warrior 110, Los. Angeles Lakers 83: David Lee posted 19 points and Klay Thompson added 18 to lead the Warriors (1-0) in a rout of the Lakers (0-1) in Fresno, Calif. The game was both teams' exhibition openers.
Boston Celtics 105, Milano EA7 75: Rajon Rondo tallied 17 points, six assists and four rebounds to help lead the Celtics past EA7 Emporio Armani Milano. Forward Jeff Green also added 17 points and collected three boards in Boston's final training camp session in Europe. The Celtics are currently 1-1 in the preseason.
Charlotte Bobcats 100, Washington Wizards 88: Gerald Henderson scored a game-high 19 points to help Charlotte (1-0) hold off a late rally from Washington in the teams' preseason opener. Rookie Bradley Beal and Martell Webster each scored 18 points for the Wizards (0-1).