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Tim Duncan joins Spurs Retirement Club in clever HEB ad

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The HEB Spurs commercials are always some of the best out there.

And while Tim Duncan may be gone, he’s got one more HEB ad to do, joining the team’s retirement club. Heck of a club, with David Robinson, George Gervin, Bruce Bowen, and the rest.

Watch Jeremy Lin’s circus shot fall for Brooklyn

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In the end, this was a tough loss for Brooklyn to the Bucks.

But along the way, early in the fourth quarter, Nets point guard Jeremy Lin hit one of the best circus shots of the early season. He got fouled on the drive by John Henson, who spins Lin by the shoulder, but the point guard keeps his poise and throws it up-and-in over his shoulder.

Lin is averaging 17 points and 7.3 assists for the Nets through three games. He’s struggled some from three and is shooting just 38.1 percent overall, but is efficient as a pick-and-roll ball handler and is getting to the line. As expected, he’s one of the few entertaining bright spots in what will be a rough season in Brooklyn.

Nuggets retire Dikembe Mutombo’s No. 55 in halftime ceremony

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DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets retired the No. 55 jersey of finger-wagging, shot-blocker extraordinaire Dikembe Mutombo in a halftime ceremony on Saturday night.

Mutombo was drafted by the Nuggets with the No. 4 overall pick in 1991 and played five seasons with the team. Besides his trademark finger wag, Mutombo is probably best remembered for lying on the court, clutching the ball over his head, after the eighth-seeded Nuggets upset top-seeded Seattle during the 1993-94 playoffs.

Mutombo’s number was retired by Atlanta last season.

The Nuggets wore their “Rainbow Skyline” throwback uniforms to honor Mutombo. The team also presented him with a painting and a $50,000 check for his foundation.

The 7-foot-2 Mutombo blocked 3,289 shots over his stellar NBA career. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015.

Watch Damian Lillard’s overtime game winner to beat Nuggets

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What a start to the season for Portland.

With the game on the line in overtime, everyone in the building knew which Blazer was going to get the rock — Damian Lillard.

Denver certainly knew this but had Kenneth Faried trying to guard Lillard — Faried can’t keep up with him in space. Lillard drives to his left and can create enough space that he can use his right hand for the floater — Faried does a good job recovering and gets close, but the shot falls to put the Blazers up with 0.3 left. Ballgame.

This is a loss Denver will regret — it took a 9-0 Portland run at the end of regulation to force overtime, then the Blazers closed out the extra period with a 6-0 run for the win.

Rajon Rondo, Doug McDermott pace Bulls to rout Pacers 118-101 of Indy

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CHICAGO (AP) — With nine new players, including three starters, the Chicago Bulls seemed likely to struggle with cohesion early in the season.

However, one of those newcomers – Rajon Rondo – has been credited by his teammates with fueling Chicago’s fast start.

Doug McDermott had 23 points, Jimmy Butler added 16 on 6-of-9 shooting and Rondo had 13 assists to lead the Bulls to a 118-101 rout of the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night, Chicago’s second straight victory to open the season.

McDermott scored 11 points in the fourth quarter as coach Fred Hoiberg gave his veteran starters – Butler, Rondo and Dwyane Wade, who had 14 points – the rest of the night off after the third quarter.

Rondo, who has 22 assists in the two games, likely could have racked up a much higher number if he wasn’t limited to 25 minutes.

“He pushes the ball up the floor and he gets it out, so he makes you run to get in front of him,” Wade said.

Playing with Rondo means you have to be alert at all times.

“I always tell those guys to understand that, `If you don’t think I see you, I probably see you, so be ready for the pass,”‘ Rondo said.

“Who doesn’t want the ball? Everybody wants the ball and everybody wants to score.”

Taj Gibson had 12 points and eight rebounds, and Robin Lopez added 12 points for the Bulls.

Paul George and Myles Turner had 20 points apiece to lead the Pacers (1-2), who were coming off a loss at Brooklyn on Friday.

“The message is loud and clear: we need to get to work,” Indiana coach Nate McMillan said.

“We have a talented team,” George said, “but it’s going to take us a couple games to get our chemistry. We’ll get through our battle wounds early.”

The Bulls had a 24-20 lead at the end of the first quarter before breaking things open with a dominant second. They scored 38 points on 14-for-18 (77.8 percent) shooting in the quarter to race out to a 62-41 halftime lead.

Indiana seemingly sleep-walked on defense throughout much of the second quarter – especially in transition where the Bulls had a 19-0 edge in fast-break points. McDermott had seven points in seven minutes, and five players scored at least five points. Rondo added six assists.

Chicago maintained its intensity in the third quarter and stretched the lead to 92-67 entering the fourth.

The Bulls lead by as many as 29 points in the final quarter (102-73) before Indiana made a futile run in garbage time to trim the deficit to 112-101 with two minutes to play.

TIP-INS

Pacers: Aaron Brooks (sore right knee) and Rodney Stuckey (right hamstring) sat out with injuries. Stuckey is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday.

Bulls: Wade said he’s feeling fine but sat out Friday’s practice after playing 32 minutes in the opener on Thursday. The 13-year veteran said he will take regular days off to stay healthy and fresh. “Certain days (are) better to be mental days than physical days,” he said.

BENCH WOES

Through three games, the Pacers have been outscored by a total of 33 points in the second quarter. That’s mainly an indictment of the reserves.

“Our bench’s got to get some chemistry.” McMillan said. “We need to get that (second) team some time on the floor, and they just haven’t had it.”

CUBS FEVER

With the Bulls idle Friday night, Wade attended Game 3 of the World Series at Wrigley Field.

“I noticed that everybody in my family that was at the game, everybody had on Cubs gear – and I know everybody’s not a Cubs fan,” he said. “But it’s just about being a part of the moment. It’s a historic thing for the city of Chicago and a lot of people just want to say they’ve been to a World Series.”