Butler finds a home...Celtics in OT...Hamlin on the pole
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jimmy Butler just started with his new team and Friday’s debut before the hometown fans had a lot of them smiling. Butler scored 28 points in his home debut, Joel Embiid had 23 and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Utah Jazz 113-107 on Friday night. Butler, the four-time All-Star acquired Monday from Minnesota in a five-player trade, got a loud ovation during introductions.
BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving led the Boston Celtics charge in an overtime win over the Toronto raptors. Irving had a season-high 43 points, scoring 17 in the last 8:06 of the fourth quarter to force overtime. He then made or recorded an assist on every basket in the extra period Friday night to lead the Boston Celtics to a 123-116 victory. Irving had 11 assists, and Jayson Tatum scored 21 with seven rebounds for the Celtics. Kawhi Leonard scored 31 with a season-high 15 rebounds for Toronto, which has lost three straight.
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Kyle Busch thought he got the jump on the competition with a pole-winning run at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Then he was bumped by teammate Denny Hamlin. Martin Truex Jr. qualified third to put three Toyotas at the front of the field. Joey Logano qualified fifth for Team Penske. Kevin Harvick was 12th, lowest of the title contenders.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada sports book operator is settling his latest troubles with gambling regulators who have approved a $2 million offer over taking unlawful bets and making inaccurate payouts. The Nevada Gaming Commission agreed on Thursday to let CG Technology pay a $1.75 million fine to the state and make a $250,000 donation to resolve the four-count complaint.
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers traded forward Ryan Strome to the New York Rangers for forward Ryan Spooner on Friday. Strome, a fifth-overall pick of the New York Islanders in 2011, had a goal and an assist in 18 games with Edmonton this season. He has 59 goals and 103 assists in 358 career NHL games with the Islanders and Oilers. Spooner had a goal and an assist in 16 games this season with the Rangers. He has 46 goals and 114 assists in 289 games with Boston and New York.