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November 2, 1991

Undated (AP) _ Phoenix at Portland (10 p.m. EST). The Suns and Trail Blazers both go into the season with something to prove after last season, Phoenix having been bounced from the playoffs in the first round by Utah and Portland having been surprised by the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals. STARS Friday

Otis Thorpe and Hakeem Olajuwon, Rockets: Thorpe hit 12 of 18 shots and scored 33 points, the last 6 in the final two minutes of the second overtime, and Olajuwon added 29 points, 18 rebounds and 5 steals as the Rockets outlasted the LA Lakers 126-121.

Michael Adams, Bullets, had 23 points, 13 assists and 9 steals to help Washington spoil Indiana’s home opener with a 109-103 victory.

Karl Malone, Jazz, scored 35 points on 14-for-19 shooting, grabbed 13 rebounds and made 3 steals as visiting Utah beat Minnesota 112-97.

Terry Cummings, Spurs, scored 22 points on 8-for-13 shooting and grabbed 16 rebounds in only 27 minutes as San Antonio hammered Dallas 140-99. STONES

Robert Parish of Boston grabbed 14 rebounds against Charlotte, including the 12,000th of his career, to become the 12th player in league history to reach the milestone. ... Moses Malone, 8-for-8 from the foul line in Milwaukee’s win at Detroit, passed the 8,000 mark in career free throws made. SUPERB IN DEFEAT

James Worthy of the Lakers hit all 3 of his 3-point shots, scored 37 points and handed out a team-high 7 assists in LA’s 126-121 double-overtime loss to Houston. Teammate A.C. Green, forced to play extensively when Sam Perkins was forced from the game with an eye injury, added 28 points and 16 rebounds. STARTS

Statlines of heralded rookies in games played Friday night:

- Larry Johnson, Hornets, 26 minutes, 14 points on 4-for-8 shooting, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks and 1 turnover.

- Dikembe Mutombo, Nuggets, 37 minutes, 18 points on 6-for-20 shooting, 18 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 assists and 2 turnovers. STATS

Six-foot-8 forward Kenny Gattison of Charlotte grabbed 18 rebounds in 27 minutes against Boston. ... Loy Vaught of the Clippers, starting in place of the injured Charles Smith, grabbed 20 rebounds in 40 minutes against Sacramento. ... Orlando improved to 5-2 over the New York Knicks with a 106-96 victory on Friday night. The triumph also gave the Magic a 2-0 mark against Pat Riley-coached teams at Orlando Arena. ... The Clippers were just 5-for-12 from the foul line in their 94-90 loss at Sacramento. SOUND THE HORN

Five players - three Rockets and two Lakers - fouled out of Houston’s 126-121 double-overtime victory at The Summit. ... Eight technical fouls - 4 against each team - were assessed in Milwaukee’s 109-99 victory over Detroit. SEARCHING

Dallas, expecting to get Doug Smith under contract this weekend, was outscored 140-99 and outrebounded 47-24 by San Antonio on Friday night. No Mavericks player managed more than 17 points, 6 assists or 5 rebounds. SIDELINED

Magic Johnson sat out the Lakers double-overtime loss at Houston on Friday with the flu. ... Wayman Tisdale left the Kings triumph over the LA Clippers in the second quarter after pulling a hip muscle. SIDELINERS

Three of the four new coaches debuted on Friday, and all three lost: Pat Riley’s Knicks were beaten 106-96 at Orlando, Allan Bristow’s Hornets lost 111-108 at Boston and Jimmy Rodgers’ Timberwolves fell 112-97 at home to Utah. SEATING

Minnesota sold 19,006 tickets to its home opener against Utah, but 12,033 of the ticket-holders stayed home when a major snowstorm hit the area. SWINGS

Charles Barkley scored 12 points in the first quarter but only 6 the rest of the way Friday when Philadelphia lost 110-90 at Chicago. SWATS 3/8

Five-foot-3 Spud Webb of Sacramento and 5-10 Michael Adams of Washington registered blocked shots in their teams’ season openers Friday night. SHOOTING BLANKS

- Isiah Thomas (3-15) and Mark Aguirre (7-19) combined to make 10 of 34 shots in the Pistons’ 109-99 loss to Milwaukee.

- Hersey Hawkins (1-8) and Johnny Dawkins (2-9) were a combined 3-for-17 in the 76ers’ loss at Chicago.

- Starting forwards Lionel Simmons (6-22) and Wayman Tisdale (1-7) combined to make 7 of 29 shots in the Kings’ 94-90 victory over the LA Clippers.

- Benoit Benjamin of Seattle was 5-for-18, Vernon Maxwell of Houston was 4- for-15 and Tony Campbell of Minnesota and Kevin Duckworth of Portland were each 4-for-14 in their games. SWAP

Sacramento, unable to sign top draft pick Billy Owens, traded the guard- forward to Golden State on Friday for high-scoring guard Mitch Richmond, center Les Jepsen and a 1995 second-round draft choice. SUSPENDED

John Williams, who held out from the Washington Bullets to dispute fines against him for his being overweight, reported to the team Friday weighing 305 pounds, failed his physical and was suspended indefinitely. SIGNINGS

Denver signed guard Mark Macon, the eighth pick overall, to a reported 5- year, $7.5 million contract and re-signed 37-year-old guard Walter Davis, traded by the Nuggets last season, to a multiyear contract. ... Dallas is expected to sign forward Doug Smith, the sixth pick, to a 4-year, $7.75 million contract this weekend. SEASONS

Sacramento’s victory over the LA Clippers was its first season-opening triumph since the Kings beat Golden State to start the 1987-1988 season. SPEAKING

″Distractions like a trade on opening night is always a concern. I couldn’t help thinking about Mitch Richmond. We have to convince Richmond that this will be a nice place to live for seven or eight years.″ - Sacramento coach Dick Motta, whose club acquired Richmond and backup center Les Jepsen for unsigned No. 3 pick Billy Owens forward on Friday.

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