SportsPulse: Need a refresher on where we left off with the NBA before play was halted? Mackenzie Salmon hits the rewind button and gets us up to speed.
After a four-month layoff, Thursday marked the official return of the 2019-2020 NBA season, with the Jazz defeating the Pelicans and the Lakers topping the Clippers in the first games in the league’s Disney World bubble.
Friday’s slate features six games including exciting matchups: the Blazers defeated the Grizzlies 140-135 in overtime in an important seeding game (Ja Morant put the loss on himself); Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks held off the Celtics 119-112; and Rockets-Mavericks (9 p.m.) will conclude later in the day.
Other games: Orlando defeated Brooklyn 128-118, Phoenix topped Washington 125-112 and San Antonio beat Sacramento 129-120.
Keep it here for updates throughout the day and into the night from Jeff Zillgitt, Mark Medina — on the ground at Disney — and the USA TODAY Sports NBA team, including analysis, news and highlights: