SCOREBOARD
Tuesday, Oct. 28
Cleveland at Boston (8 p.m. EDT). The Celtics open their title defense against LeBron James and the Cavaliers.

STARTS
The Los Angeles Lakers will open at home Tuesday night against Portland. Kobe Bryant played nearly 8 minutes Friday night in the Lakers' preseason finale against Oklahoma City after missing a game becase of a knee injury.

STATS
New Orleans (7-0) was the lone undefeated team in exhibition play. Denver was second at 6-1, followed by Boston, Detroit and Minnesota at 6-2. Charlotte was 0-8.

STATUS
Golden State coach Don Nelson said he's on the verge of agreeing to a two-year contract extension through 2010-11. The 68-year-old Nelson told reporters Saturday that the deal is financially similar to his current contract, which ends this season. Such a deal would be worth about $12 million. ... Miami waived center David Padgett and guard Jason Richards on Sunday to get down to the 15-man roster limit.
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