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Bird's debut as coach not a good one

Larry Bird's coaching debut couldn't have been much tougher: He lost a game and two players.

At Dayton, Ohio, the Indiana Pacers lost first-round draft pick Austin Croshere to a broken hand and Antonio Davis to a sprained left ankle Friday night on their way to losing their preseason opener 105-98 to the Cleveland Cavaliers.Before the game, Bird figured his biggest adjustment would be getting used to sitting on the sideline in a suit coat. In no time at all, he had more troubling things to squirm about.

Davis left the game in the third quarter after severely spraining his ankle. It's not known how long he'll be sidelined.

In other games:

Hawks 113, Celtics 89

At State College, Pa., new coach, same old Celtics. Rick Pitino's debut with Boston featured aggressive defense and all-out hustle, but the Celtics still lost.

Rockets 98, Magic 92

At Houston, Hakeem Olajuwon scored 20 points to lead the Houston Rockets over Orlando in Chuck Daly's debut as coach of the Magic.

SuperSonics 100, Bulls 79

At Chicago, Vin Baker scored 24 points in his Seattle debut as the shorthanded SuperSonics opened the preseason with a victory over the even more undermanned Chicago Bulls.

Michael Jordan had 15 points in 23 minutes for the Bulls, who were without Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman and Ron Harper - three-fifths of the starting lineup that won the last two NBA titles.

Timberwolves 81, Pistons 79

At Auburn Hills, Mich., Cherokee Parks hit two free throws with less than a second left, giving Minnesota a victory over the Detroit.

Hornets 109, Warriors 98

At San Jose, Calif., Matt Geiger scored 19 points as Charlotte beat Golden State in the exhibition opener for both teams.

Anthony Mason and Vlade Divac added 12 points apiece for the Hornets. Latrell Sprewell's 20 points led the Warriors.

Suns 93, Lakers 91

At Phoenix, Danny Manning scored 24 points, including an 18-foot jumper with 2.9 seconds left, as Phoenix beat Los Angeles.

Trail Blazers 107, Kings 96

At Sacramento, Calif., Stacey Augmon scored 12 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter as Portland defeated Sacramento.