The Toronto Raptors finally sent an opening night crowd home with a smile and a win when they held on to beat the Boston Celtics 93-87 to raise the curtain on a new National Basketball Association season on Wednesday.
Klay Thompson scored a career-high 38 points in a spectacular shooting performance, and the Golden State Warriors whipped the Los Angeles Lakers 125-94 in their much-anticipated season opener Wednesday night.
George Hill’s confidence in the clutch, cultivated by a deep playoff run just last spring, was never more obvious than when he received a pass at the top of the 3-point arc inside the final minute.
DeMarcus Cousins had 30 points and 14 rebounds to give Sacramento fans plenty more to cheer about than just having a team as the Kings won their season-opener 90-88 over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night.
Goran Dragic scored 26 points and Eric Bledsoe added 22, leading the Phoenix Suns to a 104-91 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers Wednesday night and giving Jeff Hornacek a win in his coaching debut.
Paul Pierece missed a long step-back shot with 15 seconds on the clock that would have tied the game as the Nets, looking more scrappy than smooth, fell to the Cavaliers.
Kevin Durant scored 22 of his 42 points from the free throw line, including a pair with 6.4 seconds remaining, to lift the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 101-98 win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night.
On the day Allen Iverson officially announced his retirement from the N.B.A., Philadelphia looked strong against the defending league champions.
Monta Ellis started his Dallas career with 32 points, Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 and the Mavericks spoiled Mike Budenholzer’s coaching debut with a 118-109 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.
Kawhi Leonard had 14 points, Tony Parker added 13 points and nine assists, and the San Antonio Spurs got off to a strong start five months after last season’s disappointing loss in the NBA Finals, beating the Memphis Grizzlies 101-94 Wednesday night.
Kevin Love had 31 points and 17 rebounds and hit the game-tying 3-pointer with 10.2 seconds left to force overtime in the Minnesota Timberwolves’ 120-115 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.
Michael Carter-Williams had Allen Iverson cheering from his suite and left LeBron James impressed.
The Knicks blew an enormous second-half lead before pulling away from the Bucks in a season-opening victory that was more about survival than execution.
Dwight Howard had 17 points and a career-high-tying 26 rebounds in his Houston debut, James Harden added 21 points and the Rockets cruised to a 96-83 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night.
Greg Monroe had 24 points and 16 rebounds, and the new-look Detroit Pistons won their season opener in convincing fashion, beating the Washington Wizards 113-102 Wednesday night.
Carmelo Anthony had 19 points and 10 rebounds, making a pair of baskets in a finishing run after New York had blown a 25-point lead, and the Knicks beat the Milwaukee Bucks 90-83 on Wednesday night in the season opener for both teams.
Anderson Varejao’s basket with 28 seconds left — off an assist from Kyrie Irving — sent Cleveland to a 98-94 win on Wednesday night over the remodeled Brooklyn Nets in coach Mike Brown’s first game back with the Cavaliers.
Rudy Gay had 19 points and eight rebounds, Amir Johnson and DeMar DeRozan each scored 13 points and the Toronto Raptors snapped a three-game losing streak in home openers by beating the Boston Celtics 93-87 on Wednesday night.
The Knicks opened what they believe will be a magical season by letting a huge lead vanish. But with the game on the line and the Garden fans at the edge of their seats, the Knicks' two All-Stars elevated their games.
It was supposed to be a new beginning for Andrea Bargnani.
NEW YORK — A win is a win, but the Knicks’ opening night victory left Mike Woodson with plenty to be concerned about. His team blew a 25-point lead, turned the ball over 14 times in the second half and missed 10 of 13 3-point attempts. “That’s not us,” the coach said. But there’s at least one thing Woodson and the Knicks can feel good about on Thursday morning. And it’s this: Tyson Chandler seems to be healthy and productive. The Knicks center finished with 10 points, six rebounds and five blocks and made several key plays in the final two minutes to help save New York from a forgettable opening act.
NEW YORK — Less than 24 minutes into his Knicks’ tenure, Andrea Bargnani already had some of the fans inside a packed Madison Square Garden groaning. Bargnani scored just six points in 17 minutes in the Knicks’ 90-83 win over the Bucks. Bargnani shot just 3-for-9 and missed all three of his shots from beyond the arc. “Individually in the first half I struggled shooting the ball. They were all good shots,” Bargnani said. “I got to keep making those.
NEW YORK — Point guard Raymond Felton left Wednesday’s game against Milwaukee briefly in the second half due to discomfort in his left hamstring. The ailment is a bit concerning for New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson because Felton injured the same hamstring on Oct. 17 in a preseason game against Washington. “I’ve got to see how he feels [Thursday] because that’s something that you don’t want to play with,” Woodson said. The coach suggested that if Felton is in discomfort, he could be held out of the game against Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls.
Carmelo Anthony’s troublesome left shoulder was wrapped in ice, and somewhere Mike Woodson was likely applying a cold press to his head. That’s the kind of night it was for the Knicks and their coach.
Knicks president Steve Mills would neither confirm nor deny that Garden Chairman James Dolan delivered an edict to the coaching staff that he expects the Knicks to win the NBA title this season.
The name changed, but the dream never did. And on Wednesday night, the dream finally became a reality. Metta World Peace — or Ron Artest, as people around here knew him — donned a Knicks uniform and played for his hometown team as it won its season opener, 90-83.
The Heat lost, the Nets lost. The Bulls already were losers. At his locker after the game on Wednesday, Tyson Chandler couldn’t help but smile at the stutter starts by his future rivals.
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