Thu, 29 Oct, 2015, 09:20
Jonas Valanciunas had 21 points and 15 rebounds, DeMar DeRozan scored 25 and the Toronto Raptors beat the Indiana Pacers 106-99 on Wednesday on opening night for each team.
Kyle Lowry scored 23 points and DeMarre Carroll had 14 in his Raptors debut. Luis Scola, who didn’t score against his former team, was the only Raptors starter not to reach double figures.
Toronto has won its last five games against Indiana.
THUNDER 112, SPURS 106
In Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook had 33 points and 10 assists to help Billy Donovan win his NBA coaching debut as the Thunder beat San Antonio.
Kevin Durant scored 22 points in his first regular-season game since February. He made just 6 of 19 field goals, but hit two critical free throws with 11.5 seconds remaining to put the Thunder in control.
Enes Kanter had 15 points and 16 rebounds off the bench for the Thunder.
KNICKS 122, BUCKS 97
In Milwaukee, Derrick Williams scored 24 points, 20-year-old Kristaps Porzingis had 16 in his NBA debut, and New York beat the Bucks in the season opener for each team.
Williams got easy looks under the basket to help New York open a 12-point halftime lead. He started the fourth quarter with a dunk off an alley-oop pass from rookie Jerian Grant that made it 92-73.
Greg Monroe led the Bucks with 22 points and 14 rebounds.
CAVALIERS 106, GRIZZLIES 76
In Memphis, Tenn., Kevin Love had 17 points and 13 rebounds, Richard Jefferson had 14 points and Cleveland built a big early advantage and wrecked the Grizzlies’ season opener.
Cleveland capitalized on Memphis’ shooting woes, building a double-digit lead in the first quarter and extending the margin to 32 in the fourth. The Cavaliers lost their season opener to the Bulls 97-95 on Tuesday night.
LeBron James, Jared Cunningham and Matthew Dellavedova had 12 points each, with James 4 of 13 from the field. Jefferson was five of six, including all three 3-point tries, part of Cleveland shooting 45 percent from beyond the arc.
NUGGETS 105, ROCKETS 85
In Houston, Danilo Gallinari scored 23 points and Denver never trailed in a 105-85 victory over the Rockets in the season opener for both teams.
The Nuggets were up by nine points with about 9 minutes remaining when they used a 6-0 run — with four points from Emmanuel Mudiay — to extend the lead to 85-72 and send fans streaming to the exits.
James Harden led Houston with 22 points, but made just 6 of 21 shots and was 2 of 12 from 3-point range.
HEAT 104, HORNETS 94
In Miami, Chris Bosh scored 21 points in his first game since getting sick last February, Dwyane Wade added 20 and the Heat beat Charlotte in the season opener for both teams.
Gerald Green scored 19 off the bench and Luol Deng finished with 13 for Miami, which used a 26-6 run in the second quarter to take control and beat the Hornets for the 14th consecutive time at home.
The Heat made 12 of 20 shots from 3-point range, including one from Deng with 38.8 seconds left to help seal the win.
BULLS 115, NETS 100
In New York, Jimmy Butler scored 24 points, Nikola Mirotic had 18 and Chicago won for the second time in two nights to open the season, beating the Nets.
Pau Gasol added 16 points and Derrick Rose 15 for the Bulls, who followed their season-opening victory over Cleveland by shooting 54 percent and leading by as many as 19. They built a big early lead, blew most of it with a defenseless second quarter and quickly pulled away again in the third.
Brook Lopez had 26 points and Andrea Bargnani had 17. The Nets opened their 40th season in the NBA by falling into a quick 7-0 hole and trailing the rest of the way. They missed all nine 3-point attempts.
PISTONS 92, JAZZ 87
In Auburn Hills, Mich., Reggie Jackson put Detroit ahead on a driving layup with 17 seconds left, and the Pistons held on to beat Utah for their second consecutive victory to start the season.
It’s the first time the Pistons have been two games over .500 since they were 33-31 in March of 2009, according to STATS.
The Jazz, playing their season opener, scored seven consecutive points late in the fourth quarter and took an 87-86 lead on Gordon Hayward’s driving bank shot with 23 seconds to play. After a timeout, Jackson got to the basket quickly and scored to put Detroit ahead to stay.
CELTICS 112, 76ERS 95
In Boston, Isaiah Thomas had 27 points and seven assists, and the Celtics beat Philadelphia in the season opener for each team.
Led by Thomas, Boston’s reserves outscored their counterparts with Philadelphia, 67-15. Amir Johnson added 15 points and seven rebounds, and Jared Sullinger had 12 points and seven boards.
WIZARDS 88, MAGIC 87
In Orlando, Fla., John Wall hit a floater with 12.7 seconds to play and Washington rallied to defeat the Magic in the season opener for both teams.
Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 24 points, followed by Wall with 22.