Jason Kidd had a triple-double with 16 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists, and Richard Jefferson scored 22 points to lead the New Jersey Nets to a 93-88 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.
Chris Kaman had 26 points and 18 rebounds, Cuttino Mobley hit two fadeaway jumpers in the final 76 seconds, and the Los Angeles Clippers opened their season with a 120-114 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Friday night.
Vladimir Radmanovic made all four of his 3-pointers and scored 19 points, and Kobe Bryant added 16 points and 11 rebounds, leading the Los Angeles Lakers to a stunning 119-98 rout of listless Phoenix in the Suns’ home opener on Friday night.
Tim Duncan and Tony Parker scored 15 points apiece, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Sacramento Kings 96-80 Friday night to remain unbeaten.
Kevin Garnett’s dazzling debut with the Celtics gave their fans and long-suffering Paul Pierce plenty to celebrate.
Minnesota outplayed Denver for most of Friday night, but couldn’t come up with the big shots down the stretch and Carmelo Anthony scored 33 points to rally the Nuggets to a 99-91 victory.
Isiah Thomas was having scary flashbacks. As Cleveland’s star drove the lane, found open teammates and basically took over, New York’s coach could only think of one other player. LeBron James looked just like Mike. Jordan, that is.
Andre Miller scored 25 points, Andre Iguodala added 11 of his 22 in the fourth quarter, and the Philadelphia 76ers hung on to beat the Chicago Bulls 96-85 on Friday night.
Andrea Bargnani scored 21 points Friday night to lead Toronto to a 106-69 victory over New Jersey in the first meeting between the teams since the Nets ousted the Raptors in the opening round of last season’s playoffs.
One win won’t end the NBA’s longest active playoff drought, but for the Atlanta Hawks it was a good start.
Danny Granger was 10-of-13 from the field and had 25 points and nine rebounds to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Miami Heat 87-85 on Friday night.
Chauncey Billups had 18 points and seven assists Friday night to lead the Detroit Pistons to a second straight victory without Richard Hamilton, 116-92 over the Orlando Magic.