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NBA DAILY FOR THURSDAY, OCT. 30
Recaps of NBA games played Wednesday
Kemba Walker's late heroics lift Hornets over Bucks in OT
The AP reports: CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kemba Walker didn't waste any time at all providing the Charlotte Hornets with a return on their investment.
One night after agreeing to a four-year, $24 million contract extension, the diminutive guard knocked down two huge shots, including the 21-footer from the top of the key with 5 seconds left in overtime to lift Charlotte to a 108-106 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.
Walker scored a game-high 26 points and gave fans more reason to celebrate on a night when they welcomed the Hornets name back to the city after a 12-year absence... Marvin Williams had 19 points, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 17 and Al Jefferson finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Charlotte.
Lance Stephenson had seven points, 13 rebounds and eight assists in his Hornets debut and provided a boost after the Hornets fell behind 74-50 and the crowd starting booing.
Hibbert helps Pacers pull away from 76ers 103-91
The AP reports: INDIANAPOLIS -- Roy Hibbert stepped up when the short-handed Indiana Pacers needed a lift on opening night.
Hibbert had 22 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks, leading the Pacers to a 103-91 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday.
Indiana won its season opener for the fourth consecutive year, but this was the first one during that stretch without All-Star swingman Paul George, who is out after breaking his right leg in two places. The Pacers also played without two other starters, power forward David West (sprained right ankle) and guard George Hill (bruised left knee)... Rodney Stuckey (16 points) and C.J. Miles (15 points), Indiana's two biggest free-agent acquisitions, each made a strong first impression. Donald Sloan had 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, and Chris Copeland finished with 11 points.
Rajon Rondo has double-double in return to help C's beat Nets
The AP reports: BOSTON -- Brad Stevens knew he had an All-Star point guard when he took the Celtics' coaching job, but he didn't really get to see it in his first season on the Boston bench.
Reconstructive knee surgery kept Rajon Rondo out for the first half of Stevens' inaugural season in Boston. Rondo hadn't yet regained his old form when, as Stevens prepared for Year 2, the point guard broke his hand.
After missing the entire exhibition season, though, Rondo returned for the regular-season opener Wednesday night and scored 13 points, adding 12 assists and seven rebounds in 30 minutes to help the Celtics beat the Brooklyn Nets 121-105... Kelly Olynyk had 19 points and Jeff Green added 17 for Boston, which opened a 29-point lead at the end of the third quarter and coasted to the win.
Chris Bosh helps Heat down Wizards to start post-LeBron James era
The AP reports: MIAMI -- Chris Bosh had 26 points and 15 rebounds, Norris Cole scored a career-high 23 points after winning Miami's starting point-guard job, and the Heat opened the post-LeBron James era with a 107-95 win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.
Dwyane Wade added 21 points for Miami, 12 of those down the stretch after he briefly departed with a leg injury. Luol Deng, part of the class assembled this summer after James departed, scored 12.
Marcin Gortat and Drew Gooden led the Wizards with 18 points apiece. Paul Pierce added 17 in his Washington debut, and John Wall finished with 16 points and 11 assists.
DeRozan scores 15 points, Raptors heat Hawks
The AP reports: TORONTO -- DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry both struggled with their shooting, but it didn't matter. Toronto's two top stars found other ways to contribute, and the rest of the roster added plenty of punch in the Raptors' season-opening victory.
DeRozan had 15 points and set career-highs with 11 rebounds and six steals, Lowry added 11 points and 10 assists, and the Raptors opened their defense of the Atlantic Division title with a 109-102 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night... Amir Johnson had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Jonas Valanciunas scored 17 points, and Terrence Ross had 13 for the Raptors, who were an NBA-best 7-1 in the preseason... Kyle Korver, Jeff Teague and Mike Scott each scored 20 points for the Hawks, and Paul Millsap had 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Gasol powers Memphis past Minnesota 105-101
The AP reports: MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Grizzlies are 1-0 for the first time in a long, long time. In fact, all the way back to the team's days in Vancouver.
Marc Gasol scored a career-high 32 points, and the Grizzlies beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 105-101 on Wednesday night for the franchise's first victory in a season opener since 2000, the year before the team moved to Memphis... Zach Randolph added 25 points and 13 rebounds for Memphis, which had dropped its last 13 openers. Gasol also had nine rebounds, and Courtney Lee finished with 14 points... Thaddeus Young had 26 points in his first game with the Timberwolves, going 10 for 18 from the field. Mo Williams scored 18 points and Shabazz Muhammad finished with 13.
Ricky Rubio had 12 points and seven assists, but also committed seven of Minnesota's 23 turnovers.
Derrick Rose scores 13 as Bulls ruin Derek Fisher's coaching debut
The AP reports: NEW YORK -- Derrick Rose spent way too much time sitting and watching the last two seasons.
Yet he wasn't bummed at all about playing just 7 minutes of the second half in his long-awaited return... Pau Gasol had 21 points and 11 rebounds in his Chicago debut, Rose scored 13 points and the Bulls spoiled Derek Fisher's first game as an NBA coach by beating the New York Knicks 104-80 on Wednesday night.
Reserve Taj Gibson finished with 22 points to lead the Bulls, who with a wealth of frontcourt depth didn't even need a big night from Rose. The former MVP took only seven shots and had five assists in 21 minutes in a game Chicago led by as much as 35... Carmelo Anthony had 14 points for the Knicks, who won't have it any easier in the second half of their season-opening, back-to-back. They visit the Cavaliers, the other Eastern Conference favorite, on Thursday in the first game since LeBron James returned to Cleveland.
Nuggets open with 89-79 win over Pistons
The AP reports: DENVER -- With key players returning from injury and still rounding into form, the Denver Nuggets leaned on Kenneth Faried.
Faried had 22 points and 17 rebounds and the Nuggets opened the season with an 89-79 victory over Detroit, spoiling Stan Van Gundy's first game at the Pistons' coach on Wednesday night... Arron Afflalo, in his second tour with Denver after being acquired in an offseason trade with Orlando, had 15 points. Gallinari had seven points on 1-of-8 shooting in limited action in his first game since suffering an ACL injury in April 2013... Josh Smith, Detroit's leading scorer last season, had 25 points to lead the Pistons. D.J. Augustin added 15 points.
Rockets spoil Snyder's NBA coaching debut
The AP reports: SALT LAKE CITY -- Kobe Bryant might have called Dwight Howard "soft" but, just like the Lakers, the Utah Jazz had no one who could stop him.
Howard had 22 points and 10 rebounds and the Houston Rockets beat the Jazz 104-93 on Wednesday night to spoil Quin Snyder's NBA coaching debut.
Howard made six of his first seven shots, many on spin moves for dunks. He was feeling good and it showed... James Harden added 18 points and 10 assists, and Trevor Ariza had 20 points for the Rockets, who opened the season Tuesday night in Los Angeles with a 108-90 victory over the Lakers... Alec Burks led Utah with 18 points. Derrick Favors added 16, and Trey Burke had 15.
Suns rout Lakers 119-99 despite Kobe's 30 points
The AP reports: PHOENIX -- The shots were falling from all over the court for the Phoenix Suns in their home opener Wednesday night.
Kobe Bryant was a one-man show for the Los Angeles Lakers.
The result was a 119-99 Suns blowout.
Isaiah Thomas scored 23 points in his Phoenix debut, Marcus Morris matched his career high with five 3-pointers and the Suns dominated the night despite Bryant's 31 points.
Goran Dragic scored 12 of his 18 points in the third quarter, when the Suns outscored the Lakers 39-24 and led by as many as 29.
Phoenix's Eric Bledsoe had 16 points and nine assists before he drew his second technical foul and was ejected with 30 seconds left in the third quarter.
Warriors whip Kings 95-77 in season opener
The AP reports: SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The only thing Steve Kerr lost in his coaching debut was his voice.
Stephen Curry had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Klay Thompson scored 19 points and the undermanned Golden State Warriors made Kerr a winner in his first game, shaking off a slow start to roll past the Sacramento Kings 95-77 on Wednesday night in the regular-season opener for both teams... Golden State played without power forward David Lee (strained left hamstring) and reserve Brandon Rush (lower back spasms). Center Andrew Bogut also was limited to 18 minutes because of a migraine headache. He said he got on the floor with the help of undisclosed medicine and injections... DeMarcus Cousins had 20 points and 11 rebounds but was often stuck in foul trouble, and Rudy Gay scored 14 points for Sacramento in front of an announced sellout crowd of 17,317.
Blazers rally in fourth quarter to beat short-handed Thunder
The AP reports: PORTLAND, Ore. -- LaMarcus Aldridge's first basket of this season was a bit of a surprise, even to him.
Aldridge hit a 3-pointer and Portland's All-Star forward went on to score 27 points in the Trail Blazers' 106-89 season-opening victory over the injury-depleted Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night... Westbrook picked up the slack, with 38 points, including 26 in the first half... Portland outscored the Thunder 31-12 in the fourth quarter. All five Blazers starters were in double figures.
NBA DAILY FOR WEDNESDAY, OCT. 29
Recaps of NBA games played Tuesday
Pelicans' Anthony Davis narrowly misses triple-double in rout of Magic
The AP reports: NEW ORLEANS -- With 7-footer Omer Asik joining 6-10 All-Star Anthony Davis, the New Orleans Pelicans figured they would have a formidable frontcourt this season.
It sure looked pretty good on opening night.
Davis and Asik combined for 40 points, 34 rebounds and 14 blocks, and New Orleans beat the Orlando Magic 101-84 on Tuesday. "We just know that we're a load in that paint -- him with his great body and me able to move around, just try to follow the ball and get rebounds," said Davis, who scored 26 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and tied a career high with nine blocks. "It's a good combination."
Tobias Harris scored 25 points and Nikola Vucevic added 15 points and 23 rebounds for the Magic, who never led in the second half... First-round pick Elfrid Payton started in his first NBA game in his hometown. Payton is from suburban New Orleans and played his college ball at Louisiana-Lafayette. He had four points, seven assists and five rebounds.
Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili lead Spurs in narrow win over Mavericks
The AP reports: SAN ANTONIO -- Tony Parker made a clutch shot in the fourth quarter. Manu Ginobili had a big game, and Tim Duncan contributed with a double-double.
San Antonio's efficient performance on opening night looked awfully familiar. Parker made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:07 remaining, and the Spurs began their title defense with a thrilling 101-100 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday.
Parker finished with 23 points and Ginobili scored 20 for San Antonio, which shot 53 percent from the field. Tim Duncan had 14 points and 13 rebounds for his 14th double-double in a season opener, the most by any player in NBA history, according to Elias Sports... Monta Ellis scored 26 points for Dallas, and Nowitzki had 18. Devin Harris finished with 17 points.
Rockets' rout of Lakers marred by injury to Julius Randle
The AP reports: LOS ANGELES -- After Lakers rookie Julius Randle left his NBA debut strapped to a wheeled stretcher with a broken right leg, every player at Staples Center gained a sober perspective on the season opener.
Even ex-teammates Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard realized their shouting match was particularly inconsequential in the final minutes of the Houston Rockets' blowout win.
James Harden scored 32 points, Howard added 13 points and 11 rebounds before getting into an exchange with Bryant, and the Rockets spoiled Bryant's return to the Lakers with a 108-90 victory over Los Angeles on Tuesday night.
Bryant's comeback game and the Lakers' return from a 55-loss season went from bad to miserable when Randle broke his right leg in the fourth quarter. The seventh overall pick out of Kentucky collided with two Rockets under the basket and landed awkwardly, collapsing to the court in agony.
After his own Lakers debut ended somberly, coach Byron Scott described the scene as "heartbreaking."