Pistons roll in home opener, 108-82 over Magic
Andre Drummond had 12 points and 20 rebounds, helping Detroit rout the Orlando Magic 108-82 on Friday night in what might have been the final home opener for the Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Pistons owner Tom Gores confirmed before the game the team is close on a deal to move downtown next season.
Aaron Gordon led the Magic with 17 points.
Detroit went on a 16-0 run in the second quarter to take a 44-24 lead, and the Pistons ended up outscoring Orlando 30-9 in the period. The Magic trailed 54-31 at halftime after shooting just 27 percent from the field.
There were so many missed shots by Orlando that Drummond had 16 rebounds in the first half alone. Drummond reached 20 rebounds for the 28th time in his career.
Irving, James help Cavs hold off Raptors 94-91
DeRozan had 32 points for Toronto in the first of four games scheduled between last season’s Eastern Conference finalists. Cleveland beat Toronto in six games on its way to winning the franchise’s first NBA championship.
Kevin Love had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Cavs. Toronto’s Jonas Valanciunas had his second straight double-double to open the season with 10 points and 17 rebounds, while Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson had his first of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Toronto never led during the first three quarters but then pulled within one point on four occasions in the fourth, finally going ahead on a free throw fromKyle Lowry with 2:37 left. Lowry had 17 points.
Lin leads Nets past Pacers, 103-94 in home opener
Lin finished with nine rebounds and nine assists, drawing some delirious cheers the way he briefly did during his run of Linsanity last time he played in New York, with the Knicks in 2012.
Sean Kilpatrick hit consecutive 3-pointers during the decisive fourth-quarter surge as the Nets gave new coach Kenny Atkinson his first victory, not far from where the Northport native grew up.
Kilpatrick added 18 points for the Nets. They lost to Boston in their opener.
Paul George had 22 points and nine rebounds for the Pacers.
Russell Westbrook’s 51 triple-double points most since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
According to the Thunder, it was the first 50-point triple-double since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had one in 1975. Westbrook finished with 13 rebounds and 10 assists and took a career-high 44 shots.
Westbrook made a layup to put the Thunder up a point with 7.6 seconds remaining. Phoenix’s Devin Booker missed a layup and Westbrook was fouled. Westbrook scored his 50th and 51st points at the free throw line with 3.5 seconds remaining. Booker missed a 3-pointer as time expired.
Westbrook was 17-for-44 from the field, 2-for-10 from 3-point range and made 15 of 20 free throws.
Westbrook has 38 career triple-doubles. He scored 39 points in the second half and overtime.
T.J. Warren had a career-high 30 points for the Suns.
Hornets rally from 19 down in second half, top Heat 97-91
Kemba Walker scored 24 points and the Hornets erased a 19-point deficit in the third quarter on the way to beating Miami 97-91. Charlotte won in the building where its season ended in Game 7 of a first-round matchup last spring, albeit against a very different Heat team that played a home opener without Dwyane Wade on the roster for the first time since 2002.
Hassan Whiteside led Miami with 20 points and 15 rebounds but sat a long stretch of the second half with foul trouble and needed four stitches to close a gash on his left elbow.
Rockets top Mavs 106-98 with Nowitzki out for home opener.
Nowitzki didn’t play for just the second time in 19 home openers with Dallas. The 38-year-old had a stomach ailment bad enough that coach Rick Carlisle wasn’t sure he would make the trip to Houston for the Rockets’ home opener Sunday.
Harrison Barnes, playing his first home game for the Mavericks after signing a max contract in the summer, had a career-high 31 points.
Harden went scoreless while playing the entire first quarter, missing all five shots, before getting 10 points in the second and 12 in the third. His 3-pointer from a couple of feet behind the arc gave the Rockets their first double-digit lead at 77-67 in the final minute of the third.
Hill has 23 points, Jazz beat Lakers 96-89 in home opener
The Jazz used a 16-1 run spanning halftime to take an 11-point lead, but the Lakers closed the third quarter on a 22-11 run — highlighted by Tarik Black‘s put-backs and Lou Williams’ 3 — to take a 65-64 lead.
The Jazz trailed by four midway in the fourth quarter when Hill’s 3-pointer sparked an 11-0 run for an 83-76 lead. Utah led the rest of the way.
Jazz forward Derrick Favors returned from a knee injury that kept him out for most of the preseason and the season opener. He finished with 15 points, nine rebounds and two blocks. Teammate Rodney Hood added 15.
Williams led the Lakers with 17 points.
Kevin Durant scored 30 points, Klay Thompson added 28 and the Golden State Warriors bounced back emphatically from a surprising season-opening loss to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 122-114 on Friday night.
After scoring only six points on five shot attempts in the first half, Stephen Curryasserted himself more with an array of inside and deep shots to finish with 23 points, including a momentum-swinging 8-0 run by himself in the third quarter. Durant also had 17 rebounds.
Anthony Davis, who scored 50 points in New Orleans’ season-opening loss, finished with 45 points and 17 rebounds against Golden State, but the Pelicans struggled to trim their deficit below double digits for much of the final quarter.