Knicks 104, Heat 84
Carmelo Anthony had 30 points and 10 rebounds, and the Knicks gave suffering New Yorkers something to cheer with a victory over the visiting Miami Heat in their storm-delayed season opener Friday.
In the first sporting event in New York since Superstorm Sandy, the Knicks dominated a game the Heat players weren’t sure should even be played with the city still so devastated. But the Knicks hoped they could provide a distraction for a few hours, and fans who were able to watch surely loved what they saw from a team that could barely compete with Miami last season.
Steve Novak, a non-factor against the Heat in last season’s playoffs, added 17 points off the bench and Raymond Felton had 14 points and nine assists for the Knicks.
LeBron James scored 23 points for the Heat, and Dwyane Wade finished with 15 points.
Bobcats 90, Pacers 89
Kemba Walker scored a career-high 30 points in Mike Dunlap’s coaching debut and the host Charlotte Bobcats snapped a 23-game losing streak. The Bobcats, playing with a newfound aggressiveness on defense under Dunlap, forced 19 turnovers. Walker was the catalyst all game, hitting nine of his first 13 shots. Walker also drew contact along the way, making 9-of-10 free throws, an area where the Pacers struggled all game, shooting just 59 percent. Gerald Henderson added 18 points for the Bobcats.
Bucks 99, Celtics 88
Brandon Jennings had 21 points, 13 assists and six steals and the visiting Milwaukee Bucks won their opening game for the first time in six years. The Bucks never trailed after the first 6 minutes and led by at least 11 points throughout the second half against the Boston Celtics.
Rockets 109, Hawks 102
James Harden continued to shine at the start of his Houston career, scoring a career-high 45 points to lead the Rockets over the host Atlanta Hawks. Harden topped 30 points for the second time in his first week with his new team. Jeremy Lin had 21 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists and Marcus Morris had 17 points for Houston. Lou Williams led the Hawks with 22 points in his Atlanta debut.
Thunder 106, Trail Blazers 92
Russell Westbrook scored 32 points, Kevin Durant had 23 points and 17 rebounds for host Oklahoma City, which won its fourth straight home opener. Kevin Martin added 19 points as Oklahoma City pulled away in the fourth quarter. Martin hit a 3-pointer and a runner during an 11-2 spurt that extended the Thunder’s lead to 95-81 with 4:05 remaining.
Timberwolves 92, Kings 80
J.J. Barea had 21 points and five assists in 28 minutes for host Minnesota, helping the Timberwolves overcome a weak shooting performance in their season opener and beat the Sacramento Kings. Brandon Roy pitched in 10 points, six assists and five rebounds and Andrei Kirilenko added 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists as both players returned to NBA action for the first time since the end of the 2010-11 season.
Magic 102, Nuggets 89
Glen Davis scored 29 points, J.J. Redick added 21 and the host Orlando Magic sprinted out to an early lead before holding off the Denver Nuggets. Danilo Gallinari led the Nuggets with 23 points, with Ty Lawson chipping in 12. But Denver struggled offensively, unable to dig out of a 20-point, first-half hole.
Hornets 88, Jazz 86
Greivis Vasquez hit a driving layup with 1.3 seconds left, leading host New Orleans to a win over the Utah Jazz, even though the Hornets played without rookie center Anthony Davis for the second half. Davis, the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, left with 4:51 to play in the first half after taking an inadvertent elbow to the temple from fellow rookie and teammate Austin Rivers. Davis had eight points.