76ers 114, Heat 110
Spencer Hawes scored 24 points and hit the winning basket late in the fourth quarter to lead the host Philadelphia 76ers past the Miami Heat.
The Sixers were strong from the opening tip, they made their first 11 shots and raced to a stunning 26-4 lead. The Heat, though, erased the deficit in the third quarter and appeared to take control behind LeBron James.
Hawes hit a 3-pointer, then a driving layup for a 109-108 lead with 2:01 left.
James blew two chances in a row to put Miami up, losing the ball on a drive down the middle, then missed a 6-footer on the next possession.
Shane Battier missed his seventh consecutive 3-point attempt, and the Sixers put the game away from the free-throw line.
Michael Carter-Williams had 22 points, 12 assists and set an NBA first-game record with nine steals for the Sixers. Evan Turner scored 26.
James had 25 points and 13 assists and Chris Bosh scored 22 for Miami.
Mavericks 118, Hawks 109
Monta Ellis scored 32 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 24 to lead the host Dallas Mavericks over the Atlanta Hawks. Vince Carter added 21 for the Mavericks.
Jeff Teague scored 24 points to lead the Hawks.
Pacers 95, Pelicans 90
The visiting Indiana Pacers used a strong fourth-quarter performance to rally and beat the New Orleans Pelicans.
The Pelicans led 76-69 entering the fourth quarter, but could not hold off the Pacers. Paul George scored 32 points to lead the Pacers.
Knicks 90, Bucks 83
Carmelo Anthony had 19 points and 10 rebounds, making a pair of baskets in a finishing run after host New York had blown a 25-point lead, and the Knicks beat the Milwaukee Bucks in the season opener for both teams.
Seemingly coasting to a second consecutive opening-night blowout, the Knicks instead were behind with under 3 minutes remaining before Tyson Chandler’s follow dunk and two consecutive baskets by Anthony put them back ahead by five.
Chandler added another basket in the Knicks’ 10-2 run to close out their sixth consecutive victory over the Bucks.
Raptors 93, Celtics 87
Rudy Gay had 19 points and eight rebounds, Amir Johnson and DeMar DeRozan each scored 13 points and the host Toronto Raptors snapped a three-game losing streak in home openers.
Jeff Green had 25 points, Brandon Bass had 17 and Vitor Faverani 13 for the Celtics, who were beaten in new coach Brad Stevens’ NBA debut.
Pistons 113, Wizards 102
Greg Monroe had 24 points and 16 rebounds, and the host Detroit Pistons won their season opener in convincing fashion.
Andre Drummond added 12 points and eight rebounds for Detroit, which is hoping to snap a streak of four consecutive seasons without reaching the playoffs. Trevor Ariza scored 28 points for the Wizards.
Spurs 101, Grizzlies 94
The host San Antonio Spurs used a 30-7 surge in the second quarter to take command.
Kawhi Leonard and Boris Diaw both scored 14 points to lead a balanced attack that featured six players scoring in double figures for the Spurs.
Rockets 96, Bobcats 83
Dwight Howard had 17 points and a career-high-tying 26 rebounds in his Houston debut, James Harden added 21 points and the host Rockets cruised. The Rockets led by four points in the fourth quarter before using a 14-4 run to extend the lead to 86-72 with about 3½ minutes left. Harden tossed an alley-oop to Howard for a dunk during that span.
Timberwolves 120, ?Magic 115
The host Minnesota Timberwolves recovered after blowing a nine-point lead to start the fourth quarter and beat the Orlando Magic in overtime. Nikola Pekovic had two layups and a free throw in the first half of the overtime period to help Minnesota take a six-point lead. Kevin Love scored 31 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to lead the Timberwolves.
Thunder 101, Jazz 98
Kevin Durant hit 22-of-24 free-throw tries and scored 42 points to lead the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder. Alec Burks scored 24 points off the bench to pace Utah.