Magic 116, Heat 109
Evan Fournier scored 23 points, Nikola Vucevic had 19 points and 13 rebounds and host Orlando held off Miami in its season opener Wednesday night.
Fournier stalled the Heat’s rally by scoring seven points in the final 2:27, including a driving basket with 30 seconds left. The Heat trailed by 17 early in the fourth quarter but cut the deficit to two with 2:39 to play.
Pacers 140, Nets 131
Victor Oladipo scored 22 points in his Indiana debut, Darren Collison added 21 points and 11 assists in his return to Indianapolis, and the host Pacers held off Brooklyn in their season opener.
Eight players scored in double figures as the Pacers, in their first game since trading All-Star Paul George, produced their highest point total since a 144-point game against Denver on Nov. 9, 2010.
Pistons 102, Hornets 90
Tobias Harris scored 17 of his 27 points in the first quarter, helping host Detroit celebrate its return downtown with a victory over Charlotte.
The Pistons and Hornets opened the season in Little Caesars Arena, a new facility that brought them back to the city for the first time in nearly four decades. Eminem made a surprise appearance, grabbing the microphone to fire up the crowd just before tipoff.
Wizards 120, 76ers 115
John Wall scored 28 points, Bradley Beal rebounded from a rough start to add 25 and host Washington spoiled the NBA debuts of top picks Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz by beating Philadelphia.
The Sixers cut their deficit to two in the final minute of the season opener for both teams. A pair of Philadelphia turnovers and a 3-point miss by J.J. Redick allowed the Wizards to hold on.
Bucks 108, Celtics 100
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 16 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter, and Milwaukee opened its season with a victory over host Boston to spoil the homecoming of a Celtics team coming off a late and emotional season opener.
One night after a gruesome broken ankle just six minutes into the season cost Boston top free agent Gordon Hayward — perhaps for the entire season — the Celtics fell to 0-2 by giving up an 11-1 run that left Milwaukee with a 97-90 lead and under three minutes to play.
Grizzlies 103, Pelicans 91
Mike Conley scored 27 points, rookie Dillon Brooks added 19 and host Memphis beat New Orleans in its season opener.
Marc Gasol had 14 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out with 3:05 left. Memphis won its opener for the second straight year, a first in franchise history.
Hawks 117, Mavericks 111
Dennis Schroder scored 28 points in his first game as the front man for Atlanta and the rebuilding Hawks spoiled rookie Dennis Smith Jr.’s solid Dallas debut, beating the host Mavericks.
Marco Belinelli, a familiar face for the Mavericks as a former rival with San Antonio, added 20 points and was 4 of 6 from 3-point range to help the Hawks in their first game after letting Paul Millsap leave in free agency and dumping Dwight Howard.
Jazz 106, Nuggets 96
Rudy Gobert had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and host Utah beat Denver in the season opener for both teams.
The new-look Jazz — without Gordon Hayward and George Hill — trailed most of the night before Alec Burks took over with a spectacular fourth quarter.
NOTEBOOK: Paul still hurting
Houston guard Chris Paul was out for the Rockets’ game in Sacramento because of a bruised left knee.
The Chicago Bulls suspended forward Bobby Portis for the first eight games of the season for injuring teammate Nikola Mirotic during a fight at practice.
NBA: Fournier, Magic hold off Heat 116-109 in opener
Magic 116, Heat 109