PHILADELPHIA — Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh have their first win with Miami, and the Big Three got help from some big 3s in the Heat's 97-87 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.
Playing with purpose a night after an 88-80 loss in a hyped showdown with Boston, the three looked as if they still need some games to get used to playing with each other. Only Wade, with 30 points, looked particularly sharp against the Sixers. The Heat hit three straight 3-pointers in the third quarter to bust open an eight-point halftime lead.
James scored 16 points and Bosh had 15.
CAVALIERS 95, CELTICS 87: At Cleveland, playing their first game in seven years without LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers stunned the Celtics in their season opener, a win that at least for one night gave local fans reason to believe that life will be OK minus the two-time MVP. J.J. Hickson scored 21 points, Daniel Gibson added 16 — all in the second half.
NETS 101, PISTONS 98: At Newark, N.J., Anthony Morrow hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 26 seconds to play and New Jersey gave Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov a win in his first game as their owner with a victory over Detroit. The Nets outscored the Pistons 13-3 in the final 1:40 to give Avery Johnson a win in his first game as coach — coming much quicker than last season, when they set an NBA record losing their first 18 games.
KNICKS 98, RAPTORS 93: At Toronto, Wilson Chandler scored 22 points, Amare Stoudemire had 19 points and 10 rebounds.
MAVERICKS 101, BOBCATS 86: At Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki had 28 points and 13 rebounds, Jason Kidd added 12 points and 18 assists.
THUNDER 106, BULLS 95: At Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored 30 points, Russell Westbrook added 28 points and 10 rebounds and the Thunder beat the new-look Bulls. Derrick Rose scored 28 points to lead the Bulls in Tom Thibodeaux's debut as head coach.
HORNETS 95, BUCKS 91: At New Orleans, Chris Paul had 17 points and 16 assists, and the New Orleans Hornets gave Monty Williams a victory in his NBA head coaching debut. Andrew Bogut had 15 points and 15 rebounds, but his night was ruined by 3-of-10 shooting on free throws, including six critical misses in the fourth quarter.
HAWKS 119, GRIZZLIES 104: At Memphis, Tenn., Joe Johnson scored 22 points and Zaza Pachulia provided a spark off the bench with 17 points and 11 rebounds, leading the Hawks.1 comment on this story
Mike Bibby added 19 points as the Hawks shot 53 percent from the field and 87 percent from the free throw line. Atlanta has won its last four season openers.
SPURS 122, PACERS 109: At San Antonio, Tim Duncan had 23 points and 12 rebounds.
KINGS 117, TIMBERWOLVES 116: At Minneapolis, Carl Landry had 22 points and 11 rebounds and the Kings held off the Timberwolves.
WARRIORS 132, ROCKETS 128: At Oakland, Calif., Monte Ellis matched his career high with 46 points.
TRAIL BLAZERS 98, CLIPPERS 88: At Los Angeles, all five Portland starters reached double digits, while former Jazz guard Wesley Matthews scored four.