CLEVELAND The Dallas Mavericks began anew. LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers wish they could start over.
Jason Terry scored 24 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 15 and the Mavericks, whose NBA title pursuit last season ended with a stunning first-round exit against Golden State, opened 2007-08 with a 92-74 victory over the Cavaliers on Wednesday night.
The Mavericks held a foul-plagued James scoreless in the first half and made an impressive debut in dominating the defending Eastern Conference champions, who are being given little chance of making a return trip to the finals.
Jerry Stackhouse added 17 points for Dallas, which got six 3-pointers from Terry and finished 9-of-18 behind the arc.
James had the worst opening night of his brilliant career. He had 10 points on 2-of-11 shooting and was a non-factor in the Cavaliers' most lopsided home loss since April 5, 2005.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 17 points and 18 rebounds for the Cavs.
Last season, Dallas seemingly had it all: a playoff-tested roster, the league's best record and in Nowitzki, the MVP. Then came the playoffs, and it all meant nothing against the only-small-in-stature Warriors, who stunned the Mavericks in six games.
Coach Avery Johnson has already been preaching patience to his players.
"We're ready for a long season," he said before the game. "It's not about one moment or one game. It's about the season."The Mavericks looked poised to make it another good one as they schooled the Cavs with ball movement, help defense and a go-for-the-throat attitude from the start. Dallas led by 14 after one quarter, 20 at halftime and eventually built a 25-point advantage before the Cavs closed down the stretch.
MAGIC 102, BUCKS 83: At Orlando, Fla., Rashard Lewis scored 26 points and Hedo Turkoglu had 24 to lift Orlando. The Magic were 12-of-22 from 3-point range, compared with 4-of-17 for the Bucks. Lewis was 4-of-5 on 3s and Turkoglu 3-for-5. The Magic shot better from 3-point range (54 percent) than the field (44 percent). Michael Redd scored 25 points for Milwaukee and Bobby Simmons added 16. Yi Jianlian had nine points and three rebounds in 25 minutes in his debut.
PACERS 119, WIZARDS 110 (OT): At Indianapolis, Jamaal Tinsley scored 16 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, and Indiana won in coach Jim O'Brien's debut. Tinsley had nine rebounds and eight assists. Mike Dunleavy had 25 points and 12 rebounds, and Danny Granger added 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Pacers. Gilbert Arenas led Washington with 34 points, including a 3-pointer as time expired in regulation to force overtime.
RAPTORS 106, 76ERS 97: At Toronto, Andrea Bargnani scored 20 points and Toronto began defense of the Atlantic Division title with the win over Philadelphia. T.J. Ford had 14 points and 12 assists for Toronto, while Chris Bosh scored 16 points, and Anthony Parker and Jose Calderon finished with 13 apiece.
NETS 112, BULLS 103 (OT): At East Rutherford, N.J., Antoine Wright scored 14 of his career-high 21 points in the fourth quarter and overtime to lead New Jersey over distracted Chicago. Richard Jefferson added 29 points and 10 rebounds, Vince Carter had 24 points and Jason Kidd handed out 13 assists to lead the Nets to their 12th straight win over Chicago in New Jersey. Ben Gordon had 27 points and Luol Deng added 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls, who have been distracted in recent days by rumors of a possible major trade for Kobe Bryant.
SPURS 104, GRIZZLIES 101: At Memphis, Tenn., Manu Ginobili scored 30 points, including the go-ahead basket with 32 seconds left, for San Antonio. Ginobili, who had nine points down the stretch, added seven assists and drew a late charge from Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay to preserve the Spurs' lead. Gay's desperation shot just before the buzzer was off the mark as Memphis lost its season opener.
HORNETS 104, KINGS 90: At New Orleans, Chris Paul had 22 points and 12 assists, while Peja Stojakovic added 19 points for the Hornets in their first game returning to New Orleans full-time. Tyson Chandler had 15 points and 13 rebounds for New Orleans, while David West showed no signs of a recent ankle sprain in scoring 17.
Defensively, Sacramento missed Ron Artest, who is serving a seven-game suspension after pleading no contest to a charge related to domestic violence. With Mike Bibby out at least eight weeks after surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb, the Kings' offensive firepower was diminished as well.Kevin Martin led the Kings with 26 points, while John Salmons scored 22.
NUGGETS 120, SUPERSONICS 103: At Denver, Kevin Durant's shot was off in his NBA debut, and Denver beat Seattle in the season opener for both teams. Durant scored 18 points in 31 minutes, but shot just 7-of-22. Carmelo Anthony bottled up the rookie on defense, and showed him a move or two on offense. Anthony finished with 32 points, making three 3-pointers. Allen Iverson had 25 points and 14 assists, and Linas Kleiza chipped in 18 points and hit five 3-pointers. Damien Wilkins had 21 points for Seattle and reserve Delonte West chipped in 19.