Saturday's Feature Game

Sacramento at Dallas (8:30 p.m. EDT). Reigning NBA MVP Dirk Nowitzki leads the Mavericks against the Kings.

STARS Thursday

—Tayshaun Prince, Pistons, scored a career-high 34 points and matched a career best with 12 rebounds, in a 91-80 victory over Miami.

—Tracy McGrady, Rockets, scored 47 points and Houston beat Utah 106-95.

STRONG IN DEFEAT

Carlos Boozer had 30 points and 16 rebounds in Utah's 106-95 loss to Houston on Thursday night.

SIGNED

Al Jefferson signed a five-year, $65 million with the Minnesota Timberwolves just before the deadline Wednesday night. The 22-year-old forward was acquired from Boston in a trade July 31.

WAIVED

The New Jersey Nets waived guard David Wesley on Thursday, less than a week after the team traded for the 14-year veteran. The Nets acquired Wesley on Monday from New Orleans for swingman Bernard Robinson, center Mile Ilic and cash considerations.

SPEAKING

"We feel like it's Game 8 for us. We wanted to get this win and start our new season." — Yao Ming after Houston's 106-95 win at Utah on Thursday night. Yao was referring to the seven-game series the Jazz rallied to win last season.

STARS Wednesday

—Carmelo Anthony, and Allen Iverson, Nuggets. Anthony had 32 points and Iverson added 25 and 14 assists in Denver's 120-103 victory over Seattle.

—Manu Ginobili, San Antonio, scored 30 points, including the go-ahead basket with 32 seconds left, and the Spurs beat the Grizzlies 104-101.

—Richard Jefferson, New Jersey, scored 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the Nets' 112-103 overtime victory over Chicago.

—Chris Paul, New Orleans, had 22 points and 12 assists to lead the Hornets' to a 104-90 win over Sacramento.

DEBUTS

Kevin Durant scored 18 points in 31 minutes, but shot just 7-of-22 in his NBA debut, Seattle's 120-103 loss to Denver. ... Rashard Lewis scored 26 points to lift Orlando to a 102-83 victory over Milwaukee. ... Jamaal Tinsley scored 16 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, and the Indiana Pacers beat Washington 119-110 Wednesday night to give coach Jim O'Brien a win in his debut. ... Newly acquired shooting guard Morris Peterson had 13, including three 3-pointers for the Hornets' in a 104-90 victory over Sacramento, to spoil Reggie Theus' coaching debut.

WRIGHT STUFF

Antoine Wright scored 14 of his career-high 21 points in the fourth quarter and overtime to lead New Jersey to a 112-103 victory over Chicago on Wednesday night.

LE-BRICK

Jason Terry scored 24 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 15 and Dallas beat Cleveland 92-74. LeBron James had the worst opening night of his 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.

MAKING MOVES

The Houston Rockets on Wednesday extended guard Luther Head's contract through the 2008-09 season. The 6-foot-3 Head has averaged 9.8 points and 2.6 assists since the Rockets drafted him 24th overall in the 2005 draft. ... The Minnesota Timberwolves exercised the third-year option on guard Randy Foye and the fourth-year option on guard Rashad McCants. Foye, a second-year player from Villanova, earned All-Rookie first-team honors in 2006-07. McCants averaged 7.9 points and 1.8 rebounds in 79 games as a rookie. ... The Toronto Raptors signed forward Kris Humphries to a contract extension through the 2010-11 season.

OUT

Pacers forward Jermaine O'Neal sat out Indiana's regular-season opener against Washington on Wednesday night because of a hyperextended left knee. O'Neal, a six-time All-Star, was hurt Oct. 8 when he collided with Shawne Williams during practice. The Pacers beat Washington 119-110 in overtime.