Saturday's Feature Game
Sacramento at Dallas (8:30 p.m. EDT). Reigning NBA MVP Dirk Nowitzki leads the Mavericks against the Kings.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.