CHICAGO — Derrick Rose matched a career high with 39 points and the Chicago Bulls staged a big rally to beat the Detroit Pistons 101-91 on Saturday night.
Chicago trailed by 21 early in the third quarter and was still down 86-73 about three minutes into the fourth when it went on a 19-2 run to pull out a dramatic win in the home opener.
Rose was serenaded by "MVP! MVP!" chants down the stretch, and he certainly played like one, scoring eight in the final period, but he had help.
Joakim Noah had 15 points and 17 rebounds. Taj Gibson scored 11. James Johnson wound up with eight points and nine rebounds, and the Bulls delivered in the end after coming up short down the stretch in the opener against Oklahoma City.
Chicago overcame a spectacular first half by former Bulls star Ben Gordon, who scored all of his 21 points before intermission, and held the Pistons to 4-of-21 shooting in the fourth, making them 0-3 for the first time since they dropped the first four games of the 1999-2000 season.
HORNETS 99, SPURS 90: At San Antonio, Chris Paul scored 25 points and New Orleans emerged as the only unbeaten team in the Southwest Division.
David West added 18 points and the Hornets got first-year coach Monty Williams off to a 3-0 start after a win over his former coach and mentor, Gregg Popovich. Tony Parker scored 13 points only hours after signing a four-year extension worth $50 million, but the Spurs shot miserably in the third quarter and never recovered. Manu Ginobili led San Antonio with 23 points.
BUCKS 98, BOBCATS 88: At Milwaukee, Brandon Jennings had his first career triple-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in the Bucks' victory in their home opener. Andrew Bogut added 14 points, eight rebounds and four blocks for Milwaukee.
HAWKS 99, WIZARDS 95: At Atlanta, Joe Johnson scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and the Hawks remained unbeaten, winning their home opener.
NUGGETS 107, ROCKETS 94: At Houston, Al Harrington scored 28 points and Carmelo Anthony had 24 to help Denver ruin Houston's first home game. Chauncey Billups scored 13 points, Nene had 12 points and 12 rebounds and the Nuggets won in Houston for only the fifth time in the last 18 games there. Luis Scola scored 28 and Kevin Martin added 21 for the Rockets, who are 0-3 for the first time since the 1999-00 season.Comment on this story
TRAIL BLAZERS 100, KNICKS 95: At New York, Brandon Roy scored 29 points, LaMarcus Aldridge added 20 and unbeaten Portland rallied to spoil the Knicks' home opener. Andre Miller had 19 points and 10 assists for the Trail Blazers, who improved to 3-0 by erasing a nine-point deficit in the final 5 1/2 minutes. Aldridge hit the tiebreaking free throw with 25.5 seconds left, and both he and Miller made two apiece in the final half-minute.
GRIZZLIES 109, TIMBERWOLVES 89: At Memphis, Tenn., O.J. Mayo scored 29 points and the Grizzlies finished with a franchise-record 22 steals in the victory.
KINGS 107, CAVALIERS 104: At Cleveland, Tyreke Evans scored 21 points and the balanced Kings rallied to get the win. Omri Casspi added 20 points for Sacramento, which trailed by 16 in the first half.
PACERS 99, 76ERS 86: At Indianapolis, Danny Granger scored 22 points to lead Indiana to the win in its home opener.