NEW YORK (AP) — Carmelo Anthony had 30 points and 10 rebounds, and the Knicks gave suffering New Yorkers something to cheer with a 104-84 victory over the Miami Heat in their storm-delayed season opener Friday night.
In the first sporting event in New York since Superstorm Sandy, the Knicks dominated a game the Heat players weren’t sure should even be played with the city still so devastated. But the Knicks hoped they could provide a distraction for a few hours, and fans who were able to watch surely loved what they saw from a team that could barely compete with Miami last season.
Steve Novak, a non-factor against the Heat in last season’s playoffs, added 17 points off the bench and Raymond Felton had 14 points and nine assists to begin his second stint with the Knicks.
LeBron James scored 23 points for the Heat.
CLIPPERS 105, LAKERS 95
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Paul had 18 points and 15 assists, Jamal Crawford scored 21 points and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Lakers to send their Staples Center co-tenants to an 0-3 start.
Kobe Bryant scored 40 points for the Lakers.
BOBCATS 90, PACERS 89
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kemba Walker scored a career-high 30 points in Mike Dunlap’s coaching debut and Charlotte snapped a 23-game losing streak with a victory over Indiana.
ROCKETS 109, HAWKS 102
ATLANTA (AP) — James Harden continued to shine at the start of his Houston career, scoring a career-high 45 points to lift the Rockets.
THUNDER 106, BLAZERS 92
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook scored 32 points, Kevin Durant had 23 points and 17 rebounds, and Oklahoma City beat Portland to win its fourth straight home opener.
BULLS 115, CAVALIERS 86
CLEVELAND (AP) — Richard Hamilton and Carlos Boozer each scored 19 points in Chicago’s rout of Cleveland.
BUCKS 99, CELTICS 88
BOSTON (AP) — Brandon Jennings had 21 points, 13 assists and six steals, and Milwaukee beat Boston to win its opening game for the first time in six years.
HORNETS 88, JAZZ 86
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Greivis Vasquez hit a driving layup with 1.3 seconds left, leading New Orleans over Utah even though the Hornets played without rookie center Anthony Davis (mild concussion) in the second half.
MAGIC 102, NUGGETS 89
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Glen Davis scored 29 points, J.J. Redick added 21 and Orlando sprinted out to an early lead before holding off Denver.
TIMBERWOLVES 92, KINGS 80
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — J.J. Barea had 21 points and five assists in 28 minutes to help Minnesota overcome a weak shooting performance in a season-opening victory over Sacramento.
GRIZZLIES 104, WARRIORS 94
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Marc Gasol and Mike Conley both scored 21 points, and Memphis spoiled Golden State’s home opener after Warriors forward Brandon Rush injured his left knee in a scary fall.
SUNS 92, PISTONS 89
PHOENIX (AP) — Marcin Gortat had 16 points, 16 rebounds and three blocked shots, and Phoenix held off a late Detroit rally for its first victory of the season.