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Wednesday, 29 October 2008 19:23
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 NEW YORK (AP) -Jamal Crawford scored 29 points, Zach Randolph added 20, and the Knicks beat the Miami Heat 120-115 on Wednesday night to win their first game under Mike D'Antoni.
Wilson Chandler had 17 points and nine rebounds, and David Lee and Quentin Richardson each scored 16 points for New York. Relying just as much on solid defense as D'Antoni's uptempo offense, the Knicks seized control late in the second quarter, opened a 23-point lead in the third, then held on after the Heat got within three points in the final minute.
Dwyane Wade had 26 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in his return to regular-season action for the Heat and rookie Michael Beasley, the No. 2 pick in the draft, had only nine points on 4-of-14 shooting for the Heat.
Mario Chalmers also started for the Heat, giving them two rookies in the opening night lineup for the first time since Wade and Haslem started on Oct. 28, 2003, against Philadelphia.
Bucks 98, Thunder 87
illanueva each scored 20 points and the Milwaukee Bucks spoiled the Thunder's debut.
Playing their opener after moving from Seattle in the offseason, the Thunder made it interesting by cutting a 24-point deficit to 11 in the fourth quarter.
The late rally gave a sellout crowd of 19,136 something to cheer about after a miserable start by the Thunder.
Rookie of the Year Kevin Durant was held scoreless in the first half finished with 12 points on 5-for-14 shooting.
Nets 95, Wizards 85
WASHINGTON (AP) - Vince Carter scored 21 points to lead his rebuilding Nets to a season-opening victory over a Wizards team missing Gilbert Arenas.
Carter - whose teammates elected him the Nets' captain, coach Lawrence Frank announced before the game - made a 16-foot fadeaway jumper over Caron Butler to put the visitors ahead 90-82 with a minute left and effectively settle a back-and-forth game.
Carter had plenty of help, with 17 points from Yi Jianlian and 14 from former Wizards player Jarvis Hayes.
Six Wizards scored in double-figures, led by Jamison and DeShawn Stevenson with 14 apiece. All-Star forward Caron Butler shot 3-for-11 and finished with 13 points.
Hawks 99, Magic 85
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Joe Johnson scored 25 points, including nine in the fourth quarter, to help the Hawks hold off a late Magic rally.
who lost their home opener for only the second time in the last nine seasons. Mickael Pietrus added 20 points.
Josh Smith chipped in 17 for the Hawks, who held the Magic to 37 percent shooting.
Raptors 95, 76ers 84
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Chris Bosh had 27 points and 11 rebounds to help the Raptors beat the 76ers.
Jermaine O'Neal added 17 and Jason Kapono had 15 for the Raptors, who finished 41-41 last season.
Lou Williams scored 16 points, Andre Iguodala added 15, Elton Brand had 14 points and 13 rebounds in his Sixers debut and Samuel Dalembert pulled down 17 rebounds. Andre Miller had 13 points.
Timberwolves 98, Kings 96
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Rookie Kevin Love made an impressive debut with 12 points and nine rebounds and Al Jefferson had 21 points and 10 rebounds to help the Timberwolves to a victory over the rebuilding Kings.
John Salmons scored 21 of his 24 points in the second half and rookie Jason Thompson had 18 points and 10 boards for the Kings.
Spencer Hawes had 12 points and 14 rebounds and Martin added 17 points for the Kings.
Minnesota coach Randy Wittman showed a lot of faith in the fifth overall pick from UCLA. Though Love didn't get the start, he was inserted with the offense growing stagnant in the fourth quarter, and immediately made a difference.
n made a pretty little baby hook shot and converted the three-point play to give Minnesota a 90-84 lead with 6:17 to go.
Suns 103, Spurs 98
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Amare Stoudemire scored 22 points and four other Phoenix players scored in double figures to help the Suns beat the Spurs, giving Terry Porter a victory in his coaching debut.
Tim Duncan and Tony Parker each scored 32 points for the Spurs, who were playing without guard Manu Ginobili who is out until December after ankle surgery.
Nash added 13 points and 13 assists for the Suns. Leandro Barbosa had 18 points, Shaquille O'Neal 15, and Grant Hill 13.
Pistons 100, Pacers 94
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Tayshaun Prince scored 19 points as part of a balanced attack to give new Pistons coach Michael Curry a win over the Pacers.
Danny Granger led the new-look Pacers with 33 points and got some help from new teammates T.J. Ford, Jarrett Jack and Rasho Nesterovic.
Chauncey Billups had 13 points and seven assists, Richard Hamilton scored 15 and Rasheed Wallace added nine points and seven rebounds for the Pistons. Walter Hermann had 10 points, helping the Pistons' bench outscore Indiana's reserves 38-18.
Rockets 82, Grizzlies 71
HOUSTON (AP) - Yao Ming had 21 points and 10 rebounds, Ron Artest added 16 points in his debut and the Rockets overcame poor shooting to beat the Grizzlies.
ts and 13 rebounds for the Rockets, who were 28-for-76 (36.8 percent) from the field. They also went 5-for-16 from 3-point range and were outrebounded 49-44.
Rudy Gay scored 20 and Darrell Arthur had 11 points and 15 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who've lost all eight season openers since moving to Memphis in 2001.
Jazz 98, Nuggets 94
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Carlos Boozer had 25 points and 14 rebounds, Andrei Kirilenko added 16 points in his new reserve role and the Jazz opened the season with a win over the Nuggets.
Mehmet Okur had 13 points and 10 rebounds and Ronnie Price finished with five assists starting in place of Deron Williams, who is out with a sprained ankle.
Denver rallied from a 14-point deficit to tie it in the fourth quarter, but the Jazz went 13-for-16 from the foul line in the final period to hold on.
Allen Iverson had 18 points and eight assists to lead the Nuggets, who were missing star Carmelo Anthony while he served the first of a two-game suspension from a DUI arrest over the summer.
Lakers 117, Clippers 79
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kobe Bryant had 16 points and eight rebounds, Andrew Bynum added 12 points and nine rebounds, and the Lakers spoiled the Clippers season opener.
The Lakers began their season with a similar blowout a night earlier, breezing to a 96-76 win at home against Portland on Tuesday.
Lakers got deep and balanced scoring and played scrappy defense. They held the Clippers to 38 percent shooting while shooting 51 percent themselves.
Baron Davis had 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting in his Clippers' debut, with seven assists. Al Thornton scored 16, and Cuttino Mobley and Tim Thomas each had 11.
Hornets 108, Warriors 103
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Chris Paul drove for the go-ahead layup with 19.4 seconds left and finished with 21 points and 11 assists in the Hornets' perilous victory over the Warriors.
After going 7-0 in the NBA's first unbeaten preseason in six years, New Orleans stayed perfect despite falling apart down the stretch against Golden State. After Paul's jumper gave the Hornets a six-point lead with 5:47 left, they went nearly four minutes between points while the Warriors went ahead 101-100 on a jumper by Corey Maggette, who had 27 points in his Golden State debut.
Paul put the Hornets back ahead twice in the final 65 seconds, including his driving layup through the heart of Golden State's defense. David West led New Orleans with 24 points, while Peja Stojakovic added 16.
 

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