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 SCOREBOARD
Thursday, Oct. 30
Charlotte at Cleveland (7 p.m. EDT) LeBron James and the Cavaliers make their home debut against the Hornets.

STARS
Wednesday
- Chris Bosh, Raptors, had 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead Toronto to a 95-84 victory over Philadelphia.
- Carlos Boozer, Jazz, had 25 points and 14 rebounds in a 98-94 win over Denver.
- Joe Johnson, Hawks, scored 25 points, including nine in the fourth quarter, to help Atlanta hold off a late Orlando rally for a 99-85 win.
- Amare Stoudemire, Suns, scored 22 points to lead Phoenix to a 103-98 victory over San Antonio.
- Yao Ming, Rockets, had 21 points and 10 rebounds in an 82-71 win over Memphis.
- Jamal Crawford, Knicks, scored 29 points to help New York beat Miami 120-115 and make a winner of coach Mike D'Antoni in his debut.
- Chris Paul, Hornets, drove for the go-ahead layup with 19.4 seconds left and finished with 21 points and 11 assists in New Orleans' 108-103 victory over the Warriors.

NOT AGAIN
I exam and CT scan confirmed Oden has a mid-lateral foot sprain. Oden, who missed all of last season after knee surgery, injured his foot in the first quarter of Portland's 96-76 season-opening loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.

DONNIE BASKETBALL
The Warriors signed coach Don Nelson to a contract extension, hours before the veteran coach opened his 30th NBA season with a 108-103 loss to New Orleans. The 68-year-old coach is 1,280-955, trailing only Lenny Wilkens in career victories. After stints with Milwaukee, Golden State, New York and Dallas, Nelson rejoined the Warriors in 2006.

FAR-FROM-THUNDEROUS DEBUT
Michael Redd, Richard Jefferson and Charlie Villanueva each scored 20 points as Milwaukee spoiled the Oklahoma City Thunder's debut with a 98-87 win. 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.

NET WORTH
Vince Carter, whose Nets teammates elected him captain Wednesday, scored 21 points and made a 16-foot fadeaway jumper with a minute left to help lead New Jersey to a 95-85 victory over the Washington Wizards.

HOME COURT RARITY
Dwight Howard had 22 points and 15 rebounds, but the Magic dropped their home opener for only the second time in the last nine seasons with a 99-85 loss to Atlanta.

KIE
Rookie Kevin Love made an impressive debut for Minnesota with 12 points and nine rebounds in a 98-96 win over Sacramento. With the Wolves clinging to an 81-80 lead, Love threw down a dunk to get the crowd going, then made a baby hook shot and converted a three-point play to give Minnesota a 90-84 lead with 6:17 to go.

MOTOR CITY MICHAEL
Tayshaun Prince scored 19 points as part of a balanced attack that gave Michael Curry a win in his debut as Pistons coach, 100-94 over the Indiana Pacers.

FALLING STARS
Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni sat Stephon Marbury and Eddy Curry in New York's 120-115 win over Miami. D'Antoni kept both former starters on the bench, ignoring rather loud chants of ``We want Steph! We want Steph!'' late in the third quarter. Curry spent the final period in the training room icing a sore right knee.

SPEAKING
``The last good moment was when they introduced the guys from 20 years ago. And we played with probably the same energy those guys have.'' - Coach Stan Van Gundy after Orlando lost to Atlanta, 99-85, on a night when the Magic honored their inaugural 1989-90 team.
 

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