SAN ANTONIO (AP) -Tim Duncan had 24 points and 13 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs got their title defense off to a successful start with a 106-97 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night.
Tony Parker added 19 points for the Spurs and Manu Ginobili had 16 points and eight assists.
LaMarcus Aldridge led the Trail Blazers with 27 points. Martell Webster added 21 and Joel Przybilla contributed 13 points and 10 rebounds for Portland.
The game didn't have quite the excitement that was anticipated when it was announced the Spurs would open against the Trail Blazers, who drafted Greg Oden with the No. 1 overall pick. Oden had microfracture knee surgery this summer, ending his first season before practice even began.
Brent Barry had 12 points for San Antonio. Travis Outlaw scored 11 for Portland.
Rockets 95, Lakers 93
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Shane Battier made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds left, and Houston withstood a furious rally from Kobe Bryant and the Lakers.
Bryant scored 45 points, 18 in the fourth quarter, in a rally that came up just short.
Tracy McGrady scored 30 points, Yao Ming had 25 points and 12 rebounds, and the Rockets made Rick Adelman's debut as their coach a success.
Derek Fisher, who rejoined the Lakers this summer, scored 17 points. His 3-pointer with 14 seconds left tied it at 92 after the Lakers trailed 77-63 with 7:58 left to play.
Jazz 117, Warriors 96
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Carlos Boozer had 32 points and 15 rebounds, Deron Williams added 24 points and Utah jumped right back into last season's playoff form while beating Golden State.
Ronnie Brewer scored 18 points and Paul Millsap added 16 for the Jazz, who reached the Western Conference finals last spring with a five-game victory over Golden State in the second round, ending the eighth-seeded Warriors' unlikely playoff run.
Five months later in both clubs' season opener, the Jazz still had too many of the qualities lacked by the flashy Warriors, whose raucous sellout crowd was quieted well before the final buzzer.
Utah outrebounded the Warriors 56-37 and constantly capitalized on Golden State's mistakes. The Jazz led through most of the final three quarters, then coolly turned back Baron Davis' attempts to start a fourth-quarter rally.
Davis had 25 points and 10 assists for the Warriors, who ended a 13-year playoff drought and upset the top-seeded Dallas Mavericks last season before bowing out to the Jazz. Mickael Pietrus and Monta Ellis scored 17 points apiece.

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