Wade, James turn Heat on Magic
Dwyane Wade scored 26 points in Miami's home opener, LeBron James had 15 points and seven assists, and the Heat scored the first 14 points of the second half to turn a close game into a surprisingly one-sided 96-70 victory over the Magic on Friday night.
The Heat earned their sixth win over the Magic in their last 21 meetings. Of course, all the previous ones were before Wade, James and Chris Bosh teamed up in Miami.
And if this game was the measuring stick to see how the Heat are coming together, the result had to be an enjoyable one for Miami's Big Three. The Heat held Orlando to their lowest point total since December 2, 2005.
When the Heat acquired James this summer, Magic president of basketball operations Otis Smith uttered a now-infamous-in-Miami line: "I was surprised that he went. I thought he was, I guess, more of a competitor."
- Lakers 114 Suns 106
Lamar Odom had 18 points and 17 rebounds and Los Angeles beat Phoenix in the Suns' home opener and a rematch of last season's Western Conference finalists.
Kobe Bryant scored 25 points and Pau Gasol had 21 in the Lakers' eighth victory over Phoenix in their last 10 meetings.
Grant Hill scored 21 points, Robin Lopez had 18 points and 14 rebounds and Jason Richardson added 17 points for the Suns, playing on consecutive nights after beating the Jazz in Utah on Thursday.
Goran Dragic added 15 for Phoenix. Ron Artest scored 14 points for the Lakers, while Derek Fisher and Matt Barnes added 11 apiece.
The last time the Lakers played in Phoenix, on May 29, they finished off the Suns in Game six of the Western Conference finals en route to the NBA title.
- Hornets 101 Nuggets 95
Chris Paul scored 18 points and New Orleans kept rookie coach Monty Williams unbeaten.
David West scored 17 points and Emeka Okafor, who did not attempt a shot in the Hornets' opener on Wednesday, added 13 points in the club's second game.
Carmelo Anthony had 24 points and 10 rebounds for Denver, which led 79-74 early in the fourth quarter before Paul returned from a rest to score 10 of his points inside the final nine minutes.
Chauncey Billups had 20 points for Denver and J.R. Smith added 12.
Both teams shot better than 48 per cent, but the Hornets' defence stepped up late with blocks on Billups and Anthony.
- Other results:
Nets 106 Kings 100; Hawks 104 76ers 101; Pacers 104 Bobcats 101;
Raptors 101 Cavaliers 81; Thunder 105 Pistons 104; Grizzlies 91 Mavericks 90;
Warriors 109 Clippers 91; Timberwolves 96 Bucks 85; Celtics 105 Knicks 101.