Spencer Hawes scored 24 points and hit the winning basket late in the fourth quarter to lead the Philadelphia 76ers past the Miami Heat 114-110 Wednesday night.
The Sixers were strong from the opening tip, they made their first 11 shots and raced to a stunning 26-4 lead. Hawes hit a 3-pointer, then a driving layup for a 109-108 lead.
LeBron James blew two straight chances to put Miami up, losing the ball on a drive down the middle, then missing a 6-footer on the next possession. James had 25 points and 13 assists and Chris Bosh scored 22 for Miami.
ROCKETS 96, BOBCATS 83: Dwight Howard had 17 points and a career-high tying 26 rebounds in his Houston debut, James Harden added 21 points and the Rockets cruised past Charlotte.
SPURS 101, GRIZZLIES 104: Kawhi Leonard had 14 points, Tony Parker added 13 points and nine assists, and San Antonio got off to a strong start after last season’s disappointing loss in the NBA Finals.
TIMBERWOLVES 120, MAGIC 115, OT: Kevin Love had 31 points and 17 rebounds and hit the game-tying 3-pointer with 10.2 seconds left to force overtime in Minnesota’s victory over Orlando.
WARRIORS 125, LAKERS 94: Klay Thompson scored a career-high 38 points and Golden State whipped Los Angeles in the Warriors’ season opener.
CAVALIERS 98, NETS 94: Anderson Varejao scored with 28 seconds left to send Cleveland over remodeled Brooklyn in coach Mike Brown’s first game back with the Cavaliers.
THUNDER 101, JAZZ 98: Kevin Durant scored 22 of his 42 points from the free throw line, including a pair with 6.4 seconds remaining, to lift Oklahoma City over Utah.
RAPTORS 93, CELTICS 87: Rudy Gay had 19 points and eight rebounds, Amir Johnson and DeMar DeRozan each scored 13 and Toronto beat Boston to snap a three-game losing streak in home openers.
KINGS 90, NUGGETS 88: DeMarcus Cousins had 30 points and 14 rebounds to give Sacramento fans plenty more to cheer about in a season-opening victory over Denver.
KNICKS 90, BUCKS 83: Carmelo Anthony had 19 points and 10 rebounds, making a pair of baskets in a finishing run after the Knicks had blown a 25-point lead, and New York beat Milwaukee in both teams’ season opener.
PISTONS 113, WIZARDS 102: Greg Monroe had 24 points and 16 rebounds, and Detroit won its season opener in convincing fashion over Washington.
SUNS 104, TRAIL BLAZERS 91: Goran Dragic scored 26 points and Eric Bledsoe added 22, leading Phoenix over Portland to give Jeff Hornacek a win in his coaching debut.
PACERS 95, PELICANS 90: Paul George scored 32 points, George Hill capped a 19-point performance with pivotal 3-pointer in the final minute, and Indiana erased a 16-point deficit in its victory over New Orleans.
MAVERICKS 118, HAWKS 109: Monta Ellis started his Dallas career with 32 points, Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 and the Mavericks spoiled Mike Budenholzer’s coaching debut.