Shane Battier went 4-for-4 from 3-point range, including a critical one from the right corner with 1:33 remaining, and Miami wasted most a 25-point lead before holding off Derrick Rose and Chicago 107-95 on Tuesday night in the season-opener for both teams.
LeBron James scored 17 points for Miami, which got its 2013 NBA championship rings in a pregame ceremony. The Heat trailed 9-2 early, then outscored Chicago 52-24 over the remainder of the first half.
Rose finished with 12 points on 4 of 15 shooting in 34 minutes in his first game since a serious knee injury in April 2012.
PACERS 97, MAGIC 87: Paul George scored 24 points, and Roy Hibbert added 16 rebounds and seven blocks to lead Indiana.
George’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter gave Indiana a 69-64 lead and sparked the decisive 17-4 run to open the fourth.
Hibbert had eight points but left the game in the fourth quarter. Team officials said it was not serious and he could have returned.
LAKERS 116, CLIPPERS 103: Xavier Henry scored a career-high 22 points, Jordan Farmar added 16, and five Lakers reserves surged past the Clippers in the fourth quarter.
With Kobe Bryant watching in street clothes on the Lakers’ bench, Jodie Meeks scored nine of his 13 points in the fourth quarter as the Lakers stunned their Staples Center rivals in Clippers coach Doc Rivers’ debut.
Blake Griffin scored 19 points and Chris Paul had 15 points and 11 assists for the Clippers.