Spurs 99, Hornets 95
Tim Duncan scored 24 points, Tony Parker hit a huge 3-pointer, and San Antonio opened the season with a victory over New Orleans in the debut for top draft pick Anthony Davis on Wednesday night.
Davis scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds, a promising start for the player who spent only one year at Kentucky, leading the Wildcats to the national title.
But the wily Spurs showed the rebuilding Hornets a thing or two.
After Davis made two free throws with 1:08 remaining to give New Orleans its final lead, 95-94, the Spurs closed strong. Parker connected from beyond the arc with 49.6 seconds left, finishing with 23 points. After Greivis Vasquez missed an open 3, Duncan padded the lead with two fouls shots.
76ers 84, Nuggets 75
Spencer Hawes had 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead Philadelphia over Denver.
Hawes had a crowd of nearly 20,000 fans chanting "Spen-cer Hawes!" in the fourth quarter after he turned back the Nuggets with a string of big baskets and blocked shots. Coming off the bench, Hawes had five blocked shots. Jrue Holiday had 14 and 11 assists, and Dorell Wright scored 14 points.
Rockets 105, Pistons 96
James Harden had 37 points and 12 assists in a stirring debut for Houston, and Carlos Delfino made four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to lift the Rockets to victory.
Detroit led 83-72 early in the fourth, but Harden and Delfino brought the Rockets back. Houston acquired Harden on Saturday night in a trade with Oklahoma City and agreed Wednesday on a five-year, $80 million contract extension with him.
Brandon Knight led Detroit with 15 points.
Bulls 93, Kings 87
Joakim Noah scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Chicago got off to a good start without Derrick Rose, beating Sacramento.
Richard Hamilton added 19 points, while Carlos Boozer chipped in with 18 points and eight rebounds.
Pacers 90, Raptors 88
George Hill scored the go-ahead basket with two seconds left, completing Indiana's rally over Toronto Raptors.
David West scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, and Paul George had 14 points and 15 rebounds for the Pacers, who trailed 84-74 with just under six minutes left. Roy Hibbert added 14 points for Indiana.
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