Knicks whip Heat...Bobcats finally get a win...Harden erupts again
Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 30 points on 10-of-28 shooting as the Knicks won their season opener. The Knicks were supposed to open in Brooklyn on Thursday, but the game was postponed to Nov. 26 due to the storm.
Steve Novak was among six Knicks to score in double figures, finishing with 17 on 6-of-10 shooting off the bench.
The Charlotte Bobcats have ended a 23-game losing streak by winning their season opener. Kemba Walker scored a career-high 30 points to lead the Bobcats to a 90-89 win over Indiana. Walker hit nine of his first 13 shots and finished 9-for-10 from the line. Gerald Henderson added 18 points for Charlotte, which trailed by four before outscoring the Pacers 35-27 in the third quarter.
The Pacers had numerous chances to win the game, including D.J. Augustin's jumper at the buzzer that fell just short.
Kobe Bryant's 40 points weren't enough for the Los Angeles Lakers in a 105-95 loss to the Clippers. Chris Paul had 18 points, 15 assists and six rebounds as the Clippers beat the Lakers for the first time in 10 tries as the road team at Staples Center.
The Lakers are 0-3 for the first time in 34 years.
James Harden had another outstanding game for Houston. He followed his 37-point, 12-assist performance in the season-opener at Detroit by pouring in a career-high 45 points to lead the Rockets to a 109-102 triumph in Atlanta. The game was tied at 92 until Harden hit consecutive baskets, including a three-point play that put Houston ahead to stay.
Jeremy Lin added 21 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for the 2-0 Rockets.
The NBA schedule includes Oklahoma City's 106-92 win over Portland. Russell Westbrook paced the Thunder with 32 points and Kevin Durant chipped in 23 points and 17 rebounds.
Glen Davis dropped in 29 points and J.J. Redick added 21 in Orlando's 102-89 win over Denver. The Magic lost forward Hedo Turkoglu to a broken left hand in the third quarter.
Like the Nuggets, the Celtics are 0-2 after Brandon Jennings had 21 points, 13 assists and six steals in Milwaukee's 99-88 win at Boston. The Bucks led by at least 11 points the entire second half as the Celtics struggled defensively for the second consecutive game.
Carlos Boozer and Richard Hamilton each scored a team-high 19 points and Chicago shot 64 percent in a 115-86 rout at Cleveland. Nate Robinson added 16 points and 12 assists for the Bulls, who led the entire game after Boozer hit a jumper 23 seconds in.
Mike Conley's 21 points and seven assists helped Memphis knock off Golden State 104-94. Marc Gasol also had 21 points and Zach Randolph contributed 15 and 14 rebounds.
New Orleans beat Utah 88-86 on a driving layup by Greivis Vasquez with 1.3 seconds remaining. The Hornets played the second half without first-overall draft pick Anthony Davis, who was examined for a concussion after taking an elbow to the temple. Davis had eight points, six rebounds and two blocks before leaving.
Minnesota's J.J. Barea came off the bench and had 21 points and five assists in 28 minutes to lead a 92-80 win against Sacramento. Brandon Roy and Andrei Kirilenko each had 10 points as both players returned to NBA action for the first time since the end of the 2010-11 season.
Marcin Gortat had 16 points and 16 rebounds as Phoenix downed Detroit 92-89. Michael Beasley also had 16 points for the Suns.
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