Blazers pull away from Clippers

LOS ANGELES — Brandon Roy scored 22 points and the Trail Blazers spoiled the NBA debut of Blake Griffin with a 98-88 victory over the Clippers on Wednesday.

Griffin had 20 points and 14 rebounds, a year after his rookie season was supposed to begin. The No. 1 pick in the 2009 draft broke his left kneecap in the Clippers' final preseason game and missed all of last season.

Eric Gordon led Los Angeles with 22 points and Rasual Butler scored 16.

Roy added 10 rebounds. He went 0 for 8 from the floor in the second half.

LaMarcus Aldridge added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Blazers, who gave Nate McMillan his 200th victory as coach.

Heat 97, 76ers 87

At Philadelphia, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh have their first win with Miami, and the Big Three got help from some big 3s in the Heat's victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.

Playing with purpose a night after an 88-80 loss in a hyped showdown with Boston, the three looked as if they still need some games to get used to playing with each other. Only Wade, with 30 points, looked particularly sharp against the Sixers. The Heat hit three straight 3-pointers in the third quarter to bust open an eight-point halftime lead.

Cavaliers 95, Celtics 87

At Cleveland, playing its first game in seven years without LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers stunned the Celtics in their season opener, a win that at least for one night gave local fans reason to believe that life will be OK minus the two-time MVP.

J.J. Hickson scored 21 points, Daniel Gibson added 16 — all in the second half — and the Cavaliers made several big, clutch plays to hold off the Celtics, who defeated James and the Miami Heat on Tuesday night.

Nets 101, Pistons 98

At Newark, N.J., Anthony Morrow hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 26 seconds to play and New Jersey gave Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov a win in his first game as their owner with a victory over Detroit.

Knicks 98, Raptors 93

At Toronto, Wilson Chandler scored 22 points, Amare Stoudemire had 19 points and 10 rebounds and the Knicks beat the Raptors.

Chandler scored eight points in the final quarter and Stoudemire added seven for New York, which led 74-72 through three.

Mavericks 101, Bobcats 86

At Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki had 28 points and 13 rebounds, Jason Kidd added 12 points and 18 assists, and the Mavericks beat the Bobcats.

Jason Terry added 22 points and Caron Butler scored 13 for Dallas.

Tyrus Thomas' 22 points and Gerald Wallace's 16 paced the Bobcats, who've never beaten the Mavericks in 13 meetings.

Thunder 106, Bulls 95

At Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored 30 points, Russell Westbrook added 28 points and 10 rebounds and the Thunder beat the new-look Bulls.

Durant and Westbrook each powered down two-handed dunks during a late 11-0 surge that put the game away. Neither team had led by more than eight before Oklahoma City started pulling away in the final 3 minutes.

Hornets 95, Bucks 91

At New Orleans, Chris Paul had 17 points and 16 assists, and the New Orleans Hornets gave Monty Williams a victory in his NBA head coaching debut.

Hawks 119, Grizzlies 104

At Memphis, Tenn., Joe Johnson scored 22 points and Zaza Pachulia provided a spark off the bench with 17 points and 11 rebounds, leading the Hawks to a victory over the Grizzlies.

Spurs 122, Pacers 109

At San Antonio, Tim Duncan had 23 points and 12 rebounds, and the Spurs beat the Pacers.

Manu Ginobili scored 22 points for the Spurs, who blew an early double-digit lead and nearly their goal of starting strong in what could be the last season for their Big Three.

Kings 117, Timberwolves 116

At Minneapolis, Carl Landry had 22 points and 11 rebounds and the Kings held off the Timberwolves.

Francisco Garcia scored 22 points and rookie DeMarcus Cousins had 14 points, eight rebounds and five assists for the Kings.

Nuggets 110, Jazz 88

At Denver, Carmelo Anthony scored 23 points, Arron Afflalo added 22 and the Nuggets opened the season with a win over the Jazz in coach George Karl's return to the bench.

Chauncey Billups chipped in 14 points and eight assists, while newcomer Shelden Williams grabbed 16 rebounds.

Warriors 131, Rockets 128

At Oakland, Calif., Monta Ellis matched his career high with 46 points, Stephen Curry added 25 points and 11 assists, and the Warriors won Keith Smart's coaching debut by beating the Rockets.

David Lee had 17 points and 15 rebounds, and Dorell Wright scored 15 points to help the Warriors to their first season-opening win since 2005. They also snapped a nine-game losing streak to the Rockets dating to 2007.

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