Carmelo Anthony had 30 points and 10 rebounds, and the Knicks gave suffering New Yorkers something to cheer with a 104-84 victory over the Miami Heat in their storm-delayed season opener Friday night at Madison Square Garden.
In the first sporting event in New York since Hurricane Sandy, the Knicks dominated a game the Heat players weren’t sure should even be played with the city still so devastated. But the Knicks hoped they could provide a distraction for a few hours, and fans who were able to watch surely loved what they saw from a team that could barely compete with Miami last season.
Steve Novak added 17 points off the bench and Raymond Felton had 14 points and nine assists to begin his second stint with the Knicks.
LeBron James scored 23 points for the Heat, so impressive in a season-opening victory over Boston on Tuesday but never really in this one. Dwyane Wade, who thought the game should be postponed, finished with 15 points and Chris Bosh had 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Clippers 105, Lakers 95 — Chris Paul had 18 points and 15 assists, Jamal Crawford scored 21 points, and the Clippers sent the host Lakers to their first 0-3 start since 1978.
Kobe Bryant scored 40 points and Dwight Howard had 13 points and eight rebounds while battling constant foul trouble. The Lakers are 0-3 for just the fourth time in franchise history.
Steve Nash sat out with a bruised left leg for the Lakers, who have followed up their 0-8 preseason with three losses in four days.
Blake Griffin scored 15 points before fouling out and Caron Butler had 14 for the Clippers, who pulled away steadily in the second half.
The Clippers snapped a nine-game ‘‘road’’ losing streak against the Lakers dating to April 12, 2007. Both teams play at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Rockets 109, Hawks 102 — James Harden continued to shine at the start of his Houston career, scoring a career-high 45 points in a victory in Atlanta.
Harden, traded to the Rockets from Oklahoma City Saturday, topped 30 points for the second time in his first week with his new team.
Jeremy Lin had 21 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists and Marcus Morris had 17 points for Houston. Lou Williams led the Hawks with 22 points in his Atlanta debut. Josh Smith had 18 points and 10 rebounds.
With the game tied at 92, Harden had consecutive baskets, including a 3-point play, to give Houston the lead for good. Chandler Parsons’s 3-pointer with 1:55 remaining pushed the lead to 100-94.
Thunder 106, Trail Blazers 92 — Russell Westbrook scored 32 points, Kevin Durant had 23 points and 17 rebounds, and Oklahoma City beat Portland to win its fourth straight home opener.
Kevin Martin, taking over Harden’s role as the top-scoring bench player, added 19 points as the Thunder pulled away in the fourth quarter. Martin hit a 3-pointer and a runner during an 11-2 spurt that extended Oklahoma City’s lead to 95-81 with 4:05 remaining.
Bobcats 90, Pacers 89 — Kemba Walker scored a career-high 30 points in Mike Dunlap’s coaching debut and host Charlotte snapped a 23-game losing streak.
The Bobcats lost their final 23 games last season to finish 7-59, the worst winning percentage (.106) in NBA history.
Walker was the catalyst all game, hitting 9 of his first 13 shots — most of those coming on drives to the lane where the 6-foot-1-inch point guard somehow managed to get his shots above much taller defenders.
Grizzlies 104, Warriors 94 — Marc Gasol and Mike Conley both scored 21 points, and Memphis spoiled Golden State’s home opener.
Rudy Gay added 18 points and eight rebounds and Zach Randolph had 15 points and 14 rebounds to help Memphis rebound from a loss at the Los Angeles Clippers two nights earlier.
Timberwolves 92, Kings 80 — J.J. Barea had 21 points and five assists in 28 minutes for Minnesota, helping the Timberwolves overcome a weak shooting performance in their season opener in Minneapolis.
Brandon Roy pitched in 10 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds and Andrei Kirilenko added 10 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists as both players returned to NBA action for the first time since the end of the 2010-11 season.
Hornets 88, Jazz 86 — Greivis Vasquez hit a driving layup with 1.3 seconds left, leading host New Orleans over Utah.
Vasquez, who had 13 points and 10 assists, drove past Gordon Hayward, who fell to the floor, and banked in a short shot over Al Jefferson.
Bulls 115, Cavaliers 86— Richard Hamilton and Carlos Boozer each scored 19 points and visiting Chicago routed 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. Continued...