Shaquille O'Neal made sure the arena was filled. Dwyane Wade took care of sending the record crowd home happy.
Wade scored 28 points and O'Neal added 17 points and nine rebounds in his home debut for his new team as Miami beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 92-86, last night before 20,235 Shaq-crazed fans -- the largest crowd to see a Heat home game.
O'Neal scored the game's first points on Miami's opening possession and the Heat never trailed, just as they didn't at any time in Wednesday's 23-point win at New Jersey. Udonis Haslem had 15 points and Rasual Butler added 11 for Miami.
Drew Gooden had 24 points and LeBron James had 21 points and eight rebounds for Cleveland (0-2).
Wizards 103, Bobcats 96 -- Primoz Brezec fought through a double team, spun to his left, and sank a layup for a 2-0 lead. With that, the NBA was back in Charlotte after a two-year absence.
The Bobcats opened their first season with a loss to Washington, failing to become the third consecutive expansion team to win its NBA debut.
Antawn Jamison, a Charlotte native, led Washington with 24 points. Gilbert Arenas added 19, Jarvis Hayes had 17, Juan Dixon 15, and Larry Hughes scored 14.
Nuggets 94, Timberwolves 92 -- Earl Boykins hit a jumper with 6.8 seconds left in overtime and Carmelo Anthony had 19 points and 14 rebounds to help Denver win its home opener against Minnesota.
Kevin Garnett had 25 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists, and 5 blocked shots, but he couldn't come through on Minnesota's final shot.
Last year's NBA MVP was short on a turnaround jumper after tying the game at 88 on a jump hook with 10.5 seconds left in regulation.