Allen Iverson scored 39 points from every angle on the court, including a driving, fallaway runner from 10 feet with 2.2 seconds left to give the Philadelphia 76ers a 105-103 victory over the Magic last night in Orlando, Fla.
"I wanted to get in a little closer than I did, but I just took what the defense gave me and fortunately it went in," Iverson said.
Magic guard Keyon Dooling was all over Iverson on the play.
"That wasn't the first time he threw one in like that," Dooling said. "He was definitely on tonight."
The Magic had a chance to tie the score, but Grant Hill's 12-footer at the buzzer was short.
Hill, who led the Magic with 25 points, had hit a similar shot to tie the score at 103 with 12 seconds left, but Iverson answered that with the winner.
Iverson finished 15 of 25, including three 3-pointers, but he was hardly alone in scoring from the perimeter. Reserve Kyle Korver had 28 points on 10-of-13 shooting.
Cavaliers 88, Spurs 81 -- LeBron James scored 35 points and visiting Cleveland withstood a late surge by Tim Duncan.
Duncan scored 14 points in a five-minute span in the fourth quarter as the Spurs steadily shaved a 13-point deficit to pull to 4. But missed free throws -- Duncan was 9 of 19 for the game -- doomed the rally and the Spurs, one of the NBA's dominant home-court teams the past four seasons, lost their home opener.
Lakers 118, SuperSonics 112 -- Kobe Bryant made his season debut with 23 points, Lamar Odom scored 28, and host Los Angeles moved to 3-0. Bryant, coming back from offseason knee surgery, played 40 minutes and went 8 of 15 from the field. He had six assists and four rebounds.
Heat 91, Nets 85 -- Shaquille O'Neal had 21 points and nine rebounds, Dwyane Wade added 17 points, and host Miami shook off the effects of a humbling Opening Night rout to defeat New Jersey.
The Heat -- who lost to Chicago by 42 points Tuesday -- avoided becoming the sixth defending NBA champion to start a season 0-2.
Kings 89, Bulls 88 -- Kevin Martin scored 30 points, including the go-ahead jumper with 6.4 seconds left, and Ron Artest added 22 points and 13 rebounds to lead visiting Sacramento. Chicago's Chris Duhon threw away an inbounds pass with 13 seconds left, then dribbled the ball off his foot on the Bulls' final possession.
Timberwolves 112, Nuggets 109 -- Kevin Garnett scored 27 points and visiting Minnesota overcame a 5-point deficit in the final five minutes. Denver's Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points just 24 hours after he was ejected in a loss to the Clippers when he was caught up in the league's crackdown on bickering at officials. He stuck around for every second of this game, but missed four shots in the final 14 seconds.
Warriors 102, Trail Blazers 89 -- In Oakland, Calif., Baron Davis had 17 points, 9 assists, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals to help Don Nelson earn the first win of his second tenure as Golden State's coach.
Jazz 108, Suns 104 -- Carlos Boozer (21 points, 12 rebounds) dunked with 31 seconds left for the go-ahead score that capped a 13-3 run and lifted visiting Utah.
Grizzlies 96, Bobcats 83 -- Mike Miller scored 27 points, including 21 in the fourth quarter, to lead host Memphis.
Hornets 100, Pacers 91 -- David West had 20 points and Rasual Butler scored all 11 of his points in the fourth quarter as visiting New Orleans beat Indiana. Peja Stojakovic, who played for the Pacers for the second half of last season before signing with the Hornets in July, was booed during introductions and several more times throughout the game. He finished with 8 points on 3-for-10 shooting and had five turnovers.
Raptors 109, Bucks 92 -- Chris Bosh, who played poorly in a season-opening loss to New Jersey, had 26 points and 15 rebounds to lead host Toronto.
Hawks 102, Knicks 92 -- Joe Johnson enjoyed another big scoring night at New York's expense, finishing with 30 points to spark host Atlanta. Johnson averaged 28.8 points against the Knicks last season.