Andrea Bargnani scored 28 points, Chris Bosh had 21 points and 16 rebounds, and the Raptors overcame LeBron James’s 25th career triple-double to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 101-91, last night in Toronto.
James had 23 points, 12 assists, and 11 rebounds, but Cleveland opened its season with consecutive losses for the first time since an 0-3 start in 2004-05. James scored 38 points in Tuesday’s 95-89 home loss to the Celtics.
“Early in my career, I’d get very upset when you lose two or three games, you’d just feel like you can’t turn it around,’’ James said. “But I’m at a point in my career now where I know that you can lose two but, at the same time, you don’t look too far into it. You learn from the mistakes and you just try to get better.’’
Mo Williams scored 16 points and Shaquille O’Neal had 12 for Cleveland, which had won five straight over Toronto and nine of 10.
Hedo Turkoglu scored 12 points in his Raptors debut and Marco Belinelli had 10.
Trailing, 78-71, to start the fourth, Cleveland coach Mike Brown left James on the bench and Toronto took advantage, outscoring the Cavaliers, 9-3, and building an 87-74 lead by the time James returned with 8:40 remaining.
Even with James back, Cleveland struggled to cut into the lead. A pair of free throws by Williams and a 3-pointer by Gibson cut it to 93-83 with 4:06 left, but Antoine Wright answered with a 3-pointer for Toronto.
James wasn’t done, making one free throw, then following up a miss from the line with a 3-pointer from the top to cut it to 96-90 with 1:37 left.
Toronto guard Jarrett Jack stopped the run with a free throw and, after James made one more from the line, Turkoglu made a free throw and Calderon converted a 3-point play.
Magic 120, 76ers 106 - Dwight Howard had 21 points and 15 rebounds, Vince Carter scored 15 points, and new-look Orlando rolled over visiting Philadelphia in the season opener for both teams.
Ryan Anderson added 16 points, and Jason Williams had 15 points to highlight a deep Magic bench. Orlando went ahead by 23 points at the half, scored 100 through three quarters, and showed no signs of a Finals hangover after losing to the Los Angeles Lakers on the same floor in June.
Spurs 113, Hornets 96 - Tony Parker scored 17 points before leaving the game after a hard fall and Manu Ginobili scored 16 points as host San Antonio beat New Orleans.
Parker landed with a thud on his right side after slicing between fellow All-Star Chris Paul and Hilton Armstrong for a layup late in the third quarter. He lay scrunched up and wincing for more than a minute before walking back to the bench.
Hawks 120, Pacers 109 - Joe Johnson scored 25 points, Al Horford had 24, and host Atlanta pulled away in the fourth quarter for a season-opening victory over Indiana.
The Pacers shot 53 percent from the field but only 5 of 15 in the final period, including an uncontested layup at the end. They also turned it over six times to finish with a staggering 25 giveaways, leading to 32 points for the Hawks.
Heat 115, Knicks 93 - Dwyane Wade began defense of his NBA scoring title with 26 points, Jermaine O’Neal finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds, and host Miami routed New York.
New starting power forward Michael Beasley scored 21 for Miami, which shot 9 of 25 in the first quarter - then a staggering 26 of their next 31 over the next 20 minutes, on the way to building an 85-59 lead.
Timberwolves 95, Nets 93 - Jonny Flynn scored 13 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter to help host Minnesota erase a 19-point deficit and Damien Wilkins’s putback at the buzzer lifted the Timberwolves over New Jersey.
Minnesota trailed by 16 points with less than 7 minutes to play. But the rookie Flynn scored 11 points the rest of the way and the Timberwolves closed the game on a 24-6 run to steal the victory.
Thunder 102, Kings 89 - Kevin Durant had 25 points and 11 rebounds, Jeff Green added 24 points, and host Oklahoma City led from start to finish.
The Thunder hit 10 of their first 13 shots and built a double-digit lead in the first 6 minutes of the game, then never let Sacramento mount a serious comeback in Paul Westphal’s debut as coach.
Pistons 96, Grizzlies 74 - Richard Hamilton scored 25 points and Ben Gordon added 22 as the guards were a combined 17 of 31 from the floor in Detroit’s victory in Memphis.
Rockets 108, Warriors 107 - Luis Scola scored 15 of his 21 points in the third quarter and grabbed 11 rebounds, Aaron Brooks had 18 points and 12 assists, and Houston held off host Golden State.
Nuggets 114, Jazz 105 - Carmelo Anthony had 30 points and rookie Ty Lawson scored 7 of his 17 points in a pivotal fourth-quarter run, lifting Denver to a season-opening win over visiting Utah.
Suns 109, Clippers 107 - Steve Nash scored 15 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, and Grant Hill had 19 points and 13 rebounds as visiting Phoenix to beat Los Angeles.