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Warriors 99, Bulls 91

Monta Ellis scored 26 points, David Lee tallied 22 points and Stephen Curry had 21 points, 10 assists and six steals and to lead the Golden State Warriors to an impressive 99-91 victory over the visiting Chicago Bulls on Monday.

Golden State (1-1) recorded 16 steals in giving Mark Jackson his first career coaching victory and improving to 9-2 in its last 11 home games against the Bulls.

Luol Deng had 22 points and 10 rebounds for Chicago (1-1), which defeated the Los Angeles Lakers on Christmas Day.

The Bulls committed 20 turnovers in a sloppy performance and reigning MVP Derrick Rose had just 13 points on 4-of-17 shooting.

Curry left the game with 5:52 remaining and didn’t return after reinjuring his right ankle.

Golden State led 84-65 after Lee’s hoop with 8:46 left before Chicago went on an 18-7 spurt to cut its deficit to eight points with 4:25 remaining. The Bulls were unable to get closer than six points down the stretch.

Ellis and Curry combined for just 19 points in Golden State’s season-opening loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday. The duo had 32 points in Monday’s first half – Ellis with 17, Curry with 15 – as the Warriors took a 57-41 lead.

Golden State had 11 first-half steals while forcing Chicago to commit 14 turnovers.

Trail Blazers 107, 76ers 103

LaMarcus Aldridge collected 25 points and seven rebounds and Gerald Wallace added 21 points and nine boards as the Portland Trail Blazers opened their season with a 107-103 victory over the visiting Philadelphia 76ers on Monday.

Wesley Matthews chipped in 16 points and Jamal Crawford scored 12 off the bench for the Blazers, who are adjusting to life following the retirement of former star Brandon Roy.

Aldridge, who stepped up in Roy’s absence last season, seems comfortable in the go-to role and carried Portland to a 48-44 halftime edge with 18 points before the break.

The 76ers stayed close in the third and pulled to within 77-74 when Thaddeus Young opened the fourth quarter with a jumper. The Blazers took off on a 15-3 run from that point, getting 3-pointers from Wallace, Matthews and Crawford during the spurt.

Philadelphia would recover with its own long-range barrage, cutting back to 105-103 on Louis Williams’ 3-pointer with 16 seconds left. But Raymond Felton split four free throws over the final 15.7 seconds to seal it for Portland.

Williams scored 25 points off the bench and Andre Iguodala collected 22 points and eight rebounds for the 76ers.

Kings 100, Lakers 91

Marcus Thornton scored 27 points and Tyreke Evans added 20 as Sacramento sent the visiting Los Angeles Lakers to a 100-91 loss in the Kings’ season opener Monday night.

Kobe Bryant had 29 points and six assists for the Lakers while Metta World Peace scored 19 and Pau Gasol had 15 points and nine rebounds. The Lakers went just 1 of 16 from 3-point range.

In his anticipated NBA debut, Kings rookie Jimmer Fredette had six points, making his first three shots before missing his final five. He also had three assists and three turnovers in 26 minutes.

Still reeling from a disheartening one-point loss on Christmas, the Lakers complete the third of three games in as many nights Tuesday against Utah.

Thornton gave the Kings an 85-70 lead with nine minutes remaining, but the Lakers battled back behind Gasol and Bryant.

Gasol brought the Lakers to 92-89 with a 16-footer at 3:48, but the Kings blocked two shots and forced misses. The Kings made just enough free throws in the final three minutes to hold off the Lakers.

Spurs 95, Grizzlies 82

Manu Ginobili led the way with 24 points and Tony Parker chipped in 15 and seven assists as the San Antonio Spurs got a small measure of revenge with a 95-82 win over the visiting Memphis Grizzlies on Monday.

Richard Jefferson added 14 points for the Spurs, who lost to the eighth-seeded Grizzlies in the first round of the playoffs after posting the best record in the Western Conference.

San Antonio made its run in the third quarter, beginning the frame with a 25-5 burst. Ginobili scored six points during the run and rookie Kawhi Leonard capped the spurt with a 3-pointer to put the Spurs in front, 68-49.

Memphis would draw back to within 77-70 when Rudy Gay knocked down a 3-pointer with 7:26 left in the game but Ginobili hit five straight free throws to kick off a 9-2 run and put San Antonio back in control.

Ginobili’s steal and transition dunk with 2:38 remaining put the game away.

Zach Randolph, who dominated the Spurs in that playoff series last spring, was held to 10 points on 3-of-8 shooting and six rebounds for the Grizzlies. Gay finished with 19 points and 10 boards to lead Memphis.

Nuggets 115, Mavericks 93

Ty Lawson scored 21 of his 27 points in the decisive first half as the visiting Denver Nuggets scored 20 straight points in the second quarter and opened their season with a 115-93 victory over the NBA champion Dallas Mavericks on Monday.

Andre Miller scored 14 of his 18 points in the first half as the Denver guards were a combined 14 for 17 from the field in the opening 24 minutes. The Nuggets shot 57.4 percent in the first half.

Al Harrington also scored 18 and Danilo Gallinari added 15 for Denver, which has won three straight in Dallas.

Jason Kidd’s 3-pointer brought the Mavericks to within 47-41 at the 6:28 mark of the second quarter before Denver finished the half on a 22-1 run, including nine points by Lawson, to take a 69-42 lead.

On the day after Dallas raised its championship banner before losing to Miami 105-94, the Mavericks didn’t look a team ready to defend their title, especially in the first half when they were outrebounded 26-15 and committed nine turnovers.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 20 points for Dallas, which dug itself another big hole after it trailed Miami by 32 entering the fourth quarter Sunday.

The closest Dallas got in the third quarter was 23 and Denver led by as many as 33 before settling for a 97-68 lead after three.

Thunder 104, Timberwolves 100

Kevin Durant had 33 points as the Oklahoma City Thunder edged host Minnesota 104-100 Monday, beating the Timberwolves for the 10th consecutive time.

Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 61 points to pace the Thunder, who spoiled the NBA debuts of point guard Ricky Rubio and forward Derrick Williams.

With the Thunder holding a slim lead for most of the final quarter, Minnesota evened things at 98 on a Michael Beasley dunk with 2:01 remaining.

Kendrick Perkins followed with the go-ahead layup for the Thunder, and Westbrook drew a foul on the following possession after Beasley missed a potential game-tying 11-footer.

After Westbrook made both free throws, Williams made a layup and Westbrook missed a 14-footer on the other end, giving the Timberwolves one final chance to tie it. Beasley missed a short jumper and Oklahoma City recovered possession to ice it.

Beasley had 24 points while Kevin Love added 22 points and 12 rebounds. Williams finished with 13 points while Rubio had six points, six assists and five boards.

Nets 90, Wizards 84

Deron Williams had 23 points, eight rebounds and eight assists as the New Jersey Nets stormed back from 21 points behind for a 90-84 victory over the host Washington Wizards in the season opener for both teams Monday night.

Kris Humphries added 21 points and 16 rebounds to help New Jersey post a dominant 58-39 edge on the boards and beat the Wizards for only the second time in the last nine meetings.

The Nets erased a 21-point second-quarter deficit but saw the Wizards battle back with an 11-0 spurt to take a 74-66 lead early in the fourth quarter.

New Jersey responded with a 14-2 run to take an 80-76 lead on Williams’ 3-pointer with 3:59 to play and extended the margin to 87-79 on another 3-pointer from Anthony Morrow with 97 seconds left.

Morrow finished with 16 points and was joined in double figures by center Johan Petro with 11.

Nick Young came off the bench to score a team-high 16 points for the Wizards, but he had to leave the game with a foot injury before returning in the fourth quarter.

Point guard John Wall added 13 points, eight rebounds and six assists for Washington.

Bobcats 96, Bucks 95

D.J. Augustin scored 19 points and Gerald Henderson added 18 to help the Charlotte Bobcats to a 96-95 victory over the visiting Milwaukee Bucks on Monday.

Augustin’s driving basket with 36.5 seconds left gave Charlotte the lead for good in the season-opening contest for both teams.

Brandon Jennings scored 22 points and Andrew Bogut added 17 for Milwaukee.

Charlotte overcame a 14-point, third-quarter deficit to take an 89-81 lead before encountering some anxious moments.

Jennings hit back-to-back 3-pointers and Mike Dunleavy followed with another 3 to give the Bucks a 90-89 lead with 1:20 remaining.

The Bucks trailed by two when Dunleavy missed a 3-pointer with 11.9 seconds left. Charlotte’s Kemba Walker, who scored 13 points in his NBA debut, hit two free throws with 9.9 ticks to make it a two-possession game.

The Bobcats trailed 59-45 early in the third quarter before going on a period-ending 26-7 run. Charlotte tallied the final 13 points of the quarter and had 11 offensive rebounds in the period.

Milwaukee’s Stephen Jackson had a forgettable night in his return to Charlotte, the team that traded him to the Bucks in a draft-night trade. Jackson had just six points in 17 minutes before fouling out.

Pacers 91, Pistons 79

Roy Hibbert led a balanced attack with 16 points and 13 rebounds as the Indiana Pacers cruised to a 91-79 win over the visiting Detroit Pistons in a sloppy season opener or both teams.

Hibbert was one of five players to score in double figures for the Pacers, who prevailed despite shooting just 37.2 percent from the field. The Pistons were even worse on the night, connecting on just 36 percent of their shots.

That poor shooting sunk the Pistons early, as they recorded just two field goals in nearly eight minutes of action in the first quarter to fall behind by nine.

Detroit drew to within three on a long Jonas Jerebko jumper just past the midway point of the second quarter, but the Pacers closed on a 17-6 run – highlighted by three consecutive 3-pointers – to go up by 14 at the break.

Danny Granger also had 16 points for Indiana, while Tyler Hansbrough added 15 and offseason acquisition had 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Rodney Stuckey and Jerebko had 17 points apiece for Detroit, which was outrebounded 51-39 in defeat.

Magic 104, Rockets 95

Dwight Howard bounced back from a flat opening-day performance with 21 points and seven rebounds as the visiting Orlando Magic picked up their first victory with a 104-95 triumph over the Houston Rockets on Monday.

Hedo Turkoglu scored 23 points and J.J. Redick added 20 off the bench for the Magic, who fell at Oklahoma City on Sunday.

Howard, whose trade request has the franchise in limbo, struggled to 11 points on 4-of-12 shooting in Sunday’s setback. The All-Star center had no such trouble early on Monday, connecting on eight of 11 shots in the first half to guide Orlando into the locker room with a 53-50 edge.

An 11-4 burst to begin the third quarter pushed the lead to double figures.

Houston made a run in the fourth, closing to within 89-85 with 6:31 left, but Turkoglu hit a 3-pointer to spark a 9-2 burst and the Magic coasted to the finish.

The Rockets, who were rebuffed by the commissioner’s office in their efforts to rebuild during the preseason, got 20 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds from Kyle Lowry.

Kevin Martin, one of the key pieces heading out of town in the squashed trade that would have landed Pau Gasol in Houston, went 1-of-10 from the floor and finished with four points.

Raptors 104, Cavaliers 96

Jose Calderon had 15 points and 11 assists, one of seven Raptors in double figures, and Toronto spoiled the debut of top overall pick Kyrie Irving in its 104-96 victory Monday against the host Cleveland Cavaliers.

Irving had six points and seven assists, but shot just 2-of-12 from the floor. He had seven assists.

Leandro Barbosa had 14 points off the bench, Andrea Bargnani had 13 points and Amir Johnson had 12 points and 12 assists for the Raptors, who shot 53 percent from the floor and 43 percent on 3-pointers (9 of 21). The Cavs were the worst team in the league at defending the 3-pointer last season.

The Raptors built a 15-point lead in the third quarter before the Cavs’ reserves cut the deficit to four early in the fourth.

Ramon Sessions had 18 points and six assists and Tristan Thompson, the fourth pick in the draft, had 14 points and five rebounds for the Cavs

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