|Dwyane Wade had his eye on this basket over Andres Nocioni, and the Heat had eyes on their first victory of the season. (Barbara Johnston/Associated Press)|
Change in forecast: Heat win
Wade scores 30, Miami tops 76ers
Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh have their first win with Miami, and the Big Three got help from some big 3s in the Heat’s 97-87 road victory over Philadelphia last night.
Playing with purpose a night after an 88-80 loss in a hyped showdown with Boston, the three looked as if they still need some games to get used to playing with each other. Only Wade, with 30 points, looked particularly sharp against the Sixers. The Heat hit three straight 3-pointers in the third quarter to bust open an 8-point halftime lead.
James scored 16 points and Bosh had 15.
“We’re not at our peak, we’re not even close,’’ Wade said. “Eventually when it’s time to be there, we will. I got in a comfort zone. I missed some shots around the basket, but it’s coming.’’
Evan Turner led the Sixers with 16 points in his NBA debut.
Nets 101, Pistons 98 — Anthony Morrow hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 26 seconds to play and New Jersey gave Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov a win in his first game as owner with a victory over visiting Detroit.
The Nets outscored the Pistons, 13-3, in the final 1:40 to give Avery Johnson a win in his first game as coach — coming much quicker than last season, when they set an NBA record by losing their first 18 games.
Brook Lopez led the Nets with 25 points and nine rebounds.
Thunder 106, Bulls 95 — Kevin Durant scored 30 points, Russell Westbrook added 28 points and 10 rebounds, and Oklahoma City spoiled Tom Thibodeau’s debut as Chicago’s coach.
Durant and Westbrook each powered down two-handed dunks during a late 11-0 surge that put the game away.
Derrick Rose scored 28 points to lead the Bulls.
Hornets 95, Bucks 91 — Chris Paul had 17 points and 16 assists, and host New Orleans gave Monty Williams a victory in his NBA head coaching debut, beating Milwaukee.
David West led all scorers with 22 points, while new starting shooting guard Marco Belinelli added 18 for New Orleans.
Carlos Delfino hit five 3-pointers and scored 19 points for Milwaukee.
Hawks 119, Grizzlies 104 — Joe Johnson scored 22 points and Zaza Pachulia added 17 points and 11 rebounds, leading Atlanta over host Memphis.
Mike Bibby added 19 points as the Hawks shot 53 percent from the field and 87 percent from the free throw line.
Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 23 points.
Kings 117, Timberwolves 116 — Carl Landry had 22 points and 11 rebounds and Sacramento won at Minnesota.
Francisco Garcia scored 22 points and rookie DeMarcus Cousins had 14 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists for the Kings.
Luke Ridnour had 20 points and six assists for the Timberwolves.
Mavericks 101, Bobcats 86 — Dirk Nowitzki had 28 points and 13 rebounds, Jason Kidd added 12 points and 18 assists, and Dallas beat visiting Charlotte.
Jason Terry added 22 points and Caron Butler scored 13 for the Mavericks.
Tyrus Thomas’s 22 points paced the Bobcats, who’ve never beaten the Mavericks in 13 meetings.
Spurs 122, Pacers 109 — Tim Duncan had 23 points and 12 rebounds, and San Antonio beat visiting Indiana.
Manu Ginobili scored 22 points for the Spurs, who blew an early double-digit lead. Tony Parker, starting the final year of his contract, had 20 points.
Roy Hibbert led Indiana with 28 points.
Nuggets 110, Jazz 88 — Carmelo Anthony scored 23 points, Arron Afflalo added 22, and host Denver opened the season by beating Utah in coach George Karl’s return to the bench. He missed the final two months of last season after being diagnosed with throat and neck cancer.
Chauncey Billups chipped in 14 points and eight assists.
Deron Williams had 17 points for the Jazz.
Knicks 98, Raptors 93 — Wilson Chandler scored 22 points, Amare Stoudemire had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and New York beat host Toronto.
Chandler scored 8 points in the final quarter and Stoudemire added 7 for New York, which led, 74-72, through three.
Trail Blazers 98, Clippers 88 — Brandon Roy scored 22 points and Portland spoiled the NBA debut of Blake Griffin in a road victory over Los Angeles.
Griffin had 20 points and 14 rebounds, a year after his rookie season was supposed to begin. The No. 1 pick in the 2009 draft broke his left kneecap in the Clippers’ final preseason game and missed all of last season.
Warriors 131, Rockets 128 — Monta Ellis matched his career high with 46 points, Stephen Curry added 25 points and 11 assists, and Golden State won Keith Smart’s coaching debut by beating visiting Houston.
David Lee had 17 points to help the Warriors to their first season-opening win since 2005.