The San Antonio Spurs celebrated last
season's success and started their title defence. Tony Parker
scored 14 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter and newcomer
Michael Finley added 11 points in the period for the Spurs,
who defeated the Denver Nuggets 102-91 in the opening game
for both teams Tuesday night.
Michael Redd hit the game-tying 3-pointer
in regulation and scored 30 points to lead the Bucks to a
117-108 overtime win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday
night in the season opener.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 28 points and grabbed
15 rebounds and the Dallas Mavericks erased a 17-point fourth-quarter
deficit to beat the Phoenix Suns 111-108 in double-overtime.
The late-starting season-opener Tuesday night ended just after
midnight, local time.
J.R. Smith scored 19 points and had two
electrifying dunks as New Orleans beat the Sacramento Kings
93-67 on the NBA's opening night, which also marked the first
of 35 Hornets ''home'' games in Oklahoma City.
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