Too much Love for Memphis
MEMPHIS, Tennessee –– Kevin Love had 17 points and 13 rebounds, Richard Jefferson had 14 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers built a big early advantage to ruin the Memphis Grizzlies’ season opener with a 106-76 victory last night.
Cleveland capitalized on Memphis’ shooting woes, building a double-digit lead in the first quarter and extending the margin to 32 in the fourth. The Cavaliers lost their season opener to the Bulls 97-95 on Tuesday night.
LeBron James, Jared Cunningham and Matthew Dellavedova had 12 points each, with James 4 of 13 from the field. Jefferson was five of six, including all three 3-point tries, part of Cleveland shooting 45 percent from beyond the arc. Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol led the Grizzlies with 12 points apiece.
Meanwhile Russell Westbrook had 33 points and 10 assists to help Billy Donovan win his NBA coaching debut with a 112-106 win over San Antonio Spurs in Oklahoma.
Kevin Durant scored 22 points in his first regular-season game since February. He made just 6 of 19 field goals, but hit two critical free throws with 11.5 seconds remaining to put the Thunder in control.
Enes Kanter had 15 points and 16 rebounds off the bench for the Thunder.
Kawhi Leonard scored a career-high 32 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Spurs. LaMarcus Aldridge had 11 points and five rebounds in his debut with San Antonio after nine years with Portland.
In Miami Chris Bosh scored 21 points in his first game since getting sick last February, Dwyane Wade added 20 and Miami Heat beat Charlotte Hornets 104-94 in the season opener for both teams.
Gerald Green scored 19 off the bench and Luol Deng finished with 13 for Miami, which used a 26-6 run in the second quarter to take control and beat the Hornets for the 14th consecutive time at home.
The Heat made 12 of 20 shots from 3-point range, including one from Deng with 38.8 seconds left to help seal the win.
Kemba Walker led the Hornets with 19 points, Jeremy Lin scored 17 and Marvin Williams had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Other scores last night: Clippers 111, Kings 104; Bulls 115, Nets 100; Trail Blazers 112, Pelicans 94; Raptors 106, Pacers 99; Mavericks 111, Suns 95; Nuggets 105, Rockets 85; Pistons 92, Jazz 87; Knicks 122, Bucks 97; Celtics 112, 76ers 95; Wizards 88, Magic 87.