Chris Bosh had 26 points and 15 rebounds to lead the new-look Toronto Raptors to a 109-92 thrashing of the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday.
Bosh rebounded after playing poorly in the season opener in New Jersey. He was 12-for-16 from the field and made five of his first six shots and almost had a double-double by halftime.
Andrew Bogut had 18 points for the Bucks. Milwaukee's Charlie Villanueva had 17 points and 11 rebounds against his former team before leaving the game in the fourth quarter with a pulled right calf.
T.J. Ford, who was acquired by Toronto from Milwaukee in a much-criticized trade, had 13 points and 11 assists, including 10 points and eight assists in the second half.
Hornets 100, Pacers 91
At Indianapolis, David West had 20 points and Rasual Butler scored all 11 of his points in the fourth quarter as New Orleans beat Indiana.
Jermaine O'Neal led the host Pacers with 25 points.
Peja Stojakovic, who played for the Pacers for the second half of last season, was booed during introductions and several more times throughout the game. He finished with eight points and turned the ball over five times.
Chris Paul finished with 16 points and six assists and Tyson Chandler had 15 rebounds for the Hornets (2-0).
76ers 105, Magic 103
At Orlando, Florida, Allen Iverson scored 39 points, including a driving layup with 2.2 seconds to play, to lead Philadelphia over Orlando.
Grant Hill, who led the Magic with 25 points, tied the game at 103 with a short bank shot, but he missed from 12 feet as the buzzer sounded.
Kyle Korver had 28 points on 10-of-13 shooting for Philadelphia, which shot 56.1 percent for the game.
Hedo Turkoglu had 15 points and nine rebounds and Dwight Howard finished with 14 points and nine rebounds for the Magic, who struggled all night to find a defensive answer for Iverson and Korver.
Heat 91, Nets 85
At Miami, Shaquille O'Neal had 21 points and nine rebounds, Dwyane Wade added 17 points and Miami shook off the effects of a humbling opening-night rout to defeat New Jersey.
The Heat -- who lost to Chicago by 42 points on Tuesday -- avoided becoming the sixth defending NBA champion to start a season 0-2.
Vince Carter, who led New Jersey with 27 points, hit a short jumper from the left baseline to tie the game at 73 with 5:56 left. On Miami's next possession, James Posey -- with the shot clock down to :02 -- hit a long 3-pointer to put the Heat back on top, and they stayed there the rest of the way.
Hawks 102, Knicks 92
At Atlanta, Joe Johnson enjoyed another big scoring night at New York's expense, finishing with 30 points in Atlanta's win.
Johnson averaged 28.8 points against the Knicks last season -- his second-best mark against any team. He was 12-of-24 from the field and added eight assists to lead the Hawks to their first win.
Zaza Pachulia added 22 points and Josh Childress had 12 for the Hawks.
Eddy Curry led New York with 20 points, while Quentin Richardson added 19 but managed only three after picking up his fifth foul late in the third quarter. Nate Robinson scored all of his 15 points in the final quarter.
Pistons 101, Celtics 88
At Boston, Rasheed Wallace managed to stay in the game and had 18 points and nine rebounds while Richard Hamilton scored 27 points to lead Detroit to its first win of the season.
Chauncey Billups had 20 points with 11 assists, and Antonio McDyess had 10 rebounds for the Pistons, who lost their opener to the Milwaukee Bucks. Wallace was scoreless in that one before he was ejected midway through the third quarter for arguing with the officials.
Paul Pierce scored 22 points with eight rebounds, Wally Szczerbiak scored 18 points and Al Jefferson came off the bench to contribute 11 points and 10 rebounds for Boston.
Grizzlies 96, Bobcats 83
At Memphis, Tennessee, Mike Miller scored 27 points, including 21 in the fourth quarter, to lead Memphis past Charlotte for its first win this season.
Miller's shooting performance overshadowed Charlotte rookie Adam Morrison's 21 points. Charlotte (0-2) has lost all five games to the Grizzlies since the Bobcats entered the NBA in 2004.
Memphis erased a 72-60 deficit early in the fourth quarter with 13 straight points as Miller hit consecutive 3-pointers from the left wing. Lawrence Roberts also had five points in that stretch.
Morrison finished 8-of-15 from the field but was held scoreless in the final quarter.
Cavaliers 88, Spurs 81
At San Antonio, LeBron James scored 35 points and Cleveland withstood a late surge by Tim Duncan and San Antonio.
Duncan scored 14 points in a 5-minute span in the fourth quarter as the Spurs steadily shaved a 13-point deficit to pull within four. But missed free throws -- Duncan was 9-of-19 for the game -- doomed the rally and the Spurs lost their home opener.
James, who missed five consecutive shots in the Spurs' rally, hit a layup then followed it with a free throw for an 86-79 lead with 42 seconds left.
Kings 89, Bulls 88
At Chicago, Kevin Martin scored 30 points, including the go-ahead jumper with 6.4 seconds left, and Ron Artest added 22 points and 13 rebounds to lead Sacramento past Chicago.
Chicago's Chris Duhon threw away a pass with 13 seconds left. Mike Bibby drove the lane and passed out to Martin, whose jumper gave the Kings the lead.
Duhon then dribbled the ball off his foot, and Sacramento escaped with a come-from-behind victory.
Artest scored seven points in the final 1:10, starting with a three-point play that cut the Bulls' lead to 83-80.
Jazz 108, Suns 104
At Phoenix, Carlos Boozer dunked with 31 seconds left for the go-ahead score and Utah finished the game on a 13-3 run to beat Phoenix.
Boozer had 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Jazz, who trailed 101-95 after Leandro Barbosa's two free throws with 2:26 to play.
Phoenix still led 103-101 on Steve Nash's two free throws with 1:10 left. But Matt Harpring was fouled by James Jones on a layup and made the three-point play to put Utah ahead 104-103 with 57 seconds remaining.
Kurt Thomas made one free throw with 44 seconds left to tie it at 104.
Barbosa scored 22 points, nine in the final 5 minutes. Shawn Marion had 19 points and Nash added 17 points and 10 assists. Raja Bell scored 17 points before fouling out.
Timberwolves 112, Nuggets 109
At Denver, Kevin Garnett scored 27 points and Minnesota rallied to beat Denver.
Carmelo Anthony of the Nuggets scored 28 points just 24 hours after he was ejected in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. He missed four shots in the final 14 seconds.
Garnett scored nine points in the fourth quarter, when the Timberwolves overcame a five-point deficit in the final five minutes. Rookie Craig Smith added 20 points.
Earl Boykins scored 15 of his 28 points in the first half as Denver took a 57-53 lead.
Warriors 102, Trail Blazers 89
At Oakland, California, Baron Davis had 17 points, nine assists, four rebounds and two steals to help Don Nelson earn the first win of his second tenure as Golden State's coach.
Mickael Pietrus added 16 points and matched his career high with 10 rebounds for his second double-double as the Warriors beat the Trail Blazers for the seventh straight time.
Zach Randolph had 22 points and 11 rebounds for Portland while rookie Brandon Roy had 19 points, six rebounds, five assists and a blocked shot in his second straight strong performance as a pro.
Lakers 118, SuperSonics 112
At Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant made his season debut with 23 points, Lamar Odom scored 28 and Los Angeles remained unbeaten.
Ray Allen had 30 points and Rashard Lewis added 28 for Seattle (0-2), which trailed by 20 points in the first half.
Bryant, coming back from offseason knee surgery, played 40 minutes and went 8-of-15 from the field. He had six assists and four rebounds.
Odom made five free throws in the closing 36 seconds to help the Lakers hold off the SuperSonics. Luke Walton had 20 points and eight rebounds for Los Angeles.
The Sonics led 102-100 with 4:55 left in the game. But Ronny Turiaf's free throws pulled the Lakers even.
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