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NBA: Celtics open season with a win

AP , BOSTON

Samuel Dalembert, front, of the Philadelphia 76ers goes for a dunk past Ben Wallace of the Chicago Bulls during their NBA game at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, on Friday.

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Kevin Garnett had 22 points, 20 rebounds and five assists to help Boston open its season with a 103-83 win over Washington on Friday.

Paul Pierce scored 28 points and sparked Boston's take-charge rally in the first half. Add 17 points from Ray Allen, another veteran newcomer, and the Celtics looked nothing like the teams Pierce played for in his first nine seasons with Boston. Those teams won just three playoff series.

Gilbert Arenas scored 21 points and Caron Butler had 18 for the Wizards.

Cavaliers 110, Knicks 106

In Cleveland, LeBron James scored a record-breaking 45 points to lead Cleveland over the New York Knicks.

Daniel Gibson made four three-pointers in just over two minutes in the fourth quarter to rally the Cavaliers.

James scored the most points ever by a Cleveland player against New York. World B. Free dropped 39 on the Knicks in 1984.

Jamal Crawford scored 25 points for the Knicks, who were finally playing a meaningful game following a turbulent offseason.

Raptors 106, Nets 69

In East Rutherford, New Jersey, Andrea Bargnani scored 21 points to lead Toronto over New Jersey in the first meeting between the teams since the Nets ousted the Raptors in last season's playoffs.

Chris Bosh had 15 points for Toronto which set a team record for margin of victory in a road game. Their previous best was 33 at San Antonio in 1997.

Richard Jefferson was the one bright spot for Nets with 27 points.

Hawks 101, Mavericks 94

In Atlanta, Joe Johnson scored 28 points and Atlanta beat Dallas in its season-opener.

The Hawks opened the season with a home win for the first time since the 1998-1999 season, the last time they appeared in the playoffs.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 28 points for Dallas.

Pistons 116, Magic 92

In Orlando, Florida, Chauncey Billups had 18 points and seven assists to lead Detroit to a second straight victory without Richard Hamilton, downing Orlando.

The Magic were looking to avenge eight losses against Detroit last season, the last four of which swept Orlando from its first playoff appearance in four years.

Hamilton also missed Thursday's victory over the Miami Heat for personal reasons, but again others picked up offensively.

Rashard Lewis scored 21 points for Orlando.

Pacers 87, Heat 85

In Indianapolis, Danny Granger was 10-of-13 from the field and had 25 points and nine rebounds to help Indiana beat Miami.

The Pacers have opened 2-0 under new coach Jim O'Brien.

Rookie Daequan Cook, who didn't play in the season-opening loss to Detroit, led Miami with 17 points.

Bobcats 102, Bucks 99

In Charlotte, North Carolina, Raymond Felton had 26 points and 12 assists and hit two free throws with 0.1 seconds left to preserve Charlotte's win over Milwaukee.

The Bobcats won their opener despite hitting just 22 of 43 free throws.

Michael Redd scored 17 of his 21 points in the first half for the Bucks in their second straight loss.

Spurs 96, Kings 80

In San Antonio, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker scored 15 points apiece and San Antonio beat Sacramento to remain unbeaten.

The Spurs are 3-0 for the first time since the 2000-2001 season, when they finished with the best record in the league. The Kings have yet to win a game this season.

Kevin Martin scored 22 points for the Kings, who never led.

Nuggets 99, Timberwolves 91

In Minneapolis, Minnesota outplayed Denver for most of the night, but couldn't come up with the big shots down the stretch and Carmelo Anthony scored 33 points to rally the Nuggets.

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