Derrick Rose made a baseline floater with 5.7 seconds left to lift the Chicago Bulls to an 82-81 victory over the New York Knicks on Thursday in his first home game since he injured his left knee 18 months ago.
Rose had 18 points on 7-of-23 shooting and committed four turnovers.
However, there was no doubt as to who was getting the ball after Tyson Chandler went 1-for-2 at the line to give New York an 81-80 lead with 10.8 seconds remaining.
The speedy point guard, whose selection was a game-time decision because of a sore neck, got the ball on the wing and drove to the baseline for the go-ahead basket.
New York had one last chance, but Carmelo Anthony missed a long jumper.
Luol Deng had 17 points for Chicago, who matched a franchise record with their fifth consecutive win at home openers.
CLIPPERS 126, WARRIORS 115
In Los Angeles, California, Chris Paul scored 42 points and had three of his 15 assists on consecutive alley-oop dunks by Blake Griffin during a 30-second span in the third quarter, to lead the LA Clippers to a victory over the Golden State Warriors in their home opener.
The Clippers, who won the franchise’s first division title last season with a club-record 56 wins, had five players score in the double figures.
Griffin had 23 points and 10 rebounds, before fouling out with 3 minutes, 53 seconds remaining in the game.
Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick finished with 17 points each, while DeAndre Jordan had 17 rebounds and nine points, smf Jared Dudley scored 10.
Golden State’s Stephen Curry made nine three-pointers against the Clippers and finished with 39 points and nine assists. David Lee scored 22 points before fouling out with 4:10 to play.