The Brooklyn Nets are really real, and so is Ray Allen.
Nets 107, Raptors 100
The Brooklyn Nets are alive! The Nets won their regular season opener in front of a raucous BK crowd as Brook Lopez dropped 27 points to lead the way. Kyle Lowry (28) and DeMar DeRozan (27) kept the Raptors in the game, but the Nets, in case you haven't heard, are pretty talented. But about that mascot ...
Heat 119, Nuggets 116
Add a mark to the Ray Allen Saved The Heat tally, because Ray Allen saved the Heat. With seconds left and Miami down one, Shuttlesworth nailed a corner three (you don't say!) off of a LeBron James assist and drew the foul to put the Heat up three. Chris Bosh had 40. The Nuggets are 0-3.
Spurs 110, Jazz 100
The Jazz stormed back from an 18-point halftime deficit to tie it up heading into the fourth, but the Spurs' defense shut it down in the final frame. Manu Ginobili played just 15 minutes in his debut, and the Spurs are 3-0.
Warriors 114, Clippers 110
A killer win for Golden State, who played without Andrew Bogut. What a moment for Stephen Curry, too. Chris Paul had the ball inside of 10 seconds with a chance to tie, but Curry drew a charge on CP3 and hit free throws at the other end to ice the game. Curry finished with 24 points.
Celtics 89, Wizards 86
Boston's on the board! The C's picked up their first win of the season in D.C. on Saturday with Paul Pierce leading the way with 27, including the go-ahead three. The Wizards get putting pressure on Boston, though, despite an 0-5 night from Bradley Beal and continued absences of John Wall and Nene. Jordan Crawford rises again!
Hornets 89, Bulls 82
So New Orleans is ... good? Even without Anthony Davis, the Hornets beat the Bulls in Chicago to move to 2-1. Emperor Greivis Vasquez is killing this season. So much for the questions about who will play point guard for the Hornets ...
Blazers 95, Rockets 85
So James Harden won't average 41 points per game this season after all. Harden scored 24 on 24 FGAs, but was symbolic of the Rockets' offensive struggles as a Blazers team that shouldn't be good on defense got the win to go to 2-1. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27, and damn if he isn't going to be an All-Star.
Pacers 106, Kings 98 (2 OT)
Sacramento refused to die, as Marcus Thornton kept pushing Indiana to its limit. But eventually the Pacers closed it out to move to 2-1 on the season. David West (18-18) and Paul George (16-17) led the way. This was a great game if you love good defense and lots of missed shots.
Mavericks 126, Bobcats 99
There are the Bobcats we know and love!
Bucks 105, Cavaliers 102
Per usual, Kyrie Irving just isn't enough. He had 27, but the Bucks got more production from more players in a close home victory. Future Sixth Man of the Year Mike "Lil' Fun' Dunleavy did the most, with 29 off the bench. But Brandon Jennings got the game-winner. The Bucks won thanks to offense, not defense. Larry Sanders played three times as many minutes as Samuel Dalembert.