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NBA Day One: Recap

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Miami Heat players and coach collect their rings (©GettyImages)
Miami Heat players and coach collect their rings (©GettyImages).

After months and months of desperate waiting, we can finally say the NBA is back.

The opening day of the NBA consisted of three games. Indiana Pacers vs Orlando Magic, Miami Heat vs Chicago Bulls and Los Angelas Lakers vs Los Angelas Clippers. The day came with some great moments and plenty of unpredictable ones too.

To start off the year and the day, the Orlando Magic took on the Indiana Pacers in Indiana. Paul George, the star of the game dropped 24 points with 50 per cent shooting from the field, and he aided his performance with six rebounds, three blocks and five assists. Teammate Roy Hibbert also had a great game pulling down 16 boards.

The most interesting thing about that game was the debut of number draft two pick, Victor Oladipo. He came on halfway through the first quarter and was heartily cheered by his old fans in Indiana. Oladipo's first shot was good and it was a three pointer. He had a good game dropping 12 points in 22 minutes.

Next up was the most anticipated game on the day, Miami Heat taking on the Chicago Bulls. The pre-game celebration saw the Heat receive their 2013 finals rings. The fans absolutely loving it, chanting 'MVP! MVP! MVP!' when LeBron received his.

But the best thing about the game was the fact that it was Derrick Rose's first legit NBA game in more than a year. Rose made the first bucket for the Bulls but after that he and the Bulls struggled.

D.Rose turned the ball over five times and only dropped 12 points on 4-15 shooting from the field and 1-7 from behind the arc. He also got his ankles broken by Norris Cole, figuratively of course. On the plus side, Boozer made 31 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.

For the Miami Heat, LeBron was once again the man who led the team to the W. He recorded 17 points and eight assists. The whole Miami side looked good as a team with every player making more than six points. It seems that this year's Miami team could make it to the finals again.

The third and final game was between the Lakers and the Clippers, and if I may say so myself it was a huge upset. The Pau Gasol inspired Lakers beat the Clippers by 13 points (116-103). Pau Gasol dropped 15 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. However, he wasn't the only man in gold who impressed.

Five men on the Lakers bench reached double digits in the points column, Xavier Henry dropping 22 off the bench and also pulling down six rebounds. Jordan Hill also helped with his 12 points and eight rebounds. But the best man on the bench was Jordan Farmar, he got 16 points, four rebounds and six assists. The bench came together to put up 76 of the 116 points for the Lakers.

Overall, the opening day could have gone better but it was still great. The Heat came out and showed they aren't going to let go this season, they want number three.

The Lakers came out and let everyone know they don't need Kobe to beat the great sides.

Victor Oladipo showed some promise and the reigning most improved player, Paul George showed he is an elite NBA player. 

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