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Knicks (0-1) 88, Cavaliers (1-0) 117

The Cleveland Cavaliers began their title defence in perfect fashion as they brushed off the challenge of the New York Knicks.

After the franchise's inaugural ring ceremony, LeBron James lay down a marker for the year - as he targets a fourth MVP crown - with a huge triple-double (19p,11r,14a). Kyrie Irving dropped a game-high 29 points off 54.5% from the field. 

Derrick Rose (17), Carmelo Anthony (19) and Kristaps (16) all reached double figures for the Knicks but Courtney Lee's scoreless debut and Brandon Jennings' 0-4 shooting from three really hurt.

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Spurs (1-0) 129, Warriors (0-1) 100

The San Antonio Spurs were the only franchise that looked like a 'super team' at the Oracle Arena as Kevin Durant's Golden State career got off to the worst possible start. 

Kawhi Leonard bulldozed through the Dubs' lacklustre defence time and time again and was a nuisance facing his own basket as he finished with 35 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and a huge 5 steals. 

Jonathon Simmons scored 20 points off the bench as the Spurs' rotation unit outscored the Warriors' 54-16.

Durant, offensively, was strong; scoring 27 points on 61.1% from the field. Stephen Curry dropped 26 while Klay Thompson struggled with 11 - shooting just 1-6 from deep. 

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Jazz (0-1) 104, Trail Blazers (1-0) 113

Damian Lillard picked up where he left off last season with an incredible performance to kick-start the Portland Trail Blazers' campaign at home to the Utah Jazz.

The point guard is targeting a Western Conference finals spot in 2017 and more performances like this - 39 points on 65% shooting with 9 rebounds and six assists - will make that dream a reality. C.J. McCollum supported his backcourt partner with 25 points.

Joe Johnson led the Jazz in scoring on his debut; shooting 75% for his 29 points. Rudy Gobert had a double-double (12p,14r) while Rodney Hood also dropped 26.

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