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Lakers beat the Rockets in Luke Walton's first game; Anthony Davis drops 50 points for New Orleans

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Rockets (0-1) 114, Lakers (1-0) 120

The Lakers made a positive start under new head coach Luke Walton and in their first game without Kobe Bryant on the roster in 21 seasons as they defeated the Houston Rockets at the Staples Center.

James Harden had 34 points and 17 assists for the visitors, but the Swag Bros came to the rescue for the Purple and Gold with D'Angelo Russell dropping 20 points and Jordan Clarkson contributing a team-high 25 points from the bench.

Thunder (1-0) 103, Sixers (0-1) 97

The Thunder were victorious in their first game since Kevin Durant's move to the Golden State Warriors and it was a familiar face that led the way.

Russell Westbrook came within one assist of recording a triple-double as the guard recorded 32 points, 12 rebounds and nine dimes. Joel Embiid led the way for the Sixer with a team-high 20 points and with seven rebounds, he wasn't far off a double-double on his NBA debut in just 22 minutes.

Timberwolves (0-1) 98, Grizzlies (1-0) 102

Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau did not get the start he wanted last night as Grizzlies guard Mike Conley showed why he is paid the big bucks.

Conley put up 24 points and went a super efficient 4-of-5 from three-point range. Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns did register 25 and 21 points respectively, but Zach Randolph's 19 off the bench proved decisive.

Heat (1-0) 106, Magic (0-1) 96

The Miami Heat showed there is life after Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade as Hassan Whiteside put together another double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds to help score a win over their Florida rivals.

Whiteside also produced his standard four block shots during the affair, but the game was really won by the second string. Tyler Johnson, James Johnson and Willie Reed all got into double-digits for points while no Orlando bench player did. Evan Fournier was the Magic's leader with 20 points.

Mavericks (0-1) 121, Pacers (1-0) 130

The highest scoring game of the night came at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse arena as the new-look Pacers scored a well-earned win over the Mavericks.

Sophomore center Myles Turner was the star of the show at the pivot with 30 points, 16 rebounds and four blocked shots, even outshining superstar teammate Paul George, who dropped 25 points himself. Monta Ellis had 19 points, seven boards and seven assists to influence the game in all areas, but for the Mavs, Deron Williams and Dirk Nowitzki lead the way with 22 points apiece.

Nets (0-1) 117, Celtics (1-0) 122

Life with Al Horford got off to a solid start for the Celtics last night, but it was Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder who came up with the goods.

Thoms went for 25 points while Crowder dropped 21 of his own. For the Nets, the backcourt of Jeremy Lin and Bojan Bogdanovic combined for 39 points, but despite a brave fight, they didn't have enough down the stretch.

Pistons (0-1) 91, Raptors (1-0) 109

Jonas Valanciunas somewhat nullifying Andre Drummond on the boards and in the paint was how Toronto picked up the victory in this one.

Drummond only had six rebounds to go with his 18 points last night, but his Lithuanian counterpart put up 32 points and 11 boards. DeMar DeRozan was also a big factor as the shooting guard dropped a monstrous 40 points as he went 17-of-27 shooting from the field.

Kings (1-0) 113, Suns (0-1) 94

DeMarcus Cousins led the way for the Kings last night with 24 points, but he was ably supported by Rudy Gay's 22 points and Matt Barnes' 14 off of the bench.

Devin Booker and Eric Bledsoe led the resistance for the Suns, but not one Phoenix player managed to get over the 20 point mark.

Hornets (1-0) 107, Bucks (0-1) 96

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist gave a timely reminder of his talents on opening night as the forward dropped 23 points to lead the Hornets to a victory over a young Bucks unit.

Kemba Walker also contributed 17 points and eight assits for the visitors, but Milwaukee got another monster performance from the Greek Freak, Giannis Antetokounmpo. He recorded 31 points, nine boards and five dimes as he operated from a guard spot. However, it wasn't enough.

Nuggets (1-0) 105, Pelicans (0-1) 100

Anthony Davis dropped 50 points on the Nuggets - half of his team's total points haul - and they still couldn't get the job done. Will Barton, Jusuf Nurkic and Danilo Gallinari combined for 60 points to get the job done.

Davis had 16 rebounds and four blocks in addition to his ridoculous scoring outburst and only two more of his teammates got into double figures.

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