Spurs (2-0) 102), Kings (1-1) 94
Kawhi Leonard was at it again as the small forward dropped 30 points on the Sacramento Kings and in doing so becomes the first player to have 65 points & 10 steals in the first two games since 1979.
DeMarcus Cousins continued to show what an offensive powerhouse he is with a game-high 37 points, as well as a game-high 16 rebounds.
However, although Rudy Gay chimed in with 17 points and Ben McLemore with 10, no other King reached double digits. On the other hand, the Spurs had a 16-point LaMarcus Aldridge backing up Leonard, as well as contributions from Manu Ginobili, Pau Gasol, Tony Parker, Patty Mills and youngsters Dewayne Dedmon and Jonathon Simmons.
Wizards (0-1) 99, Hawks (1-0) 114
It was a happy homecoming for Dwight Howard after a stellar performance in the paint led the Hawks to a victory in their first outing of the season.
Howard had 19 rebounds as Atlanta grabbed 12 more boards than their opponents, and he also weighed in with 11 points and three blocks. Tim Hardaway Jr had 21 points, but resident offensive leader Paul Millsap led the way with a game-high 28 points.
For Washington, although much has been made of the relationship, or lack thereof, between backcourt duo John Wall and Bradley Beal, the pair combined for 25 points on the night with Wall bringing 10 assists to the table, too. Power forward Markieff Morris was the team's leader on the offensive end, though, as he produced 22 points on the night.
Boston (1-1) 99, Bulls (1-0) 105
Two teams hoping to give the Cleveland Cavaliers a run for their money in the east collided at the United Center last night and it was the Jimmy Butler inspired Bulls that drew first blood.
Butler led Chicago with 24 points but was closely followed by another All-Star returning to his roots, Dwyane Wade, who had 22 points of his own. The Bulls were almost 10 percent more deadly from beyond the arc with Butler and Wade leading the way, both going 4-of-6 from three-point land.
For Boston, Isaiah Thomas led the team in scoring for the second game running with a game-high 25 points. Avery Bradley, his backcourt partner, followed with 16 points, but after pulling down 19 fewer rebounds than their hosts, the Celtics were second best in too many areas.
L.A. Clippers (1-0) 114, Trail Blazers (1-1) 106
Blake Griffin showed how much the Clippers missed the big man last season with a dominant performance against a talented Portland outfit to banish some demons after their postseason loss to the same side last season.
Griffin went for 27 points and 13 rebounds and was supported by Chris Paul, who also had 27 points. DeAndre Jordan completed a decent night for the 'Big 3' after pulling down 12 rebounds and managing a block.
Damian Lillard had a game-high 29 points and although Portland trailed 58-49 at half-time, they managed to make it a tie game after three-quarters. The real difference here was the Clippers' second unit who late in the first quarter and early in the second went on a 16-0 run through Austin Rivers and Jamal Crawford. The depth of the Clippers, who were missing Paul Pierce, will be one of their strong points this year.