Durant leads OKC past Utah
Kevin Durant scored 42 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a victory over the Utah Jazz, 101-98, in the teams' 2013-14 season-opener.
Durant only shot nine-for-24 from the field, but nailed 22 of 24 free throws, including a pair with 6.8 seconds remaining in the win.
Thabo Sefolosha and Reggie Jackson each added 14 points as the Thunder (1-0) won without injured star point guard Russell Westbrook.
Gordon Hayward had a chance to force overtime, but his 3-pointer with 0.9 seconds remaining bounced off the rim.
Cavaliers 98, Nets 94
Tristan Thompson's 18 points led six double-figure scorers for the Cavaliers as Cleveland defeated the revamped Brooklyn Nets 98-94 in the season opener for both teams.
Nets center Brook Lopez had a game-high 21 points for the new-look Brooklyn team who debuted veterans Paul Pierce (17 points) and Kevin Garnett (eight points, 10 rebounds).
Rockets 96, Bobcats 83
Dwight Howard made his debut with the Houston Rockets memorable, tying his career high by grabbing 26 rebounds in a victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.
Howard, signed this offseason following a tumultuous campaign with the Los Angeles Lakers, added 17 points and two blocked shots.
He teamed with James Harden, who scored 21 points despite battling back tightness, to carry the Rockets (1-0) down the stretch.