Parker scores 24 as Spurs crash Lakers
Tony Parker scored 24 points and Manu Ginobili came off the bench to deliver 20 more as the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 91-85 at Staples Center.
Kawhi Leonard added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs (2-0), who handed the Lakers (1-2) their second consecutive defeat after a season-opening romp over the L.A. Clippers. Pau Gasol led the Lakers with 20 points and 11 boards.
The Lakers held an 80-78 lead after a three-point play by Jodie Meeks with 3:55 remaining in the game, but faded down the stretch.
Parker, Boris Diaw, who hit a big three-point shot with less than two minutes left, and Tiago Splitter sparked a 9-1 Spurs run for 87-81 lead with a little more than a minute.
Los Angeles led by as much as 15 in the first half but the Spurs rallied. (Editing by Ben Everill)
Bobcats 90, Cavaliers 84
Kemba Walker scored 23 points and hit a key three-pointer with 58.3 seconds left to give the Charlotte Bobcats a lead they held to record a 90-84 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Walker's three-pointer broke an 84-84 tie after the Bobcats let a 10-point fourth quarter lead slip away.
The Cavaliers then failed to score on their next three possessions and Gerald Henderson hit two free throws and Walker another for a 6-0 Charlotte run.
The Bobcats' win was the first career victory for first-year coach Steve Clifford.
76ers 109, Wizards 102
Thaddeus Young scored 29 points and Spencer Hawes had 16 points and 14 rebounds as the Philadelphia 76ers pulled off a 109-102 comeback win over the Washington Wizards.
Evan Turner had 23 points and rookie Michael Carter-Williams scored 14 points, two of six 76ers (2-0) to score in double figures.
After rallying to shock the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat on Wednesday, Philadelphia triumphed despite trailing by 14 points in the first half, 54-44 at halftime and 85-78 with 8:50 remaining in Washington's home opener.
Carter-Williams' missed his opening five shots, but his three pointer gave Philadelphia its first lead at 92-89 with 6:28 left.
John Wall scored 21 of his 26 in the first half, and Trevor Ariza had 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Wizards.
Bucks 105, Celtics 98
The Milwaukee Bucks, who were down 22 points in the first half, spoiled Boston's home opener by roaring from behind for a 105-98 victory that gave Larry Drew his first win as Milwaukee coach.
The Bucks ended the game with a 17-5 run in the final 4:28, including a 10-0 burst that sent the crowd away disappointed.
The injury-depleted Bucks won the game with their bench. Zaza Pachulia scored 20 points, six in the final 43.5 seconds, and had nine rebounds and four assists in 30 minutes to lead the way.
Rookie Nate Wolters and John Henson (nine rebounds) had 14 points apiece and fellow sub Khris Middleton added 13 points. Gary Neal was the only starter in double figures with 14 points.