MIAMI, FL (Sporting Alert) — Defending champions Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers and the Indiana Pacers all recorded victories on opening night of the 2013 NBA season Tuesday night.
LeBron James scored 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists for Heat beat the Chicago Bulls in Derrick Rose’s return to the NBA from a long injury layoff for the Bulls.
Xavier Henry scored a career high 22 points and pulled down seven rebounds and the LA Lakers beat the LA Clippers 116-103 in Doc Rivers’ debut as Clippers head coach.
In the night’s other game, Paul George scored 24 points, Lance Stephenson added 19 and Roy Hibbert pulled down 16 rebounds and the Indiana Pacers beat the Orlando Magic 97-87 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Miami Heat 107 (1-0) beat. Chicago Bulls 95 (0-1)
Indiana Pacers 97 (1-0) beat. Orlando Magic 87 (0-1)
Los Angeles Lakers 116 (1-0) – Los Angeles Clippers 103 (0-1)