CHICAGO, Sporting Alert – The NBA scores, recaps and box scores from the games that took place on the regular season opening night on Tuesday. Wins for Bulls and Warriors.
WARRIORS 111, PELICANS 95
OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry picked up from where he left off last season after he scored 40 points to pilot defending NBA champions Golden State Warriors to a 111-95 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night.
Curry, the reigning NBA MVP, shot 14 of 26 from the field, went 7 of 7 from the free throw line, while collecting seven assists, six rebounds and two steals in a very productive season opener.
The sharp-shooter started strongly, knocking seven of his first nine shots and four 3-pointers to score 24 points in the first-quarter.
Festus Ezeli scored 13 points, Andrew Bogut finished with 12 points, five assists and five rebounds and Draymond Green ended with 10 points, eight boards for the Warriors.
Interim Luke Walton, who had been in charge since the preseason, coached Golden State in the regular season opener as head coach Steve Kerr continues to recover from back surgery.
Kerr attended the game.
For the New Orleans Pelicans, Anthony Davis scored 18 points, with 10 coming from free throws after going 4 of 20 from the floor in the defeat.
The All-Star forward also added six rebounds and three blocks.
Ish Smith scored 17 points and nine rebounds off the bench in the defeat for New Orleans.
BULLS 97, CAVALIERS 95
CHICAGO — Nikola Mirotic scored 19 points in a starting role and the Chicago Bulls opened the NBA regular season on a winning note, following a battling 97-95 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Mirotic, who got the starting nod over Joakim Noah, was 6 of 11 from the floor, including 3 of 4 from three-pointers, also pulled down nine rebounds for the Bulls.
Guard Derrick Rose added 18 points and five assists and played 32 minutes, while Jimmy Butler finished with 17 points.
Pau Gasol only had two points and shot 1 of 7 from the floor, but had six blocks, including a possible tying layup by LeBron James in the final seconds of the game in front of President Barack Obama.
James scored a game-high 25 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Mo Williams added 19 points and seven assists and Kevins Love collected 18 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two blocks for the Cavs.