SAN ANTONIO (Sporting Alert) — The San Antonio Spurs began the defense of their NBA title with an exciting 101-100 victory over the Dallas Mavericks at the AT&T Center on Tuesday night.
San Antonio, who shot 52.9 percent from the field on 37 of 70, was recording its fourth one-point victory on opening night, which is the second most of any NBA team, Elias Sports reported.
Point guard Tony Parker, who delivered the acceptance speech, following the raising of the team’s title-winning banner and handing out of the rings, capped off the night by hitting the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:07 remaining to lift the Spurs to victory.
Parker finished the game with 23 points on 9 of 15 shooting, and tied his career high for 3s in a game with 4 for 4. Manu Ginobili added 20 points and six assists in another impressive display off the bench.
“It was a close game, anything could’ve happened,” Ginobili told reporters after the win.
Marco Belinelli scored 15 points, Tim Duncan collected his 14th double-double in a season opener, following his 14 points and 13 rebounds performance, while Danny Green chipped in with 13 points.
Monta Ellis led the Mavericks with 26 points and six assists, Dirk Nowitzki had 18 points and six rebounds and Devin Harris finished with 17 points in the defeat.
“It was a great basketball game, you can’t kick off the season with a better game than this for the fans, there’s no way,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said.
“Unfortunately, the slim margins of winning and losing are all that anybody remembers.”
Also on opening night at the Smoothie King Center, rising superstar Anthony Davis scored 26 points, pulled down 17 rebounds and nine block — matching a career high for rejects — and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Orlando Magic 101-84.
Omer Asik also supported well, especially on the boards — as he finished with 17 rebounds, 14 points and five blocks for New Orleans.
“We just know that we’re a load in that paint — him with his great body and me able to move around, just try to follow the ball and get rebounds,” said Davis, who according to Elias Sports, became the youngest player since 1973-74, to record such figures.
Playing off the bench, Ryan Anderson had 22 points and nine rebounds and Tyreke Evans supported with 12 points, nine boards and six assists in the win.
Tobias Harris scored 25 points and eight rebounds and Nikola Vucevic added 15 points and 23 rebounds for the Orlando Magic, which trailed 48-41 at half-time.
Evan Fournier finished with 11 points in the defeat.
In the third game on Tuesday night’s season openers, Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers went-down 108-90 to the Houston Rockets at STAPLES Center.
James Harden scored a game-high 32 points and dished out six helpers to lead the way for the Rockets in the rout.
Terrence Jones had 16 points and 13 rebounds, Trevor Ariza added 16 points and hit 5 of 8 from long-range and ex-Lakers center Dwight Howard finished with 13 points and 11 boards on the night for Houston.
The LA Lakers, which had rookie forward Julius Randle carted off on a stretcher in the fourth quarter with a broken right tibia, were led by Bryant, who scored 19 points.
Carlos Boozer finished with 17 points and seven rebounds and Ed Davis added 11 points off the bench, but no other Los Angeles player contributed anything significant in the opening night in-house defeat.
Tuesday, October 28 – RESULTS
New Orleans 101, Orlando 84
San Antonio 101, Dallas 100
Houston 108, LA Lakers 90