Carmelo Anthony scored 19 points as the New York Knicks opened their National Basketball Association season with a 90-83 victory at home against the Milwaukee Bucks.
The defending-champion Miami Heat lost to the Philadelphia 76ers 114-110, and the revamped Brooklyn Nets lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers 98-94.
The Knicks had a 56-31 halftime lead last night in New York before they were outscored 52-34 in the second half. It was the first regular-season NBA game in Madison Square Garden since the completion of a $1 billion renovation that took three years.
Elsewhere in the NBA, it was Toronto 93, Boston 87; Detroit 113, Washington 102; Houston 96, Charlotte 83; Minnesota 120, Orlando 115; Indiana 95, New Orleans 90; Dallas 118, Atlanta 109; San Antonio 101, Memphis 94; Oklahoma City 101, Utah 98; Phoenix 104, Portland 91; Sacramento 90, Denver 88; and Golden State 125, the Los Angeles Lakers 94.
In New York, Anthony, the NBA scoring champion last season, also had 10 rebounds. The Knicks’ Raymond Felton scored 18 points and Iman Shumpert had 16.
Gary Neal came off the bench to score 16 points for the Bucks, followed by Caron Butler with 14 points and Zaza Pachulia with 13 points and 11 rebounds. O.J. Mayo also scored 13 points.
In Philadelphia, the 76ers defeated the Heat behind rookie Michael Carter-Williams, who had 22 points, 12 assists and nine steals. LeBron James had 25 points and 13 assists for Miami. Nevada sports books predict a historically bad season for the 76ers, listing their win total at 16.5, as they vie for the top pick in the next NBA draft. The Heat won the past two NBA titles.
The Nets, who acquired All-Stars Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, lost in Cleveland as Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving had 15 points and nine assists. Pierce had 17 points, while Garnett scored eight with 10 rebounds.
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