Wilson Chandler came off the bench to score 22 points as the New York Knicks beat the Toronto Raptors 98-93 in their first game of the National Basketball Association season.
Six Knicks players scored 10 points or more, with Amar’e Stoudemire adding 19 in his debut for the team and Raymond Felton contributing 15. Andrea Bargnani scored 22 points for the Raptors and Jarrett Jack added 16 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto last night.
It was Toronto’s first game since Chris Bosh left for the Miami Heat to join fellow All-Stars Dwyane Wade and LeBron James.
Wade scored a game-high 30 points, two-time reigning league Most Valuable Player James added 16, Bosh had 15 and James Jones came off the bench to score 20 points in the Heat’s 97-87 win at the Philadelphia 76ers. The win came a day after Miami’s 88-80 loss at the Boston Celtics in the season-opening game.
Cleveland, without James for the first time in seven seasons, beat the Celtics 95-87. J.J. Hickson led the Cavaliers with 21 points.
In other games last night, it was New Jersey 101, Detroit 98; New Orleans 95, Milwaukee 91; Sacramento 117, Minnesota 116; Oklahoma City 106, Chicago 95; Atlanta 119, Memphis 104; Dallas 101, Charlotte 86; San Antonio 122, Indiana 109; Denver 110, Utah 88; Golden State 132, Houston 128; and Portland 98, Los Angeles Clippers 88.