Thornton, Kings hand Lakers their second loss in row
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Marcus Thornton scored 12 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter and the Sacramento Kings opened the season in grand fashion, beating the Los Angeles Lakers at home for the first time in more than three years, 100-91 on Monday night.
Tyreke Evans added 20 points, John Salmons had 13 and DeMarcus Cousins had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Kings, who had lost nine of 10 to the Lakers and five straight at home.
Kobe Bryant scored 29 points and Metta World Peace added 19 for the Lakers, who opened the season with consecutive losses for the first time since 2002-03, putting a damper on the start of new coach Mike Brown's tenure.
Kings rookie Jimmer Fredette entered to a loud ovation midway through the first quarter and then committed a double dribble the first time he touched the ball.
Otherwise, it was nothing but a positive start to the season for the Kings in their first season opener at home in eight years.
Nets 90, Wizards 84
At Washington, Kris Humphries shrugged off loud booing to finish with 21 points and 16 rebounds, and Deron Williams had 23 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, helping New Jersey beat Washington night in the season opener for both teams.
The Nets trailed by as many as 21 points in the second quarter, but began to turn things around with a 16-2 run.
John Wall, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft, had 13 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
Warriors 99, Bulls 91
At Oakland, Calif., Stephen Curry had 21 points and 10 assists, Monta Ellis scored 26 points and the Warriors beat the Bulls, giving rookie coach Mark Jackson his first victory at any level.
David Lee added 22 points and seven rebounds and Dominic McGuire made three free throws in the final 47 seconds to seal the win for Golden State.
Luol Deng had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls, who trailed by as much as 19 before making a late surge to get within 96-91 with 36.3 seconds remaining.
Bobcats 96, Bucks 95
At Charlotte, N.C., D.J. Augustin scored 19 points, rookie Kemba Walker added 13, including two free throws with 9.9 seconds remaining, and the Bobcats erased a 14-point deficit to beat the Bucks.
Gerald Henderson added 18 points and nine rebounds for the Bobcats.
Magic 104, Rockets 95
At Orlando, Fla., Hedo Turkoglu scored 23 points to lead five Magic players in double figures as Orlando earned its first victory of the season with a win over Houston.
Orlando got 13 points from Turkoglu and eight points from J.J. Redick in the fourth quarter to help the Magic stave off a handful of second-half charges by the Rockets. Dwight Howard finished with 21 points and Redick 20.
Pacers 91, Pistons 79
At Indianapolis, Roy Hibbert had 16 points and 14 rebounds to help the Pacers defeat the Pistons.
David West, Indiana's big free agent addition, had 11 points and 12 rebounds, even though he made just 3 of 12 field goals. Tyler Hansbrough had 15 points and 13 rebounds and Paul George added 12 points.
Raptors 104, Cavaliers 96
At Cleveland, rookie Kyrie Irving scored six points and hardly played like the No. 1 overall pick as the Raptors spoiled the Cleveland guard's NBA debut with a season-opening win over the Cavaliers.
Irving, who played just 11 games at Duke before turning pro, finished just 2 of 12 from the field — he made a meaningless 3-pointer in the final minutes.
Thunder 104, Timberwolves 100
At Minneapolis, Kevin Durant scored 33 points to lead the Thunder to a victory over the Timberwolves.
Russell Westbrook added 28 points, six assists and six rebounds, and James Harden scored 16 points for the Thunder, who have started off a season loaded with expectations at 2-0.
Kevin Love had 22 points, 12 rebounds and five assists for the Timberwolves.
Nuggets 115, Mavericks 93
At Dallas, Ty Lawson scored 20 of his 27 points in the first half and the Denver Nuggets faced little resistance on their way to a victory over the Mavericks.
The reigning champions were drubbed for a second straight game, routinely giving up easy baskets in both. They allowed Denver to score 20 unanswered points in the second quarter and were down by 33 late in the third.
Denver, playing its opener, scored on 19 of 25 second-quarter possessions. The Nuggets made only 12 baskets in the second half, yet still cruised to victory.
Hornets 85, Suns 84
At Phoenix, Eric Gordon made a 20-footer from the top of the key with 4.2 seconds to play in his New Orleans debut to give the Hornets a victory over the Suns.,
Gordon, who came to New Orleans in the trade that sent Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers, gave his team its only lead since the first two minutes of the second half.
Spurs 95, Grizzlies 82
At San Antonio, Manu Ginobili scored 24 points and the Spurs got some payback after their stunning playoff collapse last season, beating the Grizzlies.
San Antonio began what could be Tim Duncan's final season with a satisfying win after Memphis upset the 61-win Spurs in the first round last season. Tony Parker added 15 points and seven assists.