Bulls spoil Fisher's NBA coaching debut
NEW YORK — Pau Gasol had 21 points and 11 rebounds in his Chicago debut, Derrick Rose scored 13 points after missing most of the last two seasons, and the Bulls spoiled Derek Fisher’s first game as an NBA coach by beating the New York Knicks 104-80 on Wednesday night.
Reserve Taj Gibson finished with 22 points to lead the Bulls, who with a wealth of frontcourt depth didn’t even need a big night from Rose. The former MVP took only seven shots and had five assists in 21 minutes in a game Chicago led by as much as 35.
Rose missed the 2012-13 season after tearing his left ACL in the 2012 playoffs. He returned last season and hit the go-ahead shot to beat the Knicks on Halloween in Chicago’s home opener, but was lost again for the season when he tore cartilage in the other knee in November.
Carmelo Anthony had 14 points for the Knicks, who won’t have it any easier in the second half of their season-opening, back-to-back. They visit the Cavaliers, the other Eastern Conference favorite, tonight in the first game since LeBron James returned to Cleveland.
HEAT 107, WIZARDS 95: At Miami, Chris Bosh had 26 points and 15 rebounds, Norris Cole scored a career-high 23 points after winning Miami’s starting point-guard job, and the Heat beat Washington to open the post-LeBron James era.
Dwyane Wade added 21 points for Miami, 12 of those down the stretch after he briefly departed with a leg injury. Luol Deng scored 12 points.
NUGGETS 89, PISTONS 79: At Denver, Kenneth Faried scored 22 points and had 17 rebounds and Denver beat Detroit in Stan Van Gundy’s first game as the Pistons’ coach.
Aaron Afflalo had 15 points and Timofey Mozgov added 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Nuggets.
Josh Smith led Detroit with 25 points, while Medford’s Kyle Singler had eight points on 3-for-7 shooting.
SUNS 119, LAKERS 99: At Phoenix, Isaiah Thomas scored 23 points in his Phoenix debut, Marcus Morris matched his career high with five 3-pointers and the Suns dominated their season opener against Los Angeles despite Kobe Bryant’s 31 points.
Goran Dragic scored 12 of his 18 points in the third quarter, when the Suns outscored the Lakers 39-24. Phoenix’s Eric Bledsoe had 16 points and nine assists before he drew his second technical foul and was ejected with 30 seconds left in the third quarter.
WARRIORS 95, KINGS 77: At Sacramento, Calif., Stephen Curry had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Klay Thompson scored 19 points and undermanned Golden State made Steve Kerr a winner in his coaching debut.
Marreese Speights added 16 points to help the Warriors, while DeMarcus Cousins had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Sacramento.
ROCKETS 104, JAZZ 93: At Salt Lake City, Dwight Howard had 22 points and 10 rebounds and Houston beat Utah to spoil Quin Snyder’s NBA coaching debut.
James Harden added 18 points and 10 assists, and Trevor Ariza had 20 points for the Rockets.
CELTICS 121, NETS 105: At Boston, Rajon Rondo returned from a broken hand and had 13 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds in the season opener to help Boston beat Brooklyn.
Kelly Olynyk had 19 points and Jeff Green added 17 for Boston, while Mirza Teletovic had 20 points and six rebounds for the Nets.
HORNETS 108, BUCKS 106, OT: At Charlotte, N.C., Kemba Walker made a 21-footer from the top of the key with 5 seconds left in overtime to lift Charlotte past Milwaukee, providing a winning conclusion for fans celebrating the return of the Hornets name after a 12-year absence.
Walker finished with 26 points, including a tying 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds left in regulation as the Hornets erased a 24-point third-quarter deficit.
GRIZZLIES 105, TIMBERWOLVES 101: At Memphis, Tenn., Marc Gasol scored a career-high 32 points and Memphis beat Minnesota for the franchise’s first victory in a season opener since 2000.
Zach Randolph added 25 points and 13 rebounds for Memphis, while Thaddeus Young had 26 points in his first game with the Timberwolves.
PACERS 103, 76ERS 91: At Indianapolis, Roy Hibbert had 22 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks, leading short-handed Indiana past Philadelphia. Tony Wroten led the 76ers with 22 points and Nerlens Noel had six points and 10 rebounds in his NBA debut.
RAPTORS 109, HAWKS 102: At Toronto, DeMar DeRozan had 15 points and a career-high 11 rebounds, and Kyle Lowry added 11 points in Toronto’s victory over Atlanta.