They got their rings before the game, then a challenge as it was winding down.
The Miami Heat responded to both.
Shane Battier went 4 for 4 from 3-point range, including a critical one from the right corner with 1:33 remaining, and the Heat wasted most of what was a 25-point lead before holding off Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls, 107-95, on Tuesday night in the season-opener for both teams in Miami.
LeBron James scored 17 points for Miami, which got its 2013 NBA championship rings in a pregame ceremony. The Heat trailed, 9-2, early, then outscored Chicago, 52-24, over the remainder of the first half.
Rose finished with 12 points in 34 minutes in his first game since a serious knee injury in April 2012. Carlos Boozer had 31 points and seven rebounds for Chicago, which got within 8 points in the final minutes.
But Battier’s right-corner 3 — a staple for the Heat — snuffed out the comeback, and Miami wasn’t in trouble again.
Chris Bosh scored 16 points, Battier finished with 14 and Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers each had 13 for Miami, which had seven players score in double figures.
Ray Allen and Norris Cole each scored 11 for Miami.
Rose shot 4 for 15 for the Bulls. By halftime, Miami was rolling, up 54-33 — putting the game on pace for a 108-66 final, which would have exactly matched the score of the game in 2006 when Chicago came into Miami and spoiled the Heat franchise’s first ring night.
Pacers 97, Magic 87 — Paul George scored 24 points, and Roy Hibbert added 16 rebounds and seven blocks, leading Indiana over Orlando in Indianapolis.
The two-man tandem looked every bit as dominant in the season opener as they did leading the Pacers (1-0) to the Eastern Conference finals last season.
George’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter gave Indiana a 69-64 lead and sparked the decisive 17-4 run to open the fourth.
Hibbert nearly matched his career-high for rebounds (17) in the first half. He had 8 points but left the game midway through the fourth quarter after injuring his knee in a spill underneath his own basket. Team officials said it was not serious and he could have returned.
But it was George’s 3 that provided the spark Indiana needed to seize control.
Victor Oladipo, the ex-Hoosiers star and No. 2 overall draft pick, had 12 points and three turnovers for the Magic (0-1).
Fans gave Oladipo a warm reception in his return to his adopted home state. More than 90 minutes before tipoff, one section near the court was almost full of fans decked out in Indiana University colors.
Lakers 116, Clippers 103 — Xavier Henry scored a game-high 22 points and Pau Gasol collected 15 points and 13 rebounds as the Lakers beat the Clippers at Staples Center, spoiling the debut of new Clippers coach Doc Rivers.
Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 19 points and DeAndre Jordan had 17 points and 11 rebounds.