Spencer Hawes scored 24 points and hit the winning basket late in the fourth quarter to lead the 76ers past the Miami Heat, 114-110, on Wednesday night in Philadelphia.
The Sixers were strong from the opening tip as they made their first 11 shots and raced to a stunning 26-4 lead. The Heat, though, erased the deficit in the third quarter and appeared to take control behind LeBron James.
Hawes hit a 3-pointer, then a driving layup for a 109-108 lead with 2:01 left.
James blew two straight chances to put Miami up, losing the ball on a drive down the middle, then missed a 6-footer on the next possession.
Shane Battier missed his seventh straight 3-point attempt and the Sixers put the game away from the free-throw line.
Michael Carter-Williams had 22 points, 12 assists, and set an NBA first-game record with nine steals for the Sixers. Evan Turner scored 26.
James had 25 points and 13 assists and Chris Bosh scored 22 for Miami.
Miami guard Dwyane Wade sat out to rest his sore knees. Coach Erik Spoelstra said he wanted to give Wade an extra day to recover with the Heat playing on consecutive nights.
Cavaliers 98, Nets 94 — Anderson Varejao’s basket with 28 seconds left — off an assist from Kyrie Irving — sent Cleveland to a win over remodeled Brooklyn in coach Mike Brown’s first game back with the Cavaliers.
Varejao’s jumper gave the Cavaliers a 93-91 lead and Irving, who finished with 15 points, 9 assists, and 7 rebounds, made four free throws in the final 14 seconds to help Cleveland put it away.
Brook Lopez scored 21 and Paul Pierce scored 17 in his first game for the Nets. Kevin Garnett, another of Brooklyn’s new pieces, had 10 rebounds.
Thunder 101, Jazz 98 — Kevin Durant scored 22 of his 42 points from the free throw line, including a pair with 6.4 seconds remaining, to lift Oklahoma City over Utah in Salt Lake City.
Former Boston College star Reggie Jackson scored 14 points and had two clutch free throws of his own with 10.5 seconds to play.
Gordon Hayward had a chance to tie the game for the Jazz but missed a long 3-pointer just before the buzzer.
Spurs 101, Grizzlies 94 — Kawhi Leonard had 14 points, Tony Parker added 13 points and nine assists, and host San Antonio got off to a strong start five months after last season’s disappointing loss in the NBA Finals.
The Spurs set a franchise record while outscoring Memphis, 30-7, in the second quarter.
Boris Diaw had 14 points and Manu Ginobili and Patty Mills each had 12 points. Tiago Splitter added 11 points and eight rebounds for San Antonio.
Mavericks 118, Hawks 109 — Monta Ellis started his Dallas career with 32 points, Dirk Nowitzki scored 24, and the Mavericks spoiled Mike Budenholzer’s coaching debut with visiting Atlanta.
The Mavericks hit seven 3-pointers to pull away in the fourth quarter, including two in a row from Nowitzki followed by one from Ellis.
Pacers 95, Pelicans 90 — Paul George scored 32, George Hill capped a 19-point performance with a pivotal 3-pointer in the final minute, and visiting Indiana erased a 16-point deficit in rallying past New Orleans.
Knicks 90, Bucks 83 — Carmelo Anthony had 19 points and 10 rebounds, making a pair of baskets in a finishing run after host New York had blown a 25-point lead but still beat Milwaukee in the season opener for both teams.
Rockets 96, Bobcats 83 — In his debut with Houston, Dwight Howard had 17 points and a career-high-tying 26 rebounds, helping his team cruise past visiting Charlotte. James Harden added 21 points.
Pistons 113, Wizards 102 — Greg Monroe had 24 points and 16 rebounds, and new-look Detroit won its season opener in convincing fashion over visiting Washington.
Timberwolves 120, Magic 115 — Kevin Love had 31 points and 17 rebounds and hit the tying 3-pointer with 10.2 seconds left to force overtime in host Minnesota’s victory over Orlando.