December 25, 2011
The NBA tipped off the 2011-2012 season today with the clash between the Celtics and the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
Outplayed throughout the first half, the Celtics came back and led by as many as 10 in the fourth quarter but lost, 106-104.
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Knicks star Carmelo Anthony had key buckets down the stretch and finished with 37 points.
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In Dallas, the Mavericks' championship banner was raised before the game against the Miami Heat.
The Heat dominated the Mavs, leading by as many as 35 points en route to a 105-94 win.
LeBron James, notoriously ineffective in crucial moments of the NBA Finals, had 37 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists today.
Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers faced the Chicago Bulls.
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Derrick Rose, last year's MVP, drained a short jumper with under five seconds to play that eventually gave the Bulls an 88-87 victory.
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Dwight Howard drove past Kendrick Perkins as the Oklahoma City Thunder hosted the Orlando Magic.
Kevin Durant dropped 30 points to lead theThunder past the Magic, 97-89.
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Chris Paul netted 20 points and had nine assits in his debut with the Los Angeles Clippers against the Golden State Warriors.
Blake Griffin shot over the Warriors' David Lee as the renewed Clippers came away with the win, 105-86.