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 at Madison Square Garden.
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 league most valuable player took only seven shots and had five assists in 21 minutes in a game Chicago led by as much as 35.
Carmelo Anthony had 14 points for the Knicks, who shot 36.5% while running the triangle offense that Fisher played in under Knicks President Phil Jackson. New York was without starting point guard Jose Calderon, who was a late scratch because of a strained right calf.
at Miami 107, Washington 95: Chris Bosh had 26 points and 15 rebounds, Norris Cole scored a career-high 23 points, and the Heat opened the post-LeBron James era with a win.
at Boston 121, Brooklyn 105: Rajon Rondo had 13 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds for the Celtics, who led by 29 points after three quarters.
at Charlotte 108, Milwaukee 106 (OT): Kemba Walker made a 21-foot shot with five seconds left in overtime, providing a winning conclusion for fans celebrating the return of the Hornets name after a 12-year absence.
at Portland 106, Oklahoma City 89: LaMarcus Aldridge had 27 points and the Trail Blazers outscored the Thunder, 31-12, in the fourth quarter.
Houston 104, at Utah 93: Dwight Howard had 22 points and 10 rebounds and the Rockets put a damper on Quin Snyder’s NBA coaching debut.
at Memphis 105, Minnesota 101: Marc Gasol scored a career-high 32 points and the Grizzlies won a season opener for the first time since 2000.
at Indiana 103, Philadelphia 91: Roy Hibbert had 22 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks for the Pacers. The 76ers’ Nerlens Noel had six points and 10 rebounds in his first NBA game.
Golden State 95, at Sacramento 77: Stephen Curry had 24 points and 10 rebounds and the Warriors made Steve Kerr a winner in his first game as an NBA coach.
at Toronto 109, Atlanta 102: DeMar DeRozan had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Raptors.
at Denver 89, Detroit 79: Kenneth Faried scored 22 points and had 17 rebounds for the Nuggets, who beat the Pistons and new Coach Stan Van Gundy.