In Oakland, Stephen Curry accepted his championship ring. He spoke to the Golden State Warriors‘ crowd. Then he ripped apart the New Orleans Pelicans for 40 points as the Golden State Warriors rolled on opening night, 111-95.
Curry became the first reigning MVP in NBA history to score 40 or more points in the season opener.
The Detroit Pistons dominated the Atlanta Hawks in every facet of their opener on the road, winning 106-94. They did it with great three-point shooting — they were 12-of-29 from deep — and a dominant big man — Andre Drummond had 18 points and 19 rebounds.
Finally, in Chicago, with President Obama courtside, the Bulls sent a message to LeBron James and the Cavaliers that it’s not going to be a cake-walk for Cleveland … unless Derrick Rose and or some other key Bulls player succumbs to another injury. oh yeah, the score. It was Chicago over Cleveland 97-95.
That victory came courtesy of Paul Gasol‘s rejection of what would’ve been a game tying shot by James with 10 seconds to play. Here’s how it happened:
Tristan Thompson set a screen on Jimmy Butler, giving James room to drive to the hoop. But Pau Gasol was waiting for him. Gasol blocked the James runner out of bounds with 3.6 seconds left and Jimmy Butler knocked out the ensuing in-bounds pass.
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