NBA: Tony Parker had 23 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer, Manu Ginobili added 20 points and the San Antonio Spurs capped an emotional NBA championship commemoration with a thrilling 101-100 victory over the visiting Dallas Mavericks in their season opener Tuesday night.
Tim Duncan had 14 points and 13 rebounds for his 14th double-double in a season opener, the most by any player in NBA history, according to Elias Sports.
Monta Ellis scored 26 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 18 points and Devin Harris had 17 points for Dallas.
Following a video recap of the 2014 season narrated by actor and Spurs fan Samuel L. Jackson, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver presented San Antonio’s staff and players with their championship rings.
After Nowitzki gave Dallas a 100-98 lead with a fade-away jumper over Boris Diaw with 1:37 remaining, Parker drained a 3-pointer in front of the Mavericks’ bench off a feed from Diaw for a 101-100 lead. Parker was 4 for 4 on 3-pointers, matching a career high for 3s in a game.
Chandler Parsons, who left the Houston Rockets to sign with the Mavericks, missed a 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds remaining that would have won the game.
• Davis carries Pelicans: Anthony Davis had 26 points, 17 rebounds and nine blocks, and host New Orleans opened the regular season with a 101-84 victory over Orlando.
Ryan Anderson, coming back from surgery on a herniated disk that cost him more than half of last season, scored 22 points. The Pelicans’ new 7-foot center, Omer Asik, had a double-double with 14 points and 17 rebounds.
• Rockets top Lakers: James Harden poured in 32 points, Dwight Howard and Terrence Jones both picked up double-doubles, and visiting Houston rolled past the Los Angeles Lakers 108-90.
Kobe Bryant scored 19 points to lead the Lakers, who lost rookie forward Julius Randle to a leg injury in the fourth quarter. TNT reported that Randle had a broken leg.
• Hornets lock up Walker: A person familiar with the deal says the Charlotte Hornets have agreed to a four-year, $48 million contract extension with point guard Kemba Walker.
In three seasons Walker has started 180 games and averaged 16 points, 5.5 assists and 1.4 steals per game for Charlotte.
• Lee to miss opener: Power forward David Lee is expected to sit out Golden State’s season opener at Sacramento today with a strained left hamstring.
Johnson fuels Lightning rout
NHL: Nikita Kucherov had his first career NHL hat trick and host Tampa Bay beat Arizona 7-3.
Former Spokane Chief Tyler Johnson dished out four assists for the Lightning.
• Leafs blank Sabres: Toronto tied a franchise record for fewest shots allowed in a game, and scored three times in the third period of a 4-0 victory over visiting Buffalo.
Jonathan Bernier made just 10 saves in his eighth career NHL shutout.
• Ladd sparks Jets: Andrew Ladd scored his second goal of the night 3:31 into the third period, and Winnipeg Jets rallied to beat the host New York Islanders 4-3 in a back-and-forth encounter.
• Penguins pummel Devils: Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby scored two of four second-period goals and the Pittsburgh Penguins netted seven straight in an 8-3 rout of the New Jersey Devils.
Trailing 3-1, the Penguins rallied behind Malkin. He extended his point streak to eight games with a power-play goal, his fourth of the year. Crosby scored his sixth and seventh goals, Patric Hornqvist netted his fifth and Pascal Dupuis scored in his third straight game, also on the power play.
• Flyers knock off Kings: Brayden Schenn scored 2:36 into overtime, and Philadelphia snapped Los Angeles’ six-game win streak with a 3-2 home victory.
Former Flyers captain Mike Richards scored the tying goal in the third period. Tyler Toffoli also scored for the Kings.
• Wild come back: Marco Scandella scored with 5:53 remaining as visiting Minnesota rallied for three goals in the third period to beat Boston 4-3.
The Wild trailed 3-1 entering the third, then came out firing on Boston goalie Tuukka Rask in the third. Zach Parise scored for Minnesota with 15:39 remaining and Justin Fontaine tied it just 2:13 later.
• Sharks stop Avs: Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski scored in the shootout to help San Jose beat host Colorado 3-2.
Antti Niemi stopped 31 shots and both Avalanche players in the shootout to give the Sharks the win.
• Tarasenko lifts Blues: Vladimir Tarasenko scored 1:28 into overtime to complete a hat trick and St. Louis defeated Dallas 4-3.
Three times the Stars took one-goal leads in regulation play, and three times the Blues tied the score. The first two tying goals came within 37 seconds of Dallas scores.
• Canadiens drop Flames: P.A. Parenteau scored the deciding shootout goal to lead Montreal to a road 2-1 win over Calgary.
Tom Gilbert scored in the second period for the Canadiens, who had lost their previous seven games in Calgary. Montreal also bounced back from a 3-0 loss at Edmonton on Monday night.
• Ducks shut out ‘Hawks: John Gibson made 37 saves and Devante Smith-Pelly scored on a short-handed breakaway, leading surging Anaheim to a 1-0 road victory over Chicago.
Smith-Pelly’s goal came with 8:28 left in regulation, and with 2 seconds remaining on Chicago’s power play.
Gibson got his first shutout of the season as Anaheim won for the eighth time in nine games.
• Canucks beat ’Canes: Brad Richardson netted a pair of goals as host Vancouver put away Carolina 4-1.
Jiri Tlusty scored for the Hurricanes, who remained winless on the season.
• Sens topple Jackets: Clarke MacArthur had two goals and an assist, and Ottawa beat host Columbus 5-2.
Erik Karlsson added a goal and assist for the Senators.
• Bobrovsky hurt: The Blue Jackets will be without goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky for one or two weeks with a broken finger.
Bobrovsky suffered a fractured finger when he was struck by a puck in practice on Monday. He is 4-4-0 with a 2.81 goals-against average and .908 save percentage in eight games this season.
Djokovic defeats Kohlschreiber
Tennis: In his first match since the birth of his child, defending champion Novak Djokovic stayed on course to finish the season as No. 1 by defeating Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-4 in the second round of the Paris Masters.
Fernando Verdasco of Spain and Kevin Anderson of South Africa also reached the third round.
Meanwhile, Tommy Robredo of Spain, Belgium’s David Goffin and Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay won their first-round matches along with Frenchmen Gael Monfils, Jeremy Chardy and Lucas Pouille.
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