Cavs clip Clippers for first win

Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2002

LOS ANGELES - For one night, Darius Miles made it look as though the Cleveland Cavaliers got the best end of the deal when the Los Angeles Clippers dealt him for Andre Miller.

An NBA doormat in recent seasons, the Cavaliers spoiled the Clippers' season opener with a 98-96 victory Wednesday night.

"It felt good out there, real good," Miles said after scoring 15 points and grabbing five rebounds in the win over his former teammates.

Ricky Davis led the Cavaliers, who were coming off a 27-point loss at Sacramento in their opener a night earlier, with 25 points. Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 19 points, including the deciding 10-foot jumper with 2.8 seconds remaining, and Tyrone Hill added 17 points and 13 rebounds.

Juneau-Douglas High School alumnus Carlos Boozer scored two points and had one offensive rebound in three minutes of play.

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Cleveland coach John Lucas wasn't on hand because he was serving the second game of a two-game suspension, but assistant Jerry Eaves certainly liked what he saw.

"This was a good confidence builder for the whole group," Eaves said. "This is all about improvement."

Trail Blazers 102, Lakers 90

Rasheed Wallace scored 28 points to lead Portland to a season-opening home victory over the shorthanded Los Angeles Lakers.

Already playing without Shaquille O'Neal and Rick Fox, the Lakers were further hobbled when they lost Kobe Bryant for several minutes in the first half after a hard fall. He returned and led the Lakers with 25 points and 10 rebounds.

The Trail Blazers handed Los Angeles its second straight loss. It's the first time since 1990 the Lakers have opened a season with two losses.

Bryant returned before the half, but at times had a noticeable limp and wore a wrap under his right knee. The Trail Blazers padded their lead by as many as 22 points, and went into halftime with a 60-40 advantage.

Bulls 99, Celtics 96

At Boston, Trenton Hassell scored eight points in the final 3 minutes, including a pair of 3-pointers. Hassell scored 14 and Jalen Rose had 21 points and 12 assists for the Bulls, who won despite poor free-throw shooting from rookie Jay Williams down the stretch.

Raptors 74, Wizards 68

At Toronto, Morris Peterson scored 20 points, and Michael Jordan went scoreless in the second half and even missed a dunk.

Jordan scored just eight points in 25 minutes off the bench. After missing two free throws with 4:06 left, he missed a breakaway dunk as the ball clanged off the back rim. The crowd laughed at Jordan, who turns 40 in February, and the Wizards, down by 12, never recovered.

76ers 95, Bucks 93

At Philadelphia, Allen Iverson had 28 points, including a go-ahead jumper in the final minute.

Aaron McKie had 18 points, Keith Van Horn added 16 and Todd MacCulloch had 10 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. Ray Allen scored 28 points for Milwaukee, but missed a long jumper and turned the ball over in the final minute.

Nets 105, Hawks 94

At East Rutherford, N.J., Jason Kidd had 16 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds, taking over in the closing minutes after the Hawks cut a 17-point lead to 96-92.

It was a hectic end to a season opener that saw the Nets raise conference and Atlantic Division championship banners - their first since joining the NBA in 1976.

Magic 100, Heat 86

At Miami, Orlando improved to 2-0 for the first time since 1993, taking advantage of Miami's sputtering offense and defensive breakdowns to spoil the Heat's season opener.

Tracy McGrady scored 24 points and Grant Hill added 17 for the Magic, who shot 55 percent - including 8-for-12 from 3-point range.

Pistons 86, Knicks 77

At Auburn Hills, Mich., Richard Hamilton scored 22 points in his Pistons debut and Detroit's depth wore down injury-depleted New York.

Allan Houston scored 31 and helped New York lead by as many as 12 in the first half, but Detroit scored 15 straight points midway through the fourth - capped by three straight 3-pointers by Chucky Atkins.

Mavericks 119, Grizzlies 108

At Memphis, Tenn., Steve Nash scored 24 points, Michael Finley added 21 and Dirk Nowitzki had 20 points and 11 rebounds.

Gordon Giricek finished with 29 points for Memphis. Pau Gasol had 27 points and 10 rebounds despite playing with his left hand heavily wrapped to protect a sprained wrist.

Timberwolves 83, Nuggets 77

At Minneapolis, newcomer Troy Hudson scored 23 points and Kevin Garnett added 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who held off a rally. The loss spoiled the debut of Nuggets coach Jeff Bzdelik.

Hornets 100, Jazz 75

At New Orleans, Baron Davis had 21 points and 10 assists in front of a standing-room only crowd of 17,668 as the Hornets played their first game in their new home.

Jamal Mashburn added 16 points and nine rebounds, Courtney Alexander scored 19 off the bench and David Wesley added 15.

Warriors 106, Spurs 98

At Oakland, Calif., Antawn Jamison scored 36 points on 14-of-25 shooting and Jason Richardson added 22 in Eric Musselman's head coaching debut.

Richardson also had eight rebounds and eight assists. Tim Duncan had 24 points and nine rebounds for San Antonio, which looked sluggish after beating the Lakers on Tuesday.

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