The Oklahoma City Stolen Team started its new season with a home loss to the Bucks, 98-87. Kevin Durant was 0-for-3 from long range in the game, but finished with 12 points and three boards in 33 minutes.
In his Indiana debut, T.J. Ford struggled a bit with foul trouble, limiting him to 30 minutes on the night. Ford still finished with ten points on 50% shooting, however, and added 5 assists in a 100-94 road loss to Pistons.
Maurice Evans led the Atlanta Hawks with 42 minutes, but finished with only eight points and eight rebounds in a 99-85 victory over the Orlando Magic. Despite eating up a lot of minutes for the Hawks, Mo had a bit of a shaky night, shooting 27% from the field and turning the ball over four times.
The L.A. Lakers absolutely destroyed the Clippers, giving Chris Mihm ample time to dominate his crosstown rivals in the fourth quarter. With the game out of reach, Mihm quickly piled up ten points and two rebounds in only nine minutes of action.
Royal Ivey was the only active 76er who didn’t see action in a 95-84 home loss to the Raptors.
Texas backcourt stars D.J. Augustin and Daniel Gibson are opponents when Charlotte travels to Cleveland to take on the Cavs. It’s both the season opener for the Bobcats and the NBA debut for rookie Augustin, who will be backing up point guard Raymond Felton. (6 PM CDT, Sport South/FSN Ohio)