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Russell Westbrook keeps calm and the Thunder carry on

Russell Westbrook shrugged off a rude welcome in Philly with a balanced effort as the Thunder began the post-Kevin Durant era with a 103-97 victory.

DeRozan goes off on Raptors' opening night (0:58)
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Amazing NBA opener performances abound

Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Allen Iverson and Hakeem Olajuwon were among the many players whose performances were matched or bettered.

Booker, Cousins get separated by an official (0:30)
DeRozan drives baseline and throws it down (0:21)
Harden looking forward to a fresh start (3:32)
Stephen A. isn't counting Warriors out yet, unlike Barkley (1:36)
Barkley claims Thompson is better than Durant and Curry (1:04)
Did the Cavs' victory over Knicks prove they're the best? (0:48)
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These Warriors have some imperfections

The Warriors looked all right when their "Big 4" was on the court, but the results were disastrous when any one of them was out of the game.


Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

John Lucas offering encouragement to James Harden, Nene and Eric Gordon after the Rockets loss.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Ryan Anderson said the Rockets lost too many one-on-one battles defensively. Tired legs will do that he said.

Kevin Pelton @kpelton

That Nick Young airball-Jordan Clarkson layup sequence was eerily reminiscent of the 2010 Lakers-Suns Western Conference finals.


Ingram - 19 yrs old - 9 Pts Russell - 20 yrs old - 19 Pts Randle - 21 yrs old - 16 Pts Clarkson - 24 yrs old - 20 Pts

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Haven't been in a fantasy league since about 1990 ... but what can you read that's more delicious than Opening Night box scores?

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Rockets 96, Lakers 90 after three quarters. James Harden has 28 points and 17 assists.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Zach Randolph put up 19 points and 11 rebounds off the Grizzlies bench before watching the final 4:52 of the win. "Hopefully there will be more games that I'm in in crunch time," said Randolph, who had nine points and four rebounds in the fourth quarter. "As long as we win, that's all that matters." As much as he wants to play with the game on the line, Randolph praised his replacement JaMychal Green for making critical plays in the final few minutes.


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