NBA scores: First battle of L.A. goes to Clippers, Knicks shock Heat in home opener

Stephen Dunn

L.A.'s two teams finished Game 1 of their season series with a Clippers win, but there was plenty of other action around the league to take note of, as well.

Kobe Bryant had a game-high 40 points, but the Los Angeles Lakers fell to the Los Angeles Clippers, 105-95, despite his efforts. Chris Paul put together a stellar performance and had 18 points, 15 assists, six rebounds, and three steals on the night. The Lakers fell to 0-3 with the loss, while the Clippers moved to 2-0.

Elsewhere around the league, Michael Beasley and Marcin Gortat scored 16 points apiece to lead the Phoenix Suns past the Detroit Pistons, 92-89, getting their first win of the season at the U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix on Friday night.

The New York Knicks shocked the Miami Heat, 104-84, in their home opener at Madison Square Garden behind 30 points, 10 rebounds and two assists from Carmelo Anthony.

James Harden and Jeremy Lin led the Houston Rockets past the Atlanta Hawks on the road, 109-102. Harden was especially dominant, lighting up the Hawks for 45 points, a new career high for the Rockets' latest acquisition.

The Charlotte Bobcats were led by Kemba Walker's 30 points, five rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in a narrow 90-89 win over the Indiana Pacers.

The Hornets' Anthony Davis left the team's game against the Utah Jazz, and was diagnosed with a mild concussion. The Hornets managed to hold on for an 88-86 win.


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