Nov 4, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (left) and Philadelphia 76ers forward Lavoy Allen (50) battle for positioning during a free throw attempt during the second half at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks won the game 100-84.
Battle for position
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (left) and Philadelphia 76ers forward Lavoy Allen jostle during a free-throw attempt Sunday at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks won the game 100-84 behind Anthony's 27 points.
Minnesota Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic defends against Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas at the Air Canada Centre on Sunday. The Raptors beat the Timberwolves 105-86.
Get away from me!
Atlanta Hawks guard DeShawn Stevenson protects the ball from Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Hawks won the game, 104-95.
San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker, center, of France, loses control of the ball as he is defended by Utah Jazz' Paul Millsap (24), Mo Williams (5) and Al Jefferson (25) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Chicago Bulls guard Richard Hamilton (32) and New Orleans Hornets guard Austin Rivers (25) battle for a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Milwaukee Bucks' Larry Sanders blocks Cleveland Cavaliers' Alonzo Gee's shot during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday Nov. 3, 2012 in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)
Brooklyn Nets' Deron Williams (8) passes away from Toronto Raptors' Kyle Lowry (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden, center, is fouled by Portland Trail Blazers' Nolan Smith, right, as Wesley Matthews, left, reaches in in the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in Houston. Portland won in overtime 95-85. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
Indiana Pacers' George Hill slides across the floor after losing his footing while bringing the ball up during an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Indianapolis on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012. The Pacers defeated the Kings 106-98 in double overtime. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)
Miami Heat guard Ray Allen reacts after he scored in the final seconds of the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 in Miami. Allen had a four-point play with 6.7 seconds left that put Miami ahead for good, Chris Bosh scored 40 points and the Heat held off the Denver Nuggets 119-116. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Jay-Z and Beyonce, right, watch the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Toronto Raptors, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Kobe Bryant nets 30 points, but the Lakers can't find a way to notch their first win, falling to the Blazers 116-106 on Wednesday.
Blake Griffin tussles with Grizzlies guard Quincy Pondexter for a rebound during the Clippers' 101-92 win over the Memphis.
Tim Duncan finishes with 24 points, 11 rebounds and three assists as the Spurs kick off the season by beating the Hornets 99-95.
Nuggets of information
Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried dunks home two of his six points in the Nuggets' 84-75 loss to the 76ers.
Brandon Knight slashes through the Rockets defense for two of his 15 points in the Pistons' 105-96 loss to the Rockets.
George Hill knocks down a floater that turns out to be the winner in the Pacers' 90-88 victory over the Raptors.
Don't lose your cool
Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich knocks the ball away from Kings center DeMarcus Cousins during Chicago's 93-87 win.
Marvin Williams cruises to the basket as Brandan Wright attempts to defend during the Jazz's 113-94 victory.
Put a ring on it
Miami Heat stars Dwyane Wade (left), Chris Bosh (center) and LeBron James (right) pose after receiving their NBA championship rings before Tuesday's season opener against the Boston Celtics at American Airlines Arena.
Wonder what the Miami Heat's championship rings look like? Now you know.
Can't touch this
LeBron James keeps the ball away from Boston's Paul Pierce. James had 26 points and 10 rebounds in the Heat's 120-107 win but missed most of the fourth quarter with cramps.
Rajon Rondo, driving around LeBron James, finished with 20 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds for Boston.
Ray Allen, who left the Celtics to sign with the Heat, scored 19 points against his former team in his Miami debut.
Laugh it off
Miami's Dwyane Wade reacts to a flagrant foul by Boston's Rajon Rondo with a smile.
No, you don't
Rashard Lewis (left) and Dwyane Wade (right) combine to block the shot of Celtics rookie Jared Sullinger.
Not a super start
Dwight Howard had 19 points and 10 rebounds in his Lakers debut but missed 11 of 14 free throws.
Steve Nash had a rough debut for the Lakers with just seven points and four assists in 34 minutes.
The Mavericks have even more new pieces than the Lakers. With Dirk Nowitzki sidelined by a knee injury, Shawn Marion (with ball) was the only returning starter to play Tuesday.
Take it strong
Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 22 points on 11-of-14 shooting, but he had just one rebound and no assists.
No sophomore slump
Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving, the 2012 Rookie of the Year, got his second season off to a good start. He scored 29 points as the Cavaliers beat the Washington Wizards, 94-84.