PORTLAND, Ore. -- LaMarcus Aldridge's first basket of this season was a bit of a surprise, even to him.
Aldridge hit a 3-pointer and Portland's All-Star forward went on to score 27 points in the Trail Blazers' 106-89 season-opening victory over the injury-depleted Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night.
Aldridge, who has been working on his long-range shot, said Russell Westbrook's defense on the play gave him no choice but to shoot.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The only thing Steve Kerr lost in his coaching debut was his voice.
Stephen Curry had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Klay Thompson scored 19 points and the undermanned Golden State Warriors made Kerr a winner in his first game, shaking off a slow start to roll past the Sacramento Kings 95-77 on Wednesday night in the regular-season opener for both teams.
"I always laughed at Doc (Rivers) and (Tom) Thibodeau. Now it all makes sense," Kerr joked, his raspy voice struggling to piece together words. "I got nothing left."
PHOENIX -- The shots were falling from all over the court for the Phoenix Suns in their home opener Wednesday night.
Kobe Bryant was a one-man show for the Los Angeles Lakers.
The result was a 119-99 Suns blowout.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Kobe Bryant might have called Dwight Howard "soft" but, just like the Lakers, the Utah Jazz had no one who could stop him.
Howard had 22 points and 10 rebounds and the Houston Rockets beat the Jazz 104-93 on Wednesday night to spoil Quin Snyder's NBA coaching debut.
Howard made six of his first seven shots, many on spin moves for dunks. He was feeling good and it showed.
DENVER -- With key players returning from injury and still rounding into form, the Denver Nuggets leaned on Kenneth Faried.
Faried had 22 points and 17 rebounds and the Nuggets opened the season with an 89-79 victory over Detroit, spoiling Stan Van Gundy's first game at the Pistons' coach on Wednesday night.
"He was huge for us right from the beginning of the game," Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said. "Aggressive, getting good position down low. Got their bigs in foul trouble. Once again it's a carryover from the way he played at the end of last season to the summer with the U.S. team, throughout training camp."
NEW YORK -- Phil Jackson summed up the New York Knicks' 24-point season-opening loss to the Chicago Bulls succinctly late Wednesday night.
"Not ready for showtime, were we guys?" the Knicks president said to reporters before getting into the passenger seat of his SUV.
Jackson's new-look Knicks struggled on both ends of the floor in their opener, hitting just 37 percent of their shots and allowing Chicago to score 42 points in the paint.
NEW YORK -- Derrick Rose spent way too much time sitting and watching the last two seasons.
Yet he wasn't bummed at all about playing just 7 minutes of the second half in his long-awaited return.
"It was real fun being on the bench," he said, "being able to laugh, talk basketball to your teammates whenever they come back to the sideline."
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Grizzlies are 1-0 for the first time in a long, long time. In fact, all the way back to the team's days in Vancouver.
Marc Gasol scored a career-high 32 points, and the Grizzlies beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 105-101 on Wednesday night for the franchise's first victory in a season opener since 2000, the year before the team moved to Memphis.
"We didn't talk about it as in like `We need this,' but moreso like `Man, can you believe we haven't won since they've been here?" said point guard Mike Conley, who scored 16 points. "It's an unbelievable thought."
MIAMI -- Chris Bosh had 26 points and 15 rebounds, Norris Cole scored a career-high 23 points after winning Miami's starting point-guard job, and the Heat opened the post-LeBron James era with a 107-95 win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.
Dwyane Wade added 21 points for Miami, 12 of those down the stretch after he briefly departed with a leg injury. Luol Deng, part of the class assembled this summer after James departed, scored 12.
Marcin Gortat and Drew Gooden led the Wizards with 18 points apiece. Paul Pierce added 17 in his Washington debut, and John Wall finished with 16 points and 11 assists.
TORONTO -- DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry both struggled with their shooting, but it didn't matter. Toronto's two top stars found other ways to contribute, and the rest of the roster added plenty of punch in the Raptors' season-opening victory.
DeRozan had 15 points and set career-highs with 11 rebounds and six steals, Lowry added 11 points and 10 assists, and the Raptors opened their defense of the Atlantic Division title with a 109-102 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.
DeRozan made four of his 16 field goal attempts, while Lowry was 3 of 11.