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Magic gets run over by Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY — Two-time defending scoring champion Kevin Durant had 30 points Sunday to help the Thunder down the Magic on the league's opening day, 97-89.

Durant was 11-of-19 from the field and added five rebounds and six assists.

The Thunder, which lost to the Mavericks last season in the Western Conference final, held Orlando star Dwight Howard to 11 points on 4 of 11 shooting.

Ryan Anderson scored 25 and Jameer Nelson 18 for the Magic, which shot 37 percent from the field and had 18 turnovers.

"I didn't like the pace of our offense," coach Stan Van Gundy said. "I thought we were moving slowly. I thought the ball didn't move."

Heat 105, Mavericks 94: After ceremonies during which host Dallas raised its 2010-11 championship banner, LeBron James and Dwayne Wade led a series of scoring waves that put Miami ahead by 35 midway through the third. "We tried to play aggressive," said James, whose Heat lost to the Mavericks in the Finals. "We're a focused team." James had 37 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Wade had 26 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Dallas' Lamar Odom — last season's Sixth Man of the Year acquired from the Lakers a few weeks ago — was ejected midway through the third for arguing a charging call.

Knicks 106, Celtics 104: Carmelo Anthony scored 37 points, including a pair of free throws with the score tied and 16 seconds left, and host New York survived a seesaw opener that had several testy exchanges. "Most importantly for us …we showed something," Anthony said. "Even when we got down, there were no frowns. … We willed our way to this win." Rajon Rondo had 31 points and 13 assists for the Celtics, who were without injured Paul Pierce.

Stern: my bad: Commissioner David Stern, at the Mavs-Heat game, said he could have done a better job of explaining his reasons for his controversial blocking of a proposed trade of Chris Paul from the league-owned Hornets to the Lakers, only to later agree to a deal that sent Paul to the Clippers. Stern said he quashed the deal in his role as the owners' representative looking out for the Hornets' best interests, not as the commissioner looking out for the best interests of the league. "Our view was that the best thing was for New Orleans to be a young team," he said.

Thunder 97, Magic 89

ORLANDO (89): Turkoglu 3-10 0-0 8, Anderson 9-17 1-1 25, Howard 4-12 3-8 11, Nelson 7-13 4-4 18, J.Richardson 1-10 0-0 2, Davis 3-9 0-0 6, Redick 0-3 8-8 8, Duhon 0-2 0-0 0, Clark 1-3 0-0 2, Q.Richardson 0-0 0-0 0, Wafer 2-2 5-5 9. Totals 30-81 21-26 89.

OKLAHOMA CITY (97): Durant 11-19 6-11 30, Ibaka 0-1 0-0 0, Perkins 2-2 2-2 6, Westbrook 6-17 1-1 14, Sefolosha 3-5 0-0 8, Harden 4-11 10-12 19, Collison 2-3 0-0 4, Maynor 3-5 0-0 8, Mohammed 1-4 0-0 2, Cook 2-5 0-0 6. Totals 34-72 19-26 97.

Orlando 22 19 22 26— 89

Oklahoma City 27 28 26 16— 97

3-Point GoalsOrlando 8-28 (Anderson 6-12, Turkoglu 2-5, Duhon 0-1, Davis 0-1, Howard 0-1, Redick 0-2, Nelson 0-2, J.Richardson 0-4), Oklahoma City 10-19 (Sefolosha 2-2, Maynor 2-3, Cook 2-4, Durant 2-4, Westbrook 1-2, Harden 1-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOrlando 52 (Howard 15), Oklahoma City 49 (Mohammed, Westbrook 7). AssistsOrlando 18 (Nelson 6), Oklahoma City 21 (Westbrook, Durant 6). Total FoulsOrlando 25, Oklahoma City 22. TechnicalsOrlando defensive three second 2, Mohammed, Perkins, Oklahoma City defensive three second.

Heat 105, Mavericks 94

MIAMI (105): James 11-19 15-19 37, Bosh 2-9 0-0 4, Anthony 2-3 2-3 6, Chalmers 1-1 1-1 3, Wade 11-21 4-6 26, Cole 3-8 0-1 7, Haslem 3-6 3-5 9, Howard 2-3 0-0 4, Battier 0-1 0-0 0, J.Jones 3-6 0-1 9, Harris 0-0 0-0 0, Pittman 0-1 0-0 0, Gladness 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 38-78 25-36 105.

DALLAS (94): Marion 6-10 0-0 12, Nowitzki 6-15 9-10 21, Haywood 0-2 0-0 0, Kidd 2-5 3-3 9, Carter 2-6 0-2 5, Odom 1-6 1-3 4, Terry 9-18 1-2 23, Mahinmi 1-3 0-1 2, West 3-7 3-3 10, Cardinal 0-2 4-4 4, Wright 0-1 0-0 0, Beaubois 0-4 0-0 0, D.Jones 1-3 2-2 4. Totals 31-82 23-30 94.

Miami 32 30 35 8— 105

Dallas 17 24 24 29— 94

3-Point GoalsMiami 4-7 (J.Jones 3-5, Cole 1-1, Battier 0-1), Dallas 9-28 (Terry 4-10, Kidd 2-5, Odom 1-2, Carter 1-3, West 1-3, D.Jones 0-1, Beaubois 0-2, Cardinal 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMiami 65 (Haslem 14), Dallas 44 (Marion 6). AssistsMiami 18 (Wade, James 6), Dallas 23 (Kidd, Carter, Nowitzki, Marion, West, Beaubois, Terry 3). Total FoulsMiami 28, Dallas 29. TechnicalsMiami defensive three second, Odom 2, West, Dallas defensive three second 2. Flagrant Fouls—Haslem. Ejected— Odom.

Knicks 106, Celtics 104

BOSTON (104): Pavlovic 0-0 0-0 0, Garnett 6-13 3-6 15, O'Neal 2-5 2-3 6, Rondo 11-19 9-12 31, Allen 7-12 4-4 20, Daniels 2-8 0-0 4, Bass 9-13 2-2 20, Wilcox 2-3 0-0 4, Dooling 0-1 4-4 4, Bradley 0-2 0-0 0, Moore 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 39-76 24-31 104.

NEW YORK (106): Anthony 10-17 13-15 37, Stoudemire 8-11 3-4 21, Chandler 1-2 5-8 7, Douglas 8-19 1-2 19, Fields 3-7 0-0 7, Jeffries 1-3 0-0 2, Shumpert 3-13 5-5 11, Walker 0-1 0-0 0, Harrellson 0-0 0-0 0, Balkman 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 35-74 27-34 106.

Boston 23 29 35 17— 104

New York 34 28 17 27— 106

3-Point GoalsBoston 2-5 (Allen 2-3, Rondo 0-1, Daniels 0-1), New York 9-20 (Anthony 4-7, Stoudemire 2-2, Douglas 2-6, Fields 1-3, Walker 0-1, Shumpert 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBoston 50 (Bass 11), New York 40 (Anthony 8). AssistsBoston 28 (Rondo 13), New York 17 (Douglas 4). Total FoulsBoston 28, New York 25. TechnicalsAllen, O'Neal, Pavlovic, Chandler, Douglas, Stoudemire.

Magic gets run over by Thunder 12/25/11 [Last modified: Monday, December 26, 2011 12:17am]

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