CLEVELAND — J.R. Smith made three 3-pointers in the final 3 1/2 minutes and the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled out a 105-99 victory over the Orlando Magic on Saturday after squandering the bulk of an 18-point lead entering the fourth quarter.
LeBron James had 23 points, nine assists and six rebounds, Kyrie Irving scored 20 points and Smith shook off another slow start to score 16 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter. Kevin Love fouled out in the final minute with 19 points and five rebounds for Cleveland (3-0).
Evan Fournier scored 22 points and Serge Ibaka had 19 points and seven rebounds for Orlando, which has lost 15 straight to the Cavaliers.
Trail Blazers 115, Nuggets 113 (OT)
DENVER — Damian Lillard hit a floating 7-footer with 0.3 seconds left in overtime and Portland rallied from a nine-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat Denver.
Lillard finished with 37 points and C.J. McCollum had 23 and 10 rebounds for the Trail Blazers.
Nikola Jokic had 23 points and a career-high 17 rebounds and Emmanuel Mudiay had 21 points for the Nuggets, who lost their home opener for the third straight season.
Bucks 110, Nets 108
MILWAUKEE — John Henson tipped in a Jabari Parker miss as time expired, giving Milwaukee a victory over Brooklyn.
The Bucks led by seven with 3:18 remaining after Rashad Vaughn hit the third of his three 3-pointers in the final quarter, but the Nets rallied late with a 7-0 run to tie the game at 108 on Bojan Bogdanovic’s 3-pointer with 11.6 seconds left.
Vaughn recorded six 3-pointers and led Milwaukee with a career-high 22 points. Bogdanovic finished with 26 points to pace the Nets.
Spurs 98, Pelicans 79
SAN ANTONIO — San Antonio never trailed after the first quarter and blew the game open with a 17-4 run late in the third quarter to cruise past New Orleans.
Kawhi Leonard didn’t score a field goal until a dunk with 2:22 to go in the first half, but put in 16 of his team-high 20 points in the second half. He was 6-for-6 from the free-throw line to remain perfect at 28-for-28. The Spurs held the Pelicans’ Anthony Davis, who scored 95 points in his first two games, to 18.
Knicks 111, Grizzlies 104
NEW YORK — Kristaps Porzingis led five players in double figures with 21 points to help New York defeat Memphis in its home opener.
Carmelo Anthony added 20 points and five assists. The veteran forward was 9 of 12 from the line.
Marc Gasol paced Memphis with 20 points and James Ennis added 16.
Bulls 118, Pacers 101
CHICAGO — Doug McDermott scored 23 points off the bench and was one of six Chicago players to reach double figures in the victory over Indiana.
McDermott was 9 of 14 from the field and 5 of 6 from 3-point range to pace the Bulls. Jimmy Butler had 16 points for Chicago to go along with 14 by Dwyane Wade and 12 each by Robin Lopez and Taj Gibson.
Paul George and Myles Turner each had 20 points for the Pacers, who also got 11 points apiece from Joe Young and Glenn Robinson III.
Celtics 104, Hornets 98
CHARLOTTE — Avery Bradley scored 31 points as Boston pulled away down the stretch to defeat Charlotte.
Isaiah Thomas added 24 points for the Celtics, and Al Horford was the only other Boston player in double figures with 14 points.
Kemba Walker led the Hornets with 29 points. Nicolas Batum scored 12 and Frank Kaminsky scored 11 in his first game of the season. Charlotte shot only 40.5 percent from the field, although it outscored the Celtics 25-11 at the free-throw line.
Kings 106, Timberwolves 103
SACRAMENTO — DeMarcus Cousins finished with 29 points and Rudy Gay scored 28, including 10 apiece during a 24-1 third-quarter run, as Sacramento won its first game at its Golden 1 Center,
Ben McLemore added 13 points, including two key 3-pointers in the fourth quarter for the Kings. Matt Barnes added 12 points and nine assists in 27 minutes.
Andrew Wiggins finished with 29 points to lead the Timberwolves. Guard Zach LaVine added 21 for Minnesota.
Hawks 104, 76ers 72
PHILADELPHIA — Paul Millsap scored 17 points, Kyle Korver added 15 and Atlanta had little trouble dismantling Philadelphia.
Mike Muscala contributed 14 points, while Dennis Schroder scored 11 points and dished out 11 assists. Reserve Thabo Sefolosha also had 11 points for the Hawks.
Prized rookie Joel Embiid and Sergio Rodriguez each scored 14 points for the 76ers, who fell to 0-2. Philadelphia dropped its first 18 games and 30 of its first 31 last season en route to a 10-72 debacle.