The NBA's Opening Day spectacular matched such high-profile teams, it was hard to pick winners. Indeed, only a savvy gambler would have tried to take a day of entertainment and turn it into a gold-digging expedition. It all followed on a preseason in which the Mavericks went drilling for oil with the Lamar Odom trade while the future of Chris Paul remained a cliffhanger. Also, ESPN's Brian Windhorst picked his nose.
Knicks 106, Celtics 104: Carmelo Anthony scored 17 points in the fourth quarter to lead New York past the Celtics in TNT's sole basketball broadcast of the day, one preceded by this bad-ass anachronistic "then & now" video. Afterward, Kevin Garnett started choking fools.
Bulls 88, Lakers 87: Derrick Rose hit the winning shot with 4.8 seconds left to seal any lingering buyer's remorse for the voters who named him MVP. He did so after taking an elbow to the skull.
Thunder 97, Magic 89: Dwight Howard showed how valuable he could be to any team willing to trade for him with a powerful performance. No, just kidding. He scored 11 on 4-11 shooting and played particularly terrible defense. Kevin Durant and James Harden combined for 49 Oklahoma City points in the game everybody skipped to eat dinner.