- Knicks 120, Heat 115: For one night at least, the memories of the plodding, disorganized and selfish Knicks teams under Isiah Thomas were a distant memory. Mike D'Antoni's Knicks ran the Heat out of the building in the ex-Suns coach's first game as the New York head man. This game is going to be a good indicator of what can be expected of the Knicks this season. It had an up-tempo pace, little or no defense and a 40-point opponents' fourth quarter that made it a lot closer than it needed to be. But the D'Antoni Knicks are 1-0, so that's enough with the negatives. Jamal Crawford led the way with 29 points, and Zach Randolph, who could be a force now that Thomas is gone, had 20 points and nine rebounds.
- Nets 95, Wizards 85: Vince Carter played like the captain he was named before the game, scoring 21 points and leading the Nets to a win over a Wizards team playing without Gilbert Arenas. The most encouraging sign in this was had to be Yi Jianlian's 17 points. Part of the haul gotten in exchange for Richard Jefferson, Yi was mostly a disappointment in his first season with Milwaukee last season. If he can impress like this, maybe the Nets won't be as bad as anyone expects.
- Mapleleafs 6, Devils 5 (shootout): Even though Martin Brodeur stopped 48 shots on goal, the Devils fell to the Maple Leafs in an shootout. The Devils blew leads of 2-0 and 4-3 and had to rally to send the game into overtime. Finally, Niklas Hagman's shot in the fourth round of the shootout got past Brodeur. This is the Devils' third straight loss.
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