Westbrook’s 38 not enough for Thunder
(AP) — Russell Westbrook was the NBA’s top scorer last night, finishing with 38 points. It wasn’t enough to prevent the Oklahoma Thunder from dropping their NBA season opener.
LaMarcus Aldridge dropped in 27 points and Wesley Matthews added 22 on 8 of 12 shooting as the Trail Blazers whipped the Thunder 106-89 in Portland. Matthews hit five of his nine 3-point attempts, while the Thunder combined to shoot 2-for-16 from beyond the arc.
Nicolas Batum had 16 points, six assists and five rebounds for Portland.
Westbrook was the lone Oklahoma City player to score more than 14 as the team tries to overcome the absence of Kevin Durant. Westbrook went 15 of 16 from the line and had a team-high six assists.
Also in the NBA:
— Chris Bosh had 26 points and 15 rebounds as the Miami Heat opened the post-LeBron James era with a 107-95 triumph over the visiting Wizards on Wednesday. Norris Cole scored a career-high 23 points in the victory. Dwyane Wade added 21 points for Miami, 12 down the stretch after he briefly departed with a leg injury. Miami newcomer Luol Deng added 12 points.
— Steve Kerr won his NBA coaching debut as Stephen Curry contributed 24 points and 10 rebounds to Golden State’s 95-77 victory at Sacramento. Klay Thompson finished with 19 points and Marreese Speights added 16 points to help the Warriors win without the injured David Lee and Brandon Rush.
— Houston is 2-0 after Dwight Howard scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a 104-93 victory at Utah, spoiling Quin Snyder’s NBA coaching debut. James Harden added 18 points and 10 assists, and Trevor Ariza had 20 points for the Rockets.
— Isaiah Thomas scored 23 points in his Phoenix debut and Marcus Morris matched his career high with five 3-pointers to lead the Suns’ 119-99 dismantling of the Los Angeles Lakers. The Suns led by as many as 29, one night after the Lakers trailed by 27 midway through the fourth quarter of their season-opening loss to Houston.
— Pau Gasol had 21 points and 11 rebounds in his Chicago debut, and Taj Gibson delivered 22 points in the Bulls’ 104-80 laugher against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Derrick Rose scored 13 points and had five assists in 21 minutes after missing most of the last two seasons.
— Roy Hibbert had 22 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks as Indiana downed Philadelphia 103-91. Hibbert scored the first four points in a 16-6 third-quarter run that gave Indiana a 78-67 lead.
— The Toronto Raptors opened their Atlanta Division title defense with a 109-102 victory over Atlanta as DeMar DeRozan had 15 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. Kyle Lowry added 11 points and 10 assists to the victory.
— Memphis had dropped 13 straight season openers before Marc Gasol poured in a career-high 32 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the Grizzlies’ 105-101 triumph against Minnesota. Zach Randolph added 25 points and 13 rebounds, while Mike Conley chipped in 16 points for the winners.
— Kenneth Faried scored 22 points and had 17 rebounds as Denver downed Detroit 89-79 in the season opener for both teams. Aaron Afflalo chipped in 15 points to help the Nuggets ruin Stan Van Gundy’s first game as the Pistons’ coach.
— Charlotte beat Milwaukee 108-106 on Kemba Walker’s 21-footer from the top of the key with five seconds left in overtime. Walker finished with 26 points, including a tying 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds left in regulation as the Hornets erased a 24-point third-quarter deficit.
— Boston was a 121-105 winner against Brooklyn behind Rajon Rondo’s 13 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds. Kelly Olynyk had 19 points and Jeff Green added 17 for the Celtics, who carried a 29-point lead into the final period.