CHICAGO (AP) — Derrick Rose scored 13 points and had seven assists to lead the balanced Chicago Bulls to a 92-85 season-opening victory over the San Antonio Spurs.
Rose, who missed most of the preseason with an injured ankle, waved and blew a kiss toward the crowd before the opening tip. He then showed some of the explosiveness that carried him to the Rookie of the Year award last season. He had no trouble penetrating and delivered some dizzying spin moves that drew roars from the crowd, showing no signs of the right ankle pain that had bothered him the past few weeks.
He had plenty of help, and Chicago pulled away in the second half despite Tim Duncan's 28 points and 16 rebounds for the Spurs.
Nuggets 97, Portland 94.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Carmelo Anthony scored 19 of his 41 points in the fourth quarter and the Denver Nuggets were helped by Portland's trouble at the free-throw line for a 97-94 victory.
Greg Oden missed a pair of free throws with 4.6 seconds left, squandering a chance for Portland to go ahead. After Oden's misses, Anthony made a pair and Brandon Roy missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the final margin.
Roy finished with 30 points for the Blazers.
The game was slowed considerably by fouls. Combined, the teams attempted 90 free throws.
Both teams had 54 wins last season, but the Nuggets edged the Blazers out of the Northwest Division title.
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