Shooting guard James Harden took over as leader of the Houston Rockets in his first game with his new team, while rookies Anthony Davis and Damian Lillard showed their promise in their NBA debuts.
Harden, who was traded Saturday from the Oklahoma City Thunder after he and the team were unable to work out a contract extension, led the Rockets to a 105-96 road victory Wednesday night over the Detroit Pistons, scoring 37 points and dishing out 12 assists.
Lillard, meanwhile, got his professional career off to a scintillating start, recording 23 points, 11 assists and three rebounds in a 116-106 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, who remain winless after two games.
The star-studded Lakers, who dropped their opening game of the season to the Dallas Mavericks, also lost one of their two big offseason free-agent signings, point guard Steve Nash, to a lower left leg injury late in the first half of Wednesday night's game.
Nash told the media he is hopeful he can play on Friday night against the L.A. Clippers.
In New Orleans, veteran San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan spoiled the debut of the Hornets' Anthony Davis, the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, in a 99-95 road victory.
Duncan scored 24 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in 34 minutes, while Davis scored 21 and grabbed seven rebounds.
In other action Wednesday night, the Clippers defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 101-92, the Utah Jazz beat the Mavericks 113-94, the Philadelphia 76ers topped the Denver Nuggets 84-75, the Chicago Bulls defeated the Sacramento Kings 93-87, the Indiana Pacers edged the Toronto Raptors 90-88 and the Golden State Warriors eked out an 87-85 win over the Phoenix Suns. EFE