The San Antonio Spurs got some measure of revenge against the Oklahoma Thunder, which knocked them out of the 2012 playoffs, when Tony Parker scored a buzzer beater for an 86-84 win.
Parker scored five points in the final 28 seconds to rally his team from an 84-81 deficit during regulation time of Thursday night's game.
The point guard first tied the score with a three-point shot with 28 seconds remaining and then, to the delight of the large crowd at San Antonio's AT&T Center, hit a 21-footer as time expired.
Prior to Parker's late heroics, forward Tim Duncan had been the Spurs' star for the second-straight game, scoring 20 points, grabbing eight rebounds and blocking three shots.
On Wednesday night, Duncan scored 24 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in a 99-95 win over the New Orleans Hornets.
Duncan was one of five players in double figures for the Spurs on Thursday, as Parker scored 14 points and dished out 11 assists, shooting guard Danny Green shot 3-6 from behind the three-point line for 13 points, center Boris Diaw contributed 10 points and forward Stephen Jackson added 11 points off the bench.
Kevin Durant led the way for the Thunder in their season-opener with 23 points and 14 rebounds, while point guard Russell Westbrook pitched in 18 points.
The Thunder stunned the Spurs in last year's Western Conference Finals, rallying from a 2-0 deficit to win the final four games of the series. The Spurs had won 20 games in a row before their 2011-2012 season ended on a sour note.
Oklahoma City went on to lose to the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals in five games.
The Spurs-Thunder contest was the only NBA game played Thursday night after the Brooklyn Nets' home opener against the New York Knicks was postponed in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and rescheduled for Nov. 26. EFE