PHILADELPHIA — Spencer Hawes scored 24 points and hit the winning basket late in the fourth quarter to lead the Philadelphia 76ers past the Miami Heat 114-110 on Wednesday night.
The Sixers were strong from the opening tip, they made their first 11 shots and raced to a stunning 26-4 lead. The Heat, though, erased the deficit in the third quarter and appeared to take control behind LeBron James.
Hawes hit a 3-pointer, then a driving layup for a 109-108 lead with 2:01 left.
James blew two straight chances to put Miami up, losing the ball on a drive down the middle, then missed a 6-footer on the next possession.
Shane Battier missed his seventh straight 3-point attempt, and the Sixers put the game away from the free-throw line.
Michael Carter-Williams had 22 points, 12 assists and set an NBA first-game record with nine steals for the Sixers. Evan Turner scored 26.
LeBron James had 25 points and 13 assists and Chris Bosh scored 22 for Miami. The Heat received their NBA championship rings on Tuesday night.
Raptors 93, Celtics 87
TORONTO — Rudy Gay had 19 points and eight rebounds, Amir Johnson and DeMar DeRozan each scored 13 points and Toronto snapped a three-game losing streak in home openers by beating Boston.
Jeff Green had 25 points, Brandon Bass had 17 and Vitor Faverani 13 for the Celtics, who were beaten in new coach Brad Stevens’ NBA debut.
Jonas Valanciunas had eight points and 11 rebounds and Tyler Hansbrough had 12 rebounds for the Raptors, who won for just the sixth time in 26 meetings with Boston.
Kyle Lowry had 11 points and eight assists as Toronto improved to 10-9 in season-opening games.
Kris Humphries had eight points and nine rebounds for the Celtics.
Cavaliers 98, Nets 94
CLEVELAND — Anderson Varejao’s basket with 28 seconds left, off an assist from Kyrie Irving, sent Cleveland to a win over remodeled Brooklyn in coach Mike Brown’s first game back with the Cavaliers.
Varejao’s jumper gave the Cavs a 93-91 lead, and Irving, who finished with 15 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds, made four free throws in the final 14 seconds to help Cleveland put it away.
Brook Lopez scored 21 and Paul Pierce scored 17 in his first game for the Nets, who were without coach Jason Kidd. He’s serving a two-game suspension for a driving-under-the-influence conviction. Kevin Garnett, another of Brooklyn’s new pieces, had 10 rebounds.
Tristan Thompson led the Cavs with 18 points. Cleveland center Andrew Bynum, who missed all of last season for Philadelphia with knee problems, played in his first game in 17 months.