PHOENIX The NBA's future was showcased Thursday night, and 20-year-old Amare Stoudemire and the Phoenix Suns came away with a 95-86 victory over 18-year-old LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Stoudemire, last season's rookie of the year, scored 25 points including a pair of three-point plays in a 10-3 fourth-quarter run and grabbed eight rebounds.
James, with an array of soaring dunks, hanging bank shots, leaping rebounds and slick passes, flirted with a triple-double with 21 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, but had seven turnovers.
The 18-year-old sensation had just one turnover in 42 minutes in his 25-point NBA debut in Sacramento on Wednesday night.
Stephon Marbury scored 24 for the Suns, including a 25-foot 3-pointer as the shot clock expired to give the Suns an 89-82 lead with 3:46 remaining. Cleveland never was closer than five points thereafter.
Stoudemire's steal and three-point play put Phoenix up 79-75 with 8:22 to play, then he capped the run with another three-point play that made it 84-78 with 6:40 remaining.
Ricky Davis scored 22 points for the Cavs on 9-for-23 shooting. Carlos Boozer had 11 points and 15 rebounds.
Shawn Marion had 15 points and 11 rebounds for Phoenix.
James, on the court for 41 minutes, made eight of 17 shots 1-for-3 in the fourth quarter when the Suns pulled away.
Cleveland led 73-72 to start the fourth, and was up 75-74 on Boozer's dunk with 8:51 remaining. Marion's 8-footer with 8:39 to go put Phoenix up for good 76-75. He was fouled on the play but missed the free throw, one of Phoenix's 38 trips to the line.
Turnovers and free throws doomed Cleveland. The Cavs committed 24 turnovers, to 15 for the Suns.
The Suns were 27-of-38 at the line, while the Cavs were only 7-for-12.
Hornets 100, Magic 98
ORLANDO, Fla. George Lynch scored on a fast-break layup with 36 seconds left as the New Orleans Hornets beat Orlando 100-98 in the Magic's home opener Thursday night.
David Wesley scored 28 points for New Orleans, while Jamaal Magloire had 27 and Baron Davis added 22 points and eight assists.
Orlando's Tracy McGrady scored 33 points, but Magloire blocked his potential tying layup with 3.9 seconds to go. McGrady also had seven rebounds and six assists. Drew Gooden added 16 points and 11 rebounds.
SuperSonics 109, Clippers 100
SAITAMA, Japan Rashard Lewis scored 25 points and Ronald Murray added 24 as Seattle spoiled Mike Dunleavy's coaching debut with Los Angeles.
Lewis made two 3-pointers in a third-quarter run that gave the SuperSonics an 83-69 lead heading to the fourth.
Rockets 102, Nuggets 85
HOUSTON Cuttino Mobley scored 21 points, and the Rockets never trailed against Denver in the first game played at Toyota Center, Houston's new downtown arena.
A sellout crowd of 18,189 was on hand as the coach Jeff Van Gundy era started with a runaway victory.
Leading 48-42 at halftime, the Rockets started the third quarter with a 13-5 run.
Yao Ming scored 17 points in 20 minutes and finished the game with five fouls, and Steve Francis finished with 17 points.
Andre Miller led the Nuggets with 19 points, and rookie Carmelo Anthony added 18, shooting 4-of-15 from the field.
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