CLEVELAND -- Lamond Murray scored all six of Cleveland's points in the second overtime before slapping the ball away from Doug Christie just before the final buzzer Wednesday night as the Cavaliers won their home opener, 102-100 over the Sacramento Kings.
Murray, who finished with 18 points, reached in and poked the ball away as Christie was about to go up for a potential game-tying shot.
Andre Miller had 17 points and eight assists for the Cavs before falling hard and bruising his right knee in the second overtime.
Chris Webber scored 27 points in 50 minutes and Predrag Stojakovic had 23 for the second straight night for the Kings.
Heat 105, Magic 79
MIAMI -- Pat Riley earned his 1,000th coaching victory as the revamped Heat meshed marvelously, racing to a 20-point lead after 7 1/2 minutes.
Alonzo Mourning, who will miss this season with a kidney disorder, received a heartwarming ovation when introduced before the game.
Tim Hardaway scored 12 of the first 27 points for the Heat, who raced to leads of 17-3, 28-7 and 37-14. Hardaway finished with 17 points and seven assists in 25 minutes to help give the Heat their most lopsided win in an opener.
Eddie Jones added 17 points and reserve Don MacLean 16.
Grant Hill sat out with soreness in his left ankle after playing 33 minutes in Orlando's season-opening victory Tuesday over Washington.
Wizards 95, Hornets 77
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Richard Hamilton scored 15 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter to lead Washington.
Five Wizards scored in double figures to give first-year coach Leonard Hamilton his first victory as an NBA coach in front of a hometown crowd. Hamilton, who coached 10 seasons at the University of Miami before getting the Washington job, is a native of Gastonia, N.C.
Rod Strickland added 18 points for Washington, Juwan Howard had 13, Felipe Lopez scored 12 and Mitch Richmond had 10 to move into 25th place on the all-time scoring list.
Jamal Mashburn and Elden Campbell scored 13 each to lead Charlotte.
76ers 104, Raptors 98
PHILADELPHIA -- Allen Iverson scored 24 points and Philadelphia overcame a big first quarter by Vince Carter.
Iverson also had five rebounds and five assists. Eric Snow scored 16 and Tyrone Hill added 12.
Carter scored 15 of his 25 points in the first quarter when the Raptors opened a 10-point lead. Mark Jackson added 16 points and 12 assists, and Antonio Davis had 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Jazz 97, Lakers 92
LOS ANGELES -- Karl Malone scored 12 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter and pulled down 11 rebounds as Utah ruined the Lakers' ring celebration.
John Stockton had 21 points and 14 assists and Bryon Russell added 18 points for the Jazz, who took the lead for good in the opening three minutes but had to hold off the Lakers in the late going for their second straight victory.
Before the game, the Lakers raised their seventh championship banner and received their championship rings in a 15-minute ceremony.
Shaquille O'Neal scored 34 points and Kobe Bryant added 31. O'Neal also had 15 rebounds, but shot only 6-of-18 on free throws.
SuperSonics 112, Nuggets 99
SEATTLE -- Gary Payton had 35 points and had 10 assists to lead Seattle over Denver.
Patrick Ewing added 11 points and eight rebounds and displayed an arsenal of behind-the-head and over-the-shoulder passes in his first game as a Sonic at Key Arena after being traded from the New York Knicks.
Rashard Lewis had 18 points, Shammond Williams 16 and Vin Baker 10 points and eight rebounds for the Sonics, who took the lead with 10:36 remaining in the first quarter and never relinquished it.
Celtics 103, Pistons 83
BOSTON -- Paul Pierce showed no ill effects from being stabbed last month, scoring 28 points -- 20 in the first half -- to lead Boston.
The Celtics improved to 3-1 in season openers in the Rick Pitino era.
One night after scoring a career-high 44 points in Detroit's season-opening victory at Toronto, Jerry Stackhouse scored 20 but shot just 7-of-21.
The Pistons shot just 36 percent overall as they fell behind 56-40 at the half and got no closer than nine in the second half.
HEAD:Region III volleyball teams ready for second season
HEAD:4A tournament kicks off today at Kenai Central; 3A teams head to Anchorage Christian
BYLINE1:By WILL MORROW
High school volleyball's second season starts today as the peninsula's teams gear up for their region tournaments.
Nikiski and Seward head to Anchorage Christian Schools where they are the top-seeded teams in the Region III/3A Championship. Homer, Skyview and Soldotna will converge on Kenai for the Region III/4A Championship.
Nikiski and Seward both take 11-1 region records into the 3A tournament, having split their season series.
Tournament organizers opted to look at competition against common non-region opponents, where the Seahawks had a slight advantage, giving them the top seed and the first-round bye.
Nikiski coach Cherrie Hobart-Verkuilen doesn't consider playing a first-round match a handicap, though.
"I don't feel like Seward getting the bye puts us at any disadvantage," Hobart-Verkuilen said. "Sometimes, when you've got young kids and you get to the tournament, they can get nervous. Playing ACS gives us a chance to get those nerves out of the way. We can make a few mistakes and it's not going to hurt us."
While Nikiski's first-round match against the last-seeded Lions will give the Bulldogs a chance to get into the swing of things, the bracket gets tougher the rest of the way. Chances are good that, if the Bulldogs play up to their abilities, they'll face Seward for the region championship.
"I believe it will" end up that way, Hobart-Verkuilen said. "I have all the confidence in the world."
Hobart-Ver-kuilen said Nikiski will continue to rally around its veteran players -- middle hitter Laura Berdahl, setter Laura-Beth Covich and outside hitter Jessica Arness.
"It will be exciting," Hobart-Ver-kuilen said, "I think it's going to be a fantastic finish. I'm looking forward to seeing just how much we've improved."
Palmer, 10-0 in Region III/4A play, is a favorite to take the region crown, but the tournament promises some very close, competitive matches.
"As a whole, the region is tighter than it's ever been," said Kenai coach Vanessa Gabel.
"The team that comes out with focus and confidence is going to win," said Skyview coach Sheila Kupferschmid.
The Kenai Kardinals are hoping that some recent improvement -- and a home court advantage -- will carry them through to a state berth.
"We've been working before and after practice, just getting the gym ready," Gabel said. "It looks pretty neat in there."
Kenai (2-8 in region play) plays Wasilla (6-4) in the final game of the evening, and a raucous crowd could give the Kardinals just the edge they need.
"(Momentum) is huge," Gabel said. "Once you get that crowd rocking in your favor, it can be a big boost."
Kenai will rely on the setting ability of Jamie Montgomery to coordinate a front-row attack that includes Erica Shinn, Laura Rhyner and Kirsten Ehrhardt. Gabel said that the team's serve-receive has come a long way, thanks to the back-row efforts of Amy Fischer, Shamra Bauder and Holly McCune.
Soldotna earned the top seed from the southern division with its 8-2 region mark and will face Colony (4-6).
The Stars are coming off a successful road trip, beating Wasilla in four games in the Valley Saturday. Coach Ron Becker said that the team made the trip into a special event, traveling to Wasilla on Friday to watch the Warriors play Kenai, and then taking in a movie (Remember the Titans) together on Friday night.
The Stars have been firing on all cylinders this season, from setters Toni Gilbert and Kathryn Becker to outside hitters Danielle Kerrone and Hillary Zobeck and middle blockers Gretta Besse and Rachel Besse.
Alecia Malchoff gives the Stars a boost when she enters the game to serve and as a defensive specialist.
Soldotna dropped a five-game match early in the season to the Knights, after which Becker said his team let Colony off the hook. After losing the first game of the match, the Stars won two straight, but couldn't close out the match. Colony tied the match in game four and won with extra points in game five.
Skyview (4-6) opens the tournament against Kodiak (6-4). Skyview coach Sheila Kupferschmid expects a much different match than when the teams met early in the season.
The Panthers have suffered a setback in their preparations -- in addition to a couple of players feeling a little sick, hitter Jenny Carpenter rolled an ankle in practice this week.
"That's not real good heading into regions, but those are some of the breaks you've got to work with," Kupferschmid said.
Skyview has played several five-game matches this season, including a pair last weekend, and Kupferschmid said she noticed something when games went long.
"In those matches, we served too many ball out," Kupferschmid said. "We know where we're losing matches -- that's good to know."
With that in mind, Kupferschmid had her Panthers spending some extra time at the service line this week.
Kupferschmid said the performance of her senior players, Beth Massey and Amanda Bauer, will be a key in determining the Panthers' fate.
"Amanda's always been consistent," Kupferschmid said. "If Beth can do the job at the net blocking and hitting, we'll compete.
"Then it boils down to defense for us."
The Homer Mariners (0-10) will have a chance to play plenty of defense themselves, having drawn the daunting task of taking on Palmer in the opening round. That match kicks off the tournament today at 1 p.m.
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