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Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Former Bobcat D.J. Augustin missed a buzzer- beating 3-pointer for Indiana as time expired, and Charlotte held on to a 90-89 victory over the Pacers in its first game of the season. Charlotte's top draft choice in 2011, Kemba Walker, led all scorers with a career-high 30 points, while Gerald Henderson poured in 18 points to get the Mike Dunlap era headed in the right direction. Dunlap became the fifth coach in Bobcats' history when he was hired in the offseason. He notched his first career NBA coaching win on Friday. Offseason acquisitions Ben Gordon and Ramon Sessions each gave solid contributions off the bench for Charlotte. Gordon finished with 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting, while Sessions added 11 points and four assists in the victory. Tyler Hansbrough and Lance Stephenson scored 15 points apiece off the bench to lead the Pacers, who defeated the Toronto Raptors in their season opener.

Final Score: Orlando 102, Denver 89

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - With the "Dwightmare" in their rear view mirror, the Orlando Magic took their first step in the post Dwight Howard era on Friday. It was a step in the right direction. Glen Davis tallied 29 points and 10 rebounds, while J.J. Redick added 21 points in the Magic's 102-89 thumping of the Denver Nuggets. Davis and Redick are two of just four holdovers -- Jameer Nelson and Hedo Turkoglu -- from last year's squad, who fell to the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the playoffs. Howard was traded from the Orlando Magic to the Los Angeles Lakers on Aug. 11 as part of a four-team, 12-player deal that also included the Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers. The blockbuster deal ended Howard's eight-year tenure with the Magic. Danilo Gallinari had 23 points to lead Denver, which lost its opener to Philadelphia on Wednesday.

Final Score: Houston 109, Atlanta 102

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - James Harden is certainly cementing himself as the Houston Rockets' go-to guy. After going for 37 points in his Rockets debut on Wednesday, the reigning Sixth Man of the Year poured in a career-high 45 points to lead Houston past the Atlanta Hawks, 109-102, on Friday. Harden finished 14-for-19 from the field and also converted on 15-of-17 free throws, and had seven rebounds. He scored 18 in the final quarter when he went 12- of-13 from the charity stripe. Jeremy Lin added 21 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, and Marcus Morris chipped in 17 points off the bench for Houston, which is 2-0 for the first time since the 2008-09 season. Lou Williams, who was signed by Atlanta in the offseason, led the Hawks with 22 points off the bench. Josh Smith posted a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds while Al Horford and Jeff Teague each donated 14 points in the Hawks' regular season opener.

Final Score: Milwaukee 99, Boston 88

Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Brandon Jennings tallied 21 points and 13 assists as the Milwaukee Bucks spoiled the Boston Celtics' home season opener with an authoritative 99-88 victory at TD Garden. Tobias Harris added 18 points and Monta Ellis scored 14 to help the Bucks halt a five-game losing streak in season lid-lifters as well as end a string a six consecutive defeats to the slow-starting Celtics, who also struggled in a 120-107 setback at defending NBA champion Miami on Tuesday. Larry Sanders, Ekpe Udoh and Beno Udrih each contributed 10 points off the bench for Milwaukee, which shot 46.5 percent from the field and led by as many as 22 points in an impressive all- around effort. Kevin Garnett paced five Celtics in double figures with 15 points, while Rajon Rondo recorded 14 points and 11 assists in Boston's first loss in a home opener since the 2006-07 season.

Final Score: Chicago 115, Cleveland 86

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Carlos Boozer had 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists as Chicago thumped Cleveland, 115-86, at Quicken Loans Arena. Richard Hamilton posted 19 points, Nate Robinson gave 16 points and 12 assists off the bench while Luol Deng added 14 points and five boards for the Bulls, who were coming off a season-opening win at home against Sacramento. They have beaten the Cavaliers nine straight times. Kyrie Irving scored 15 points while Alonzo Gee and Anderson Varejao each added 12 for the Cavaliers, who opened their season on Tuesday with a win over Washington.

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