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Around the NBA: recapping Thursday's games

Devin Booker, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kawhi Leonard
Devin Booker, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kawhi Leonard (Getty Images)

More season-opening action on Thursday with 22 more teams tipping off the start of the 2018-19 regular season.

Missed some games? We have you covered! Below are the top things to know from each of the matchups. Click each link to skip down to that game.

Pelicans-Rockets | Cavaliers-Raptors | Hawks-Knicks | Heat-Magic | Grizzlies-Pacers | Pistons-Nets | Bucks-Hornets | Timberwolves-Spurs | Jazz-Kings | Nuggets-Clippers | Mavericks-Suns

Jazz 123 def Kings 117

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Donovan Mitchell and Joe Ingles combined to lead the Jazz past the Kings in their season opener, with seven Jazz players scoring in double figures on the night.

Ingles dominated the first half, scoring 17 of his 22 points in the first 24 minutes and then it was Mitchell's turn to take the wheel, pouring in 11 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter.

The Jazz struggled to get going early, using a big second quarter run, fueled by Ingles to get back in the game. They led 68-55 at the half, before the Kings hit back with an 18-2 run of their own....and then Mitchell took over, hitting a pair of threes, a layup and a clutch free throw with under two minutes to go.

Rudy Gobert was a force inside, disrupting the Kings offense all night. He finished with 19 points, 15 rebounds and three blocked shots.

For the Kings, Willie Cauley-Stein had 23 points and seven rebounds for Sacramento. De'Aaron Fox added 21 points and seven assists.

Suns 121 def Mavericks 100

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Devin Booker had wrist surgery just five weeks ago, but you'd never know, with the sharp-shooter erupting for 35 points to help the Suns beat the Mavericks in their first game of the season.

The matchup also saw two of the most-anticipated rookies of 2018 in Deandre Ayton and Luka Doncic hit the court. Ayton was productive in his 36 minutes, finishing with 18 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, while Luka Doncic had 10 points, eight rebounds and four assists.

....And of course some flashy highlights

Bucks 113 def Hornets 112

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The Milwaukee Bucks were lucky to escape with a W after letting the Charlotte Hornets cut a 20-point deficit to set up a thrilling finish.

Kemba Walker poured in 41 points (15-of-29 FG, 7-of-13 3PT), while Giannis Antetokounmpo stuffed the stat sheet with 25 points, 18 rebounds and eight assists, plus eight turnovers.

The Bucks nailed 11 three-pointers in the first half and looked like new team on offense, but the second half was a different story as the ball movement dried up and they struggled to crack the Hornets defense, with some sloppy possessions. They finished the game with 21 turnovers.

Walker dragged the Hornets back into the contest and was in the thick of the action in the fourth. Just watch the finish! Sheesh.

Raptors 116 def Cavaliers 104

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The Kawhi Leonard era in Toronto is officially underway and his first outing will leave fans salivating. Leonard dropped 24 points and 13 rebounds in the win.

Leonard missed his first three shots of the game as the Cavs kept things close, but he got going in the second quarter, knocking down a fadeaway to cap a 20-7 run to put the Raps up 13. They went into the half up 60-47.

It was much of the same in the third, with Leonard and Kyle Lowry combining for 18 points in the period as they extended the lead to 20 points. Lowry finshed the game with 27 points and eight assists.

For the Cavs, Kevin Love led the way with 21 points and seven rebounds, while Cedi 'new LeBron' Osman added 17 points and out-rebounding boards. Jordan Clarkson and George Hill chipped in 15 each.

Pelicans 131 def Rockets 112

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The Pelicans led by as many as 29 points in their season opener, stunning the Houston Rockets as they cruised to a comfortable victory.

Anthony Davis had a game-high 32 points, 16 rebounds and eight assists, while Nikola Mirotic added 30, including six three-pointers. Point guard Elfrid Payton posted a triple-double of 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

The Pelicans dominated inside from the jump, taking a 71-54 lead into half-time. With the Rockets going small, New Orleans cleaned the glass, out-rebounding them 54-37 and scoring a whopping 76 points in the paint.

Spurs 112 def Timberwolves 108

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DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge combined to hold off the Minnesota Timberwolves to open their season with a W.

Aldridge scored 21 points, dominating inside as he dragged down 19 rebounds, including 11 on the offensive end. He got it done on both sides of the floor, helping keep Karl Anthony-Towns quiet, with the Wolves' big man scoring just eight points and nine rebounds, before fouling out in the fourth quarter.

DeRozan, in his first NBA game for the Spurs, warmed up after a quiet first half to lead the team with 28 points (10-of-21 FG), including a clutch bucket to put them up 110-108 in the final minute, adding a pair of free throws to ice the game.

Jimmy Butler put the recent drama behind him to post 23 points and seven rebounds, while Jeff Teague led the Wolves with 27 points.

Knicks 126 def Hawks 107

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The Knicks piled on the points at Madison Square Garden, thanks to a franchise record 49-point second quarter against the Hawks.

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 16 of his 31 points in the period as they took a commanding 72-49 lead into the main break.

The Knicks looked a little rusty to start this one, going 0-for-9 to start the game, but Hardaway got going and his teammates followed suit, with four other Knicks scoring 15+ and rookie Kevin Knox adding 10.

Undrafted rookie Allonzo Trier picked up where he left off in pre-season with another strong outing, scoring 15 points, saving his best for this jam in the third quarter.

Magic 104 def Heat 101

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It was a back-and-forth affair in Florida, with the Orlando Magic rallying late to secure the win.

Orlando took an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter and looked to have the game sealed, before the Heat found another gear to cut the lead to just one point with 3.5 seconds left. Josh Richardson drove to the basket, but stepped out of bounds, turning the ball over as the comeback fell short.

Aaron Gordon was the main man for Orlando, scoring 26 points and 16 rebounds, with five other Magic players scoring in double figures on the night. Rookie Mo Bamba imressed in his first NBA game, finishing with 13 points and seven rebounds, with a few highlights along the way.

Goran Dragic led the Heat with 26 points, while Richardson added 21.

Pacers 111 def 83 Grizzlies

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The Indiana Pacers did all the little scrappy things you need to win; protecting the paint, playing tough defense and working the glass as they cruised to a 28-point win to open the season.

They had seven players score in double figures, led by Bojan Bogdanovic with 19, but they won the game on the glass, bullying the Grizzlies as they out-rebounded them 57-28. Domatas Sabonis had a team high 15 boards to go with his 14 points.

While Indiana found buckets all the way down the roster, the Grizzlies' star duo of Marc Gasol and Mike Conley combined to shoot just 5-of--22 from the field in a rough first game.

Pistons 103 def Nets 100

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Detroit survived a last-second three-point attempt from Joe Harris to hang on and win their season opener in a thriller

After leading by as many as 13 points in the second half, Detroit found themselves in a dogfight down the stretch as the plucky Nets refused to go away, with Harris draining a late three to cut the lead to 101-100.

Brooklyn's Caris LeVert, who scored a game-high 27 points turned the ball over with 7.8 seconds remaining, leaving Detroit's Reggie Jackson to ice the game with 1.6 seconds left.

Blake Griffin led Detroit with 26 points, eight rebounds and six assists, while Andre Drummond added 24 points and 20 rebounds.

Nuggets 107 def Clippers 98

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Nikola Jokic scored 21 points and Gary Harris added 20 of his own to lead the Denver Nuggets to victory.

Both teams traded the lead late, with Boban Marjanovic coming up with some big dunks down the stretch, connecting on 6-of-8 shots, before Jokic, Harris and Paul Millsap put the game beyond doubt.

For the Clippers, Tobias Harris had 19 points and 10 rebounds while Boban Marjanovic added 18 points.

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