Once the smoke cleared and the dusty debris from a fire-belching pregame show was swept away, the Philadelphia 76ers finally got something to work right: their new lineup.
Allen Iverson scored 37 points and Larry Hughes added 27 last night as the Philadelphia 76ers won for the first time this season, 117-98 over the visiting Seattle SuperSonics.
Iverson and Hughes started together for the first time this season in a shakeup that sent point guard Eric Snow to the bench.
"Obviously, it worked," said Iverson, who led a 39-19 scoring outburst in the fourth quarter with 17 points.
That was about all that worked for the 76ers in their home opener.
A giant video screen malfunctioned, cutting short a pregame tribute to the late Wilt Chamberlain. The shot clock, game clock and scoreboard malfunctioned repeatedly.
The most embarrassing moment came when the game was delayed twice for nearly 30 minutes because a gaudy fireworks and blowtorch show left the court shrouded in smoke and the floor covered with dust.
"Those fireworks things are silly, anyway," Sonics Coach Paul Westphal said.
"Save it for the Fourth of July."
The 76ers, who started the season 0-3, ended a 12-game losing streak against Seattle with their first victory over the Sonics since 1992.
The Sonics lost for the first time this season after starting 3-0.
Gary Payton had 28 points for the Sonics and Ruben Patterson added a career-high 22, but only three of his points came in the second half.
Todd MacCulloch, a 7-foot rookie, had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Philadelphia.
NUGGETS 115, HAWKS 100: Nick Van Exel piled up 23 points and 20 assists and Raef LaFrentz scored 24 points to spark Denver at home.
Ron Mercer added 19 points for the Nuggets and rookie Ryan Bowen grabbed 11 rebounds, including eight on the offensive end.
The Nuggets had 22 offensive rebounds and scored 23 points off second chances.
Isaiah Rider led Atlanta with 28 points. Dikembe Mutombo had 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Hawks.
KNICKS 111, BUCKS 101: In New York, Latrell Sprewell hit a tying three-pointer with 7.9 seconds left in regulation and Marcus Camby had 23 points and 13 rebounds as the Knicks won in overtime.
Allan Houston led the Knicks with 30 points and Sprewell finished with 21 along with 7 rebounds and 5 assists as Milwaukee lost for the first time in four games this season.
Sprewell and Camby were instrumental in New York's comeback from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter.
Camby, who turned his ankle midway through the quarter, had eight points in the fourth and Sprewell had seven, including the final five to send the game to overtime.
Glenn Robinson scored 23 points to lead Milwaukee.
MAGIC 102, ROCKETS 97: Chris Gatling scored 22 points and Darrell Armstrong hit four free throws in the final 13 seconds to lead visiting Orlando to its 10th straight win over Houston.
Houston hasn't beaten the Magic since the final game of its sweep of the Magic in the 1995 NBA Finals.
John Amaechi scored 18 points and Corey Maggette added 14 points in 14 minutes for Orlando.
Cuttino Mobley came off the bench to lead Houston with 25 points and Charles Barkley had 18 points and 17 rebounds. Hakeem Olajuwon added 16 points and eight rebounds.
JAZZ 94, CLIPPERS 79: In Los Angeles, Karl Malone scored 15 of his 23 points in the second half and Utah held the Clippers without a field goal during a 6-minute, 40-second span of the fourth quarter.
Maurice Taylor scored 21 points for the Clippers, who shot 34 percent from the field and missed 12 of 14 shots from three-point range in front of a half-empty Staples Center.