Grant Hill had 18 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds in his first action since last December as the Magic beat the Philadelphia 76ers, 95-88, in the first game of the NBA season last night in Orlando.
Tracy McGrady added 31 points and five assists for the Magic, who shook off a poor first quarter and played the type of defense Coach Doc Rivers emphasized during the preseason.
Keith Van Horn had 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead Philadelphia. Aaron McKie also had 19.
Hill showed no effects from the three ankle surgeries that have held him out of all but 18 games over the past two years. He even felt spry enough to bound into the stands to save a rebound early in the third quarter. Hill shot 5 of 10 from the field and 8 of 9 from the line. Occasionally playing point forward, he turned the ball over three times.
"Sometimes, I was guarding the big guy; sometimes, I was running the offense," Hill said. "We're not going to have numbered positions, we're just going to play and try to take advantage of matchups."
* KINGS 94, CAVALIERS 67: Peja Stojakovic scored 17 points and Chris Webber had 14 rebounds as host Sacramento opened a season of great expectations with a victory.
* SPURS 87, LAKERS 82: Malik Rose scored 16 points and 11 rebounds to offset 27 points and 10 rebounds by Kobe Bryant as San Antonio won the season-opener in Los Angeles. The Lakers played without Shaquille O'Neal (recovering from toe surgery) and Rick Fox (suspended for fighting).