The Orlando Magic has some news for the NBA: Steve Francis is here, Grant Hill is back and Dwight Howard has arrived.
The new-look Magic needed all three last night to beat the visiting Milwaukee Bucks, 93-92, on Francis's game-winning layup with two-tenths of a second remaining.
Francis, acquired in an offseason trade, finished with 26 points. Hill added 20 in his return from a 21-month layoff because of injury. Top draft pick Howard had 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks.
"I've hit some shots in my career, but I think this one is even more special being that this is my first official game for the organization," said Francis, part of a seven-player swap that sent disgruntled star Tracy McGrady to Houston.
That trade highlighted the Magic's massive overhaul during the summer as it tries to shake off a horrendous 61-loss season. Orlando has just four players remaining from April's roster.
"The guys in the locker room now don't have a reference point for what happened last year," Coach Johnny Davis said. "We don't even talk about what happened last year. Last year is gone."
* HEAT 100, NETS 77: Miami's new center, Shaquille O'Neal, had his way against a familiar face, Alonzo Mourning, from the Heat's recent past, shooting 7 for 9 and scoring 16 points in the win in East Rutherford, N.J.
Mourning finished with seven points, five rebounds and four fouls in 14 minutes for a gutted Nets team that's a shadow of the squad that reached the NBA Finals two of the past three years.
* 76ERS 98, CELTICS 95: Allen Iverson scored 30 points, five of them during an 11-0 fourth-quarter run when visiting Philadelphia took the lead and held off Boston.
* PACERS 109, CAVALIERS 104: Ron Artest scored 31 points and Jamal Tinsley added 15 points and 14 assists as Indiana opened the season with a double-overtime win in Cleveland.
The Pacers were without injured starters Jermaine O'Neal, Reggie Miller and Jeff Foster as well as guard Anthony Johnson.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 35 points and 18 rebounds for the Cavaliers.
* RAPTORS 95, ROCKETS 88: Chris Bosh had 20 points and host Toronto handed Tracy McGrady and Houston a second straight loss.
Houston's duo of McGrady and Yao Ming improved from their poor performance against the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday, but not enough to save the Rockets. McGrady, acquired in the offseason, scored 21 points, but only two after the third quarter. Yao, who had just seven points against Detroit, finished with 17 points.
* MAVERICKS 106, HORNETS 91: Dirk Nowitzki, Michael Finley and Jerry Stackhouse helped visiting Dallas ruin Byron Scott's debut as coach of New Orleans.
All three scored 19 points, and Dallas had three others reach double figures in the Hornets' first game in the Western Conference.
* TIMBERWOLVES 99, KNICKS 93: Kevin Garnett began his quest to repeat as league MVP with 28 points and 20 rebounds, and host Minnesota beat New York in the teams' season opener.
* SPURS 101, KINGS 85: Tim Duncan scored 30 points and Brent Barry made three three-pointers in his San Antonio debut, leading the host Spurs to victory.
* SUNS 112, HAWKS 82: Amare Stoudemire 18 of his 23 points in the first half and host Phoenix raced past Atlanta in the opener for both teams.
Stoudemire also had eight rebounds and two blocked shots. Joe Johnson scored 17 and Steve Nash had 12 points in his Suns' debut. Shawn Marion added 10 points and nine rebounds. All four sat out the final quarter.
* CLIPPERS 114, SUPERSONICS 84: Bobby Simmons scored a career-high 30 points and host Los Angeles won its season opener for the first time in eight years.
* TRAIL BLAZERS 78, WARRIORS 75: Nick Van Exel scored 13 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter against his former team, leading visiting Portland past Golden State in the season opener for both teams.
* JAZZ 104, LAKERS 78: In Salt Lake City, Carlos Boozer had 27 points and 11 rebounds in his Utah debut, Andrei Kirilenko added 16 points and eight blocks and the Jazz opened the season with a victory. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 38 points.