It wasn't quite the homecoming new Denver Nuggets guard Andre Iguoudala was hoping for. Despite a late charge, Denver fell in its season opener on the road to the Philadelphia 76ers 84-75 on Wednesday.
Iguodala, who was acquired from the 76ers in the four-team trade that sent Dwight Howard to the Lakers and Andrew Bynum to Philly, scored 11 points. Bynum didn't play Wednesday, but one of his replacements in the middle, Spencer Hawes held his own with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Ty Lawson, fresh off signing an extension with Denver on Wednesday, scored 16 points with seven assists and five rebounds. He hit a jumper late in the fourth to bring Denver to a 71-70 deficit, but Sixers guard Jrue Holiday (fresh off his own extension) hit a fall-away jumper and a free throw, and Hawes scored four straight points to put Philly up 78-70. The Sixers held ground from there.
Elsewhere around the NBA's second night of action, the Lakers fell to 0-2 with a loss to Portland, James Harden scored 37 points to lead the Rockets over the Pistons in his debut with the team, and San Antonio held off an impressive debut from rookie Anthony Davis to win on the road.
Wednesday night's NBA scores:
- Philadelphia 84, Denver 75
- Indiana 90, Toronto 88
- San Antonio 99, New Orleans 95
- Houston 105, Detroit 96
- Chicago 93, Sacramento 87
- Utah 113, Dallas 94
- Golden State 87, Phoenix 85
- L.A. Clippers 101, Memphis 92
- Portland 116, L.A. Lakers 106