The NBA season kicked into full gear on Wednesday night with 11 games taking place. We saw some head coaching debuts and new faces in new places. It was only the second day of the season, but there are already contenders for what could be the best games we see and some of the best highlights.
Two games will be in contention for game of the night. The Boston Celtics visited the New York Knicks in what ended up being a two-overtime thriller. New York won the game, 138-134.
Not to be outdone, the Charlotte Hornets mounted a massive comeback at home against the Indiana Pacers. Charlotte trailed by as many as 23 points in the game but pulled off a 123-122 victory.
The Washington Wizards spoiled the Toronto Raptors return home to play a game in over 600 days, winning 98-83. That was one of six blowouts on the night, as the Memphis Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves, Philadelphia 76ers, San Antonio Spurs, and Denver Nuggets all won their games by double-digits as well.
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Six coaches made their head coaching debuts on Wednesday, whether it’s in a new job or as a rookie head coach, and only one, Wes Unseld Jr. with the Wizards, was able to come away with a victory.
Ime Udoka with the Celtics, Rick Carlisle with the Indiana Pacers, Chauncey Billups with the Portland Trail Blazers, Willie Green with the New Orleans Hornets, and Jamahl Mosley with the Orlando Magic all lost.
After a jam-packed night of basketball, there are some things to take away from the season opener for these teams. Here are five of the biggest takeaways from the Wednesday slate.