A dominant fourth quarter saw the Toronto Raptors survive a scare and win Game One 114-106 against the Washington Wizards.
The Eastern Conference’s number one seed boasted a meagre point one advantage heading into the final portion of the game, but then replacement Delon Wright scored 12 of his 18 points to secure the victory.
Serge Ibaka top-scored for the Raptors with 23 points, although they had nine players who finished with at least nine points to their name.
The Philadelphia 76ers crushed the Miami Heat 130-103 after outscoring them by 31 points during the second half.
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) April 15, 2018
JJ Redick scored 28 points and Marco Belinelli added 25, while rookie Ben Simmons almost grabbed a triple-double with 17 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds.
The Golden State Warriors laid down a marker in their opening game against the San Antonio Spurs after the defending champions cruised to a 113-92 win.
Klay Thompson sank 27 points, while Kevin Durant finished with 24, as the Warriors displayed a timely return to form.
The New Orleans Pelicans held on for a 97-95 win over the Portland Trail Blazers, despite a late scare.
Final Stat Lines from the @PelicansNBA big road victory in Game 1!
Lillard: 18 PTS, 7 AST pic.twitter.com/LoHqMQtShJ
— NBA (@NBA) April 15, 2018
The Trail Blazers cut a 19-point deficit to one during the second half, yet Anthony Davis’ free-throws in the dying seconds saw their comeback come to naught.
Davis finished the game with 35 points and 14 rebounds.