Washington Wizards vs. Orlando Magic 10/30/14: Video Highlights and Recap

The Washington Wizards looked to bounce back from a disappointing season opener Thursday night as they met the Orlando Magic. The Wizards dropped their first game of the year to the Miami Heat and faced a tough test from the Magic as they looked to rebuild after last season’s subpar campaign.

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Detroit Pistons vs. Minnesota Timberwolves 10/30/14: Video Highlights and Recap

The Detroit Pistons looked to bounce back from a tough season-opening loss on Thursday night, when they faced the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Pistons dropped their 2014-15 opener against the Denver Nuggets but faced a tough test from Andrew Wiggins and the Timberwolves in their second game of the year.

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Utah Jazz vs. Dallas Mavericks 10/30/14: Video Highlights and Recap

The Dallas Mavericks looked to bounce back from a tough loss in their season opener when they faced the Utah Jazz on Thursday night. The Mavs lost a heartbreaker to the Spurs on Tuesday, and faced a tough test from an athletic young Jazz roster on Thursday.

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Oklahoma City Thunder vs. L.A. Clippers: Live Score, Highlights and Reaction

The Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder last faced off in the 2014 Western Conference semifinals, in which the Thunder ran away with the series in six games.

Tonight, the Clippers will get their first shot at revenge, as they open their 2014-15 NBA campaign in Los Angeles against the very team that quashed their 2014 title chances.

The Thunder, who are without frontman Kevin Durant for the start of the season, will look to recover after dropping their opening contest against the Portland Trail Blazers last night.

Led by Russell Westbrook during Durant’s absence, Oklahoma City will need to find balance elsewhere in the roster against a Los Angeles squad whose roster features weapons at every position.

Both the Thunder and the Clippers have been labeled as potential title contenders, and with the season still in its opening stage, tonight presents a fantastic opportunity for one of these teams to make an early statement.

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Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles

Tipoff: 10:30 p.m. ET

Watch: TNT

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New York Knicks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers: Live Score, Highlights and Reaction

It’s a return four years in the making, one you simply have to witness. 

Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks are bringing their work-in-progress triangle offense to Quicken Loans Arena, but make no mistake about it. This Thursday night show is all about LeBron James, who will kick off the second portion of his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

More so than ever, all eyes will be firmly affixed upon the presence of No. 23—yes, No. 23, as the No. 6 jersey is now firmly in the past. Not only is this his official return to Northeast Ohio, but it’s also the very first time he’ll team up with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love in a game that actually matters. 

Against a New York defense that looked rather porous during its season opener and the exhibition season that preceded it, the NBA‘s newest Big Three should be able to rack up plenty of big numbers. Chemistry will inevitably be a work in progress, but it’s not as though the new-look Cavs are lacking in the talent department. 

Missing James’ debut with the Miami Heat was an egregious sin for any basketball fan, but a failure to see him walk back onto the court after coming full circle with his hometown franchise would be even worse. 

First comes the powder then come the cheers.

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Detroit Pistons vs. Denver Nuggets 10/29/14: Video Highlights and Recap

The Denver Nuggets looked to get their 2014-15 campaign off to a strong start, when they faced the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. The Nuggets featured a deep, athletic roster, but they faced a stern test from the dominant young frontcourt of the Pistons.

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Washington Wizards vs. Miami Heat 10/29/14: Video Highlights and Recap

The Miami Heat began the post-LeBron era with a 107-95 win over the Washington Wizards.

Chris Bosh led the way with 26 points and 15 rebounds, while Dwyane Wade scored 12 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter after briefly leaving the game with a leg injury.

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Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns: Live Score, Highlights and Reaction

The Los Angeles Lakers will look to bounce back from an ugly opening-night loss when they travel to US Airways Center to take on the Phoenix Suns Wednesday night.

The Lakers were not only hammered by the Houston Rockets on Tuesday, but they also lost Julius Randle for the season after the rookie forward broke his leg, per Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times.

The Suns are looking to build upon a strong 2013-14 campaign which saw them win 48 games and finish one game out of the playoffs. Phoenix was expected to be one of the worst teams in the league, but it proved to be a pleasant surprise behind impressive backcourt play and solid depth.

The Suns are also aiming for their seventh straight home win over Los Angeles, a feat they haven’t accomplished since 1994.

Catch the action at 10 p.m. ET on either TWC Sportsnet or Fox Sports Arizona.

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Chicago Bulls vs. New York Knicks: Live Score, Highlights and Reaction

With the NBA season just two days old, the New York Knicks will host the Chicago Bulls Wednesday night as each team looks to kick off its 2014-15 campaign on the right note.

After failing to make the postseason in 2013-14, the Knicks will debut their new-look squad headlined by rookie head coach Derek Fisher.

Like their opponents, the Bulls spent the offseason revamping their roster, adding veteran big man Pau Gasol to a star-studded roster. Former MVP Derrick Rose will look to lead his potential powerhouse squad from the get-go after missing a significant portion of the past two regular seasons.

Though expectations are certainly higher for the Bulls, both rosters have the potential to compete as the season progresses.

For now, they’ll look to get the upper hand out of the gate.

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Tip-off: 8:00 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN

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Washington Wizards vs. Miami Heat: Live Score, Highlights and Reaction

The Washington Wizards open the season Wednesday by visiting the Miami Heat, who are mercifully without the services of LeBron James after making four consecutive NBA Finals appearances. 

While Washington remains a team on the upswing with a talented young backcourt and solid defensive ability, Miami looks set for a serious backslide now that King James has abdicated from his kingdom, even with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh returning.

The game tips off at 7:30 p.m. ET. You can catch the local TV feed on Sun Sports or CSNB.

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