Three takeaways from National Basketball Association opening night

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This time, Leonard got the best of a juicy match-up against LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the cross town Lakers, scoring 30 points to guide the Clippers to a 112-102 victory.

Lou Williams added 21 points and Montrezl Harrell delivered 17 points and seven rebounds off the bench for the Clippers. Since we've already taken a look at how the Rockets and Lakers stack up against each other, it's time to take a look at how the Rockets and the Clippers measure up.

Tied 85-all, they opened with a 19-7 run to go ahead 104-92. The Lakers failed to respond, as Vogel made a decision to rest Davis for nearly half of the second quarter, while Lou Williams scored seven points off the Clippers' bench to extend the lead to eight points going into the second half.

On other end of the scale, Lakers fans were treated to a fairly rare sight, with LeBron James making good on a promise to bring back his long-dormant pre-game chalk toss. The Clippers converted 56.1 percent of their shots from the floor compared to 47.4 percent for the Lakers.

"For last two months, all the talk has been about the Lakers versus the Clippers".

Rondo, 33, averaged 9.2 points on 40.5% shooting (35.9% from 3) with 8.0 assists and 5.0 rebounds last season, his first with the Lakers. His defensive presence on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (scoreless in 27 minutes) and LeBron James (shot 36.8% FG) was noteworthy.

The previous debut record for Lakers belonged to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who scored 27 points in his first game as a Laker.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo, the reigning MVP, and co-star Khris Middleton will look to take Milwaukee past the Eastern Conference Finals, where they lost to the eventual champions in six games after blowing a 2-0 lead.

"Obviously [injured] Kyle Kuzma would help".

The two clubs won't meet again until Christmas Day.

The defending champion Raptors will open up the 2019 National Basketball Association season against the New Orleans Pelicans in Toronto.

Clippers guard Patrick Beverley was once cut by the Miami Heat when James was on the team. Last year's Most Improved Player tallied 34 points, 18 rebounds and five rebounds in an astounding performance that showed he can be all Toronto wants him to be.

Lowry added 22 points, Serge Ibaka had 13 points and OG Anunoby 11 for Toronto. The Pelicans' second unit featured some unexpected lineups and struggled at various points, though, so the rotations could need some tweaking.

Brandon Ingram paced New Orleans with a team-high 22 points while Jrue Holiday, JJ Redick, Niccolo Melli, and Josh Hart all scored in double figures as well.

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