REIGNING NBA MVP Kevin Durant returned from a foot injury and scored 27 points in his season debut for Oklahoma City, but Tyreke Evans and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the visiting Thunder, 112-104.
Durant played nearly 30 minutes, looking healthy whether he was throwing down a driving, two-handed dunk or snapping off one of his three three-pointers.
Evans scored 15 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter. Anthony Davis had 25 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks for the Pelicans.
Jrue Holiday had 23 points and 10 assists while Ryan Anderson had 23 points and 11 rebounds as New Orleans snapped a three-game skid.
In other games
* At Cleveland, Kyrie Irving scored 28 points, LeBron James added 26 with 10 assists and Mike Miller provided a much-needed spark off Cleveland's bench, leading the Cavaliers to their fourth straight win, 111-108 over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Brandon Knight scored 24 and 19-year-old rookie Jabari Parker, the No. 2 overall pick in this year's draft, had 22 points for Milwaukee.
* At Atlanta Kyle Korver scored 24 points, and the Hawks rallied to beat the struggling Boston Celtics, 109-105.
Jeff Green and Jared Sullinger had 25 points apiece for the Celtics, who have lost five straight and eight of nine.
* At Auburn Hills, Mich., Kobe Bryant scored 12 straight points for Los Angeles in an impressive flurry in the third quarter, and the Lakers beat the Detroit Pistons, 106-96.
Bryant, who was scoreless in the first half, did all of his scoring in the burst, which helped the Lakers to an 81-65 lead heading into the final period.
Los Angeles had six players score in double figures, led by Jordan Hill's 22 points.
The Pistons, who have lost nine in a row, were led by Josh Smith's 18 points.
* At Brooklyn, Brook Lopez scored 23 points, Joe Johnson added 22 and the Nets beat the New York Knicks, 98-93.
Carmelo Anthony had 20 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Knicks, who lost their fifth straight.
* At Chicago, Monta Ellis hit a key basket to put Dallas ahead for good as the Mavericks defeated the Bulls, 132-129, in double-overtime.
Ellis, who finished with 38 points, put Dallas up, 130-129, on a 27-foot jumper with 39 seconds left.
Pau Gasol led the Bulls with 29 points and 14 rebounds.