Derrick Rose scored 22 points and hit a short go-ahead jumper with 4.8 seconds to play, and the Chicago Bulls rallied from an 11-point deficit in the final four minutes for a 88-87 win over the host Los Angeles Lakers Sunday.
Luol Deng scored 21 points and blocked a short shot by the Lakers' Kobe Bryant's just before the buzzer as the Bulls hung on for a thrilling finish.
Bryant scored 28 points and committed eight turnovers while playing with a torn wrist ligament.
Los Angeles was outscored, 17-5, in the final 3 minutes, 36 seconds of the game.
Elsewhere: Kevin Durant scored 30 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder win their season opener with a 97-89 victory over the visiting Orlando Magic. Ryan Anderson had 25 points for the Magic.
Raptors rocking out
A 1,300-pound boulder sits just inside the door to the Toronto Raptors' dressing room, a reminder of the mentality coach Dwane Casey is trying to instill.
Heading into what Casey is calling a "building" season, he has introduced a new motto: Pound the Rock.
"I knew we were going to be a work in progress, every time we walked on the floor we were going to have to have something to get us to think about," Casey said this week.
The motto is written on the walls of the team's practice gym and in the locker room.
The boulder is there to remind the players every time they walk on the court. They're supposed to touch it as they pass by and will leave every huddle with a call to "Pound the Rock!"
The San Antonio Spurs also have the rock and the motto.
- Inquirer wire services