NBA: LeBron James, Kyrie Irving lead Cavaliers past Magic

Kevin Love scored 19 points to help the NBA champion Cavaliers improve to 3-0 for the season. The team hasn’t lost to the Magic since Nov. 23, 2012 in Orlando.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) and Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (10) fight for a loose ball during the second half.   -  AP

LeBron James scored 23 points and Kyrie Irving added 20 as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Orlando Magic for the 15th straight time, 105-99 on Saturday.

Kevin Love scored 19 points to help the NBA champion Cavaliers improve to 3-0 for the season. The team hasn’t lost to the Magic since Nov. 23, 2012 in Orlando.

Evan Fournier scored 22 points for Orlando. The Magic cut a 22-point deficit to three at 88-85 with 4 minutes to play, but J.R. Smith hit three 3-pointers and scored 11 in the fourth quarter.

James put together a personal highlight reel in the first half when Cleveland built a 54-32 lead. He converted a four-point play in the second quarter, hitting a three-pointer while being fouled in front of Cleveland’s bench with the shot clock winding down, before making the free throw.

James drove past Fournier and dunked over Nikola Vucevic despite getting hit in the face in the first quarter. He also motored down the late for a dunk at the first-half buzzer.

Leonard shines for Spurs again

Kawhi Leonard had 20 points as the San Antonio Spurs beat the New Orleans Pelicans 98-79 in its home opener.

The Spurs won its first season opener in 20 years without Tim Duncan, who retired in the offseason. San Antonio played without any of its Big Three as Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili both sat out to rest in the first night of back-to-back games.

San Antonio didn’t appear to miss them, as 11 players scored to help the team remain unbeaten after three games.

Patty Mills scored 18 points starting in place of Parker, and LaMarcus Aldridge had 12 points.

Pelicans forward Anthony Davis was held to 18 points after scoring 50 and 45 points in the first two games, as the Pelicans remain winless.

Paul Millsap scored 17 points to lead five Hawks in double figures and Atlanta toppled the Philadelphia 76ers 104-72.

Kyle Korver added 15 points and Mike Muscala added 14 for Atlanta.

The Hawks barely needed top offseason acquisition Howard. The big man had just two points and seven rebounds in his second game for his hometown team after signing a three-year, $70 million free-agent contract this summer.

Avery Bradley had 31 points on a career-high eight 3-pointers, and the Boston Celtics defeated the Charlotte Hornets 104-98.

Isaiah Thomas had 24 points and seven assists and Al Horford added 14 points for the Celtics, who trailed by one entering the fourth quarter.

Kemba Walker led the Hornets in their home opener with 29 points, while Frank Kaminsky had 11 points and four rebounds in his first regular season action.

Elsewhere, Kristaps Porzingis scored 21 points, Carmelo Anthony had 20 and the New York Knicks used a fast start and strong finish to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 111-104.

John Henson’s tip-in at the buzzer gave the Milwaukee Bucks a 110-108 victory over the Brooklyn Nets and Damian Lillard scored 37 points, including the go-ahead floater with less than a second remaining in overtime, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Denver Nuggets 115-113.

Also, the Sacramento Kings beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 106-103 and the Chicago Bulls topped the Indiana Pacers 118-101.

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