Curry drops 40 on opening night

Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry put on a show on opening night as he dropped 40 points to lead his side to a convincing 111-95 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans. 

Fresh off winning the NBA title last season, the Warriors started off strongly with Curry leading the way in the first quarter, where he scored a massive 24 points. 

The Pelicans tried to keep up, but Curry was proving too much to handle, and it soon became a matter of how much the Warriors were going to win by. 

Curry finished the game with 40 points on 14 of 26 shooting, including five of 12 from downtown. He also grabbed six rebounds, dished out seven assists and recorded two steals. 

Anthony Davis was the Pelicans' top-scorer with 18 points despite a poor shooting night that saw him make just four out of the 20 shots he took. Davis received some excellent support from back-up point guard Ish Smith, who scored 17 points to go along with two rebounds, nine assists and three steals. 

Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers made a poor start to the season as they were beaten 97-95 by the Chicago Bulls

Still feeling the sting of losing in the NBA Finals to the Warriors last season, the Cavaliers were determined to get their season off on the right foot, but following a shoddy first quarter, in which they only scored 17 points, they were forced to play catch-up for the remainder of the game. 

LeBron James tried to lead the Cavaliers to a come-from-behind victory and he scored 25 points to go along with 10 rebounds, five assists and a steal, but his efforts went in vain as he was blocked by Bulls center Pau Gasol when trying to score the game-tying basket with just 3.6 seconds left on the clock. 

Nikola Mirotic top-scored for the Bulls with 19 points on six of 11 shooting, but all eyes were on point guard Derrick Rose who recently recovered from a fractured left orbital. 

Rose got off to a rocky start and gave his side a scare when he appeared to suffer an ankle injury early on, but he bounced back to score 18 points and dish out five assists as his side held off the Cavaliers, much to the delight of United States President Barack Obama, who was in attendance for the game.

In the other game on opening night, the Detroit Pistons cruised to a 106-94 win over the Atlanta Hawks at the Philips Arena. 

Shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was the standout player for the Pistons as he scored 21 points to go with four rebounds, one assist and a steal.

Caldwell-Pope was brilliantly supported by center Andre Drummond, who dominated in the rebounds department as he grabbed 19 to go along with 18 points on six of 16 shooting. 

Hawks point guard Dennis Schroder put up a valiant effort as he came off the bench to score 20 points, while power forward Paul Millsap had 19 points and eight rebounds in what was a very solid performance.