Videos: Top 15 Plays of Opening Day

by December 26, 2011
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The first day of the 2011-12 NBA season lived up to all the hype, and then some. We saw Carmelo and DRose will their teams to victory with stellar fourth-quarter performances, Durant and Westbrook take another step forward, Mark Jackson realize there’s a lot of work to be done, and the Miami Heat humiliate the defending champion Dallas Mavericks. The day’s festivities produced a plethora of jaw-dropping highlights, and we’ve got the 15 best above. From Rajon Rondo’s scary court vision to Kobe’s (still) unstoppable fade-away to the Wade-LeBron-Bosh practice drills, a long-awaited opening day gave us more than we bargained for (pun certainly intended). We’ve got 12 more games tonight, but in the interim, relive and relish in yesterday’s greatness.Β β€”Eldon Khorshidi