Cavaliers: Vitaly Potapenko broke his nose in the third quarter and played the rest of the game wearing a protective mask.
Hawks: Roshown McLeod, the team's first-round pick from Duke, didn't play because of a strained left hamstring that troubled him throughout training camp. Atlanta will play 14 games at the Georgia Dome and 11 at Georgia Tech's arena this season.
Heat: Miami topped 10,000 season tickets for the first time since 1994-95, the year before Pat Riley became coach. Clarence Weatherspoon, the team's most significant off-season acquisition, did not play until the final five minutes.
Kings: Corliss Williamson is the only player remaining from the Sacramento roster two seasons ago and is the team's only returning full-time starter.
Magic: Orlando is wearing new uniforms this season to celebrate the team's 10th anniversary.
Nuggets: Bryant Stith is the only member of the 1992 draft class still with his original team. The crowd was announced at 17,171, and 11 of the fans in the upper deck wore white shirts that spelled out "Welcome Back."
Pistons: Joe Dumars needs 13 points to reach 16,000. Sixty players have achieved the milestone. Free-agent acquisition Loy Vaught had four points in 19 minutes.
76ers: The victory was the fifth for Philadelphia in its past 24 games against the Hornets. The last time Philadelphia recorded an opening-night victory on the road was 1990 at Chicago.
Spurs: Attendance was 19,002, well short of the opening night attendance of 24,793 last season in the Alamodome.
Pub Date: 2/06/99