Gerald Wallace slid face-first off the court after a hard foul, popped back up and looked at the scoreboard. He wasn't seeing things -- the Charlotte Bobcats really were on their way to the first win in franchise history.
The expansion Bobcats wrestled for rebounds, scrambled after loose balls and outhustled the Orlando Magic en route to a 111-100 victory.
Primoz Brezec, quickly emerging as Charlotte's star player, had 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Bobcats. Wallace added 18 points and 10 rebounds, Steve Smith had 14 points, and Jason Hart had 14 points and 11 assists.
Cuttino Mobley led the Magic with 23 points.
Around the rim
Fred Jones hit three three-pointers during a 19-6 spurt in the third quarter, and Stephen Jackson led the way with 24 points and four steals to help the banged-up Pacers improve to 3-0 with a 100-90 win over the Bulls.
Paul Pierce scored 28 points, Ricky Davis added 20, and the Celtics shot 56 percent to win for the first time this season, blowing out the Knicks, 107-73.
Latrell Sprewell ended a quiet night with a flurry, scoring seven points over a two-minute span down the stretch to spark the Timberwolves over the Hornets, 99-92. Sprewell finished with 14 points and five rebounds, while Kevin Garnett had 29 points.
Steve Nash had 17 points and eight assists, and the Suns rode 57.4-percent shooting to their third straight victory, 112-80 over the Nets.
Chauncey Billups had 20 points and 10 assists, and Richard Hamilton added 17 points, leading the Pistons to a 99-91 win over the 76ers.
Michael Redd scored 28 points and Keith Van Horn had 22 points and 14 rebounds to help the Bucks beat the Cavaliers, 102-88, in their home opener.