Leonard had 24 points and 10 rebounds in the Raptors' season-opening win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, this after being limited to just nine games due to an Achilles injury last season with the San Antonio Spurs. He played 36 minutes on Friday night and looked like the NBA MVP candidate and Finals MVP that he was a couple years ago with the Spurs. He shot 10-of-25 from the floor, 9-for-9 at the free throw line, and 2-of-5 from three-point range, while getting helped out by Serge Ibaka's 21 points. The third quarter was when Leonard really took off, scoring 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting in those 12 minutes.
Al Horford led the Celtics with 21 points in their first loss and first road game of the season, as they were coming off a season-opening win over the Philadelphia 76ers. The Raptors have won seven straight home games against the Celtics, and 11 of 12, as they will hit the road for the first time Saturday night against the Washington Wizards. The Celtics will also be in action on Saturday in Madison Square Garden against the New York Knicks.
Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors and Utah Jazz did not disappoint out west, and in the end it was Jonas Jerebko haunting his former team in the Warriors' 124-123 road win on Friday. Jerebko had the game-winning putback with 0.3 seconds to play, helping Golden State improve to 2-0 on the young season, while handing the Jazz their first loss. Kevin Durant led the Warriors with 38 points and nine rebounds, helping the defending two-time champs spoil the Jazz's home opener.
Jerebko finished the night with 10 points, as he left the Jazz in free agency this past summer to sign with Golden State. Durant was looking to reach 40 points with a jumper as time was running out, which missed, but Jerebko got the offensive rebound and went right back up for the game-winner. Steph Curry added 31 points and eight assists, while Draymond Green had another productive game with 14 points, nine rebounds, and six assists.
Joe Ingles led the Jazz with 27 points, including seven field goals from beyond the arc, while Donovan Mitchell had 19 points, but went cold in the final 12 minutes, missing all six fourth-quarter attempts. Jae Crowder had 17 points, while Rudy Gobert contributed a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds in a losing effort. The Warriors, still playing without DeMarcus Cousins, will visit the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night, while the Jazz will stay home to host the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday.