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Shaquille O'Neal lived up to the hype surrounding his regular-season debut with the Los Angeles Lakers. O'Neal dunked, rebounded and, surprisingly, made most of his free throws in helping the Lakers beat the Phoenix Suns 92-86 in the opening match of the NBA season on Friday.

Charles Barkley came up with one of the best games of his life, grabbing a career-high 33 rebounds and scoring 20 points to lead the Houston Rockets to a 110-95 win over the Phoenix Suns, his former team.