Greatest Opening Night Games in Recent NBA History

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Greatest Opening Night Games in Recent NBA History
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The opening night of the NBA's regular season means so many different things to so many different people.

For the fans, it's the glorious end to the months-long wait for the return of their favorite sport. For players, it's the official promise of a new day, their chance to rewrite history or validate past claims. 

And for those masterminds calling the shots, it's a chance to see if their offseason moves worked out.

The night brings excitement on its own, regardless of what the final scores might say when everything's all said and done. But sometimes a bit of generosity from the basketball gods brings instant classics to the season's opening ceremony.

With superstar players, clutch-time shots and spectacular dunks, opening night has carved out some gems over the last 10 years. So we've consulted with our basketball experts and compiled the six most brilliant games of the bunch.

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