by Brandon Richard

Following a near four-month hiatus, the NBA officially tipped off the 2014-15 season on Tuesday night. The new year got underway with three games on the schedule.

In New Orleans, it was the Anthony Davis show. The third-year standout gave the visiting Orlando Magic all they could handle, racking up 26 points, 17 rebounds and 9 blocks in 101-84 Pelicans victory. Recently extended center Nikola Vucevic had 15 points and 23 rebounds for the Magic.

After championship rings were handed out at the AT&T Center, the San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks picked up right where they left off in last season's playoffs. Behind big performances from the usual suspects, including clutch play down the stretch by Tony Parker, the Spurs edged their division rivals 101-100. Monta Ellis led the Mavericks with 26 points and 6 assists.

To cap off the night, Dwight Howard returned to Los Angeles, where his Houston Rockets paid a visit to the Lakers at Staples Center. It was whistle-to-whistle domination for the Rockets, who eased by the Lakers 108-90. James Harden came through for Houston with 32 points, while Kobe Bryant dropped 19 in his official regular season return. The big (and sad) news from this game was an injury to Lakers rookie Julius Randle, who unfortunately suffered a broken leg. We here at Sole Collector wish him a speedy recovery.

On the sneaker front, there weren't many surprises for opening night. With Kawhi Leonard sidelined by an eye infection, we didn't see much of his 'Ring Night' Air Jordan 6 PE on the court. Highlights included Howard debuting his latest adidas signature shoe, Davis going back to the original Hyperposite, Manu Ginobili switching from LeBrons to Kobes, Jason Terry's Reebok Kamikaze 2 PE and Patrick Beverley breaking out the D Rose 5 Boost.

See all of the notable sneakers from opening night in this special edition of Sole Watch.

Anthony Davis wearing Nike Air Max Hyperposite PE

Anthony Davis -- Nike Air Max Hyperposite PE

 

Elfrid Payton wearing Nike Kobe 9 EM

Elfrid Payton -- Nike Kobe 9 EM

 

Tony Parker wearing PEAK TP9-II

Tony Parker -- PEAK TP9-II

 

Dirk Nowitzki wearing Nike Hyperdunk 2012 PE

Dirk Nowitzki -- Nike Hyperdunk 2012 PE

 

Jameer Nelson wearing Nike Zoom Run the One

Jameer Nelson -- Nike Zoom Run the One

 

Chandler Parsons wearing ANTA Parsons PE

Chandler Parsons -- ANTA Parsons

 

Manu Ginobili wearing Nike Kobe 9 EM

Manu Ginobili -- Nike Kobe 9 EM

 

Monta Ellis wearing Jordan Super.Fly 3

Monta Ellis -- Jordan Super.Fly 3

 

Tyson Chandler wearing Nike Hyperfuse 2014 PE; Tim Duncan wearing adidas Crazy Ghost 2014

Tyson Chandler -- Nike Hyperfuse 2014 PE
Tim Duncan -- adidas Crazy Ghost 2014

 

James Harden wearing Nike Zoom Run the One PE

James Harden -- Nike Zoom Run the One

 

Kobe Bryant wearing Nike Kobe 9 Elite PE

Kobe Bryant -- Nike Kobe 9 Elite PE

 

Dwight Howard wearing adidas D Howard 5

Dwight Howard -- adidas D Howard 5

 

Julius Randle wearing Nike Zoom Soldier 8 Lakers PE

Julius Randle -- Nike Zoom Soldier 8 PE

 

Patrick Beverley wearing adidas D Rose 5 Boost

Patrick Beverley -- adidas D Rose 5 Boost

 

Jeremy Lin wearing adidas Crazyquick 2 Low PE

Jeremy Lin -- adidas Crazyquick 2 Low PE

 

Carlos Boozer wearing Nike Hyperdunk 2014 PE

Carlos Boozer -- Nike Hyperdunk 2014 PE

 

Jason Terry wearing Reebok Kamikaze 2 PE

Jason Terry -- Reebok Kamikaze 2 PE

 

Terrence Jones wearing Air Jordan XIV 14 Ferrari

Terrence Jones -- Air Jordan 14 Retro 'Ferrari'

 

images via Derick E. Hingle, Soobum Im Richard Mackson for USA Today Sports, ESPN, AP