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Cousins has 14 in debut, Warriors' run 7

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LOS ANGELES (AP) DeMarcus Cousins couldn't wipe the smile off his face.

The usually scowling big man was back Friday night after being sidelined for nearly a year. He scored 14 points in his Warriors debut, a 112-94 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

"I felt like a kid on Christmas," Cousins said. "This was probably one of the best days of my life being back on the floor playing the game that I love."

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Popovich ties record for most road wins

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Under coach Gregg Popovich, the San Antonio Spurs have been consistent winners. That includes when they go on the road - and anywhere they play the Minnesota Timberwolves.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 25 points, Rudy Gay added 22 and the Spurs held on to give Popovich another milestone victory in a 116-113 win against the Timberwolves on Friday night.

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Russell scores 40, Nets rally past Magic

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) This winning thing has become a habit for the Brooklyn Nets - and apparently no deficit is too large to overcome lately.

D'Angelo Russell matched his career high with 40 points and the Brooklyn Nets came back after trailing by as many as 21 points to beat the Orlando Magic 117-115 on Friday night.

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Irving has 20 of 38 in 3rd, Celtics win

BOSTON (AP) Kyrie Irving's 20-point third quarter wasn't quite enough for the Boston Celtics to put away the Memphis Grizzlies.

The star guard scored eight more in the fourth, finishing with 38 points and 11 assists while leading the Celtics to a 122-116 victory Friday night.

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Jazz rout Cavs for sixth straight win

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah's resurgent ability to take over a game on defense is once again turning the Jazz into a difficult matchup for NBA teams.

It showed in a 115-99 victory over Cleveland on Friday night.

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Lillard helps Blazers roll by Pelicans

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Giving up 20 points in a quarter to a reserve forward may have been just the thing to let New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry air his many grievances with his team's defense.

Damian Lillard scored 22 points and eight assists to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 128-112 win over the Pelicans on Friday night.

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Pistons hold on vs. Heat, Drummond hurt

DETROIT (AP) Blake Griffin had 32 points and 11 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons overcame an early exit by injured Andre Drummond to beat the Miami Heat 98-93 on Friday night.

Dwyane Wade scored 20 points for the Heat, but missed badly on an off-balance 3-pointer in the final seconds that could have tied the game.

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Bulls expect Carter to miss 8-12 weeks

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls expect prized rookie center Wendell Carter Jr. to miss eight to 12 weeks because of a left thumb injury.

The team said Friday that surgery has been recommended for Carter, who was hurt Tuesday against the Lakers.

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Embiid, Butler help 76ers roll in Indy

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) If the Philadelphia 76ers are going to move up in the Eastern Conference standings, they might do it on the strength of their passing.

Joel Embiid had 22 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists Thursday night to lead the Sixers to their seventh win in nine games, a 120-96 blowout of the Indiana Pacers.

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Silver backs Kanter's London decision

LONDON (AP) NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday that the safety and security of players will always be paramount for the league after New York Knicks center Enes Kanter did not travel to London for his team's game against the Washington Wizards.

Kanter said he feared he could be attacked or killed over his opposition to Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan if he were to travel to London. Istanbul-based newspaper Daily Sabah reported that an arrest warrant was issued for Kanter by Turkish prosecutors on Wednesday.

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