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Cousins to make Warriors debut vs. Clips

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So much for all that early-season talk that the Los Angeles Clippers had somehow broken the Golden State Warriors.

Two months after Warriors standouts Draymond Green and Kevin Durant appeared to have a heated exchange late in a 121-116 overtime defeat to the Clippers, all appears to be just fine in the land of the two-time defending NBA champions.

The Warriors will set foot on the Clippers' home court Friday for the first time since that contentious game on Nov. 12 when Stephen Curry did not play. Durant and Green had an animated conversation on the bench after Green lost control of the ball in the closing seconds of regulation while a wide-open Durant could be seen asking for the ball.

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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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Heat's Waiters fined for postgame tirade

BIRMINGHAM, Michigan (AP) The Miami Heat have fined Dion Waiters an undisclosed amount for his expletive-laden comments about playing time earlier this week.

Waiters made the comments to reporters from two South Florida newspapers after Miami's lopsided loss in Milwaukee on Tuesday night. The Heat were off Wednesday and announced the fine Thursday.

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Kuzma has 32, Lakers win at OKC in OT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The young Los Angeles Lakers matured on Thursday night.

With four-time MVP LeBron James still sidelined by a left groin strain, Kyle Kuzma scored 32 points to help the Lakers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 138-128 in overtime.

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Siakam beats buzzer, Raptors get by Suns

TORONTO (AP) The Phoenix Suns figured Toronto guard Kyle Lowry was going to take the decisive shot. Pascal Siakam and the Raptors had other plans.

Siakam scored the winning basket just before time expired, leading the Raptors to a 111-109 victory over the Suns on Thursday night.

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Nuggets roll, home streak vs. Bulls 12

DENVER (AP) The pledge from Jamal Murray: More effort. The promise from Nikola Jokic: More aggressiveness.

It added up to just the sort of confidence-restoring, bounce-back performance the Denver Nuggets needed.

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Walker passes 11,000 points, Hornets win

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Coach James Borrego says the Charlotte Hornets can beat any team in the NBA if they bring defensive intensity.

The challenge is getting that effort every game.

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Wizards top Knicks on goaltending at 0.4

LONDON (AP) When Bradley Beal felt his legs go out beneath him, likely ending his chances of scoring the go-ahead basket for the Washington Wizards, he spotted Thomas Bryant standing alone in the lane.

Beal dropped the ball off to Bryant, who was awarded two points after Allonzo Trier was called for goaltending on his layup attempt with 0.4 seconds remaining, and the Wizards claimed a 101-100 victory over the New York Knicks at The O2 Arena on Thursday night.

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