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James struggles, Knicks spoil homecoming

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CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James shot miserably. His passes were errant. He didn't look good doing much other than tossing powder in the air.

His homecoming was horrendous.

"I didn't press," James said, dismissing nerves as a factor. "I didn't do much."

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Westbrook hurts hand, Clips hold off OKC

LOS ANGELES (AP) Blake Griffin scored 23 points, making two free throws with five seconds left, Chris Paul added 22 and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 93-90 in their season opener on Thursday night to usher in a new era under owner Steve Ballmer.

Los Angeles hardly resembled its new ad campaign of "Be Relentless" early on, when the Thunder scored the game's first eight points as Ballmer cupped his hands and yelled to his team from his baseline seat near their bench.

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Wall has 30 as Wizards hang on vs. Magic

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The thing that gnawed at Washington coach Randy Wittman most about his team's season-opening loss at Miami was its lack of defensive intensity.

The Wizards took notice in their second outing of the season.

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Mavs beat Jazz 120-102 in home opener

DALLAS (AP) Tyson Chandler pumped up the crowd with three alley-oop dunks in the first quarter. All J.J. Barea had to do to get a standing ovation was enter the game off the bench.

A couple of key pieces from the only championship team in Dallas franchise history were finally wearing the same uniform as Dirk Nowitzki again.

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Young's late 3 helps Wolves beat Pistons

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves' youth movement is in full effect, with Andrew Wiggins and Co. ushering in a new era in the wake of Kevin Love's departure.

When it came to winning time on Thursday night, however, it was all veterans on the floor. And that's what makes coach Flip Saunders believe the rebuilding effort won't be as drastic as some people expect.

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Spurs' Leonard to play against Suns

SAN ANTONIO (AP) NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard is set to make his season debut for the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night against the Phoenix Suns.

The Spurs made the announcement on Thursday. Leonard missed the final six preseason games and the season opener against Dallas due to an infection in his right eye.

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Knicks PG Calderon out at least 2 weeks

CLEVELAND (AP) New York Knicks starting point guard Jose Calderon is expected to miss at least two weeks with a sprained right calf.

Calderon, who was acquired in a June trade from Dallas as part of the deal for Tyson Chandler, underwent an MRI in New York on Thursday. Coach Derek Fisher hopes to have Calderon back "in a few weeks."

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Warriors pick up Barnes, Ezeli options

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Golden State Warriors have picked up the fourth-year options on the contracts of forward Harrison Barnes and center Festus Ezeli for next season.

The Warriors also announced Thursday night that they declined the third-year option on guard Nemanja Nedovic's deal for next season. He was the only player on the active roster who did not play in Golden State's season-opening 95-77 win at Sacramento on Wednesday night.

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Lakers rookie F Randle out for season

LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles Lakers rookie forward Julius Randle is expected to miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on his broken right leg.

The seventh overall pick out of Kentucky broke his leg in the fourth quarter of his NBA debut in Los Angeles' season-opening loss to the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night. Randle was strapped to a wheeled stretcher and taken off the Staples Center court after colliding with two Rockets and landing awkwardly with 6:46 to play.

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Warriors roll past Kings in Kerr's debut

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The only thing Steve Kerr lost in his coaching debut was his voice.

Stephen Curry had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Klay Thompson scored 19 points and the undermanned Golden State Warriors made Kerr a winner in his first game, shaking off a slow start to roll past the Sacramento Kings 95-77 on Wednesday night in the regular-season opener for both teams.

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