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James to make LA home debut vs. Rockets

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LeBron James will make his regular-season home debut as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers when they host the Houston Rockets on Saturday night.

James, a four-time NBA most valuable player, signed with the Lakers in July after leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to four straight NBA Final appearances, including their first championship in 2016.

He has played in every NBA Finals since 2010, also winning titles in 2012 and 2013 with the Miami Heat.

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Butler has 33 amid boos, Wolves top Cavs

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Jimmy Butler's trade request last month instantly turned him from fan favorite to scorned superstar in Minnesota.

With some hustle steals and highlight-reel baskets, he quickly had the crowd at the home opener on his side.

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Jerebko tip at 0.3 gets Warriors by Jazz

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Jonas Jerebko returned to Utah and got what he was looking for.

Jerebko crashed the basket and tipped in a shot against his former team with 0.3 seconds remaining to lift the Golden State Warriors to a 124-123 victory over the Jazz on Friday night.

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Mirotic has 36 of Pelicans' 149 in win

NEW ORLEANS (AP) When Anthony Davis wasn't soaring to the rim to slam down alley-oop lobs, Nikola Mirotic was burying a barrage of 3s that had the crowd chanting his name.

By the end of the night, the New Orleans Pelicans were getting a standing ovation for their highest single-game point total in franchise history.

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Leonard's 31 lift Raptors over Celtics

TORONTO (AP) Kawhi Leonard isn't quite back up to speed after missing most of last season.

That's just fine with the Toronto Raptors. They are plenty happy with the way Leonard is playing right now.

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Giannis has 26-15, Bucks attempt 47 3s

MILWAUKEE (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo's inside game is setting up the Bucks' new-look, long-range attack.

Antetokounmpo had 26 points and 15 rebounds and Khris Middleton added 25 points to help Milwaukee beat the Indiana Pacers 118-101 on Friday night in the regular-season opener in the new Fiserv Forum.

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Hornets win 12th straight vs. Magic

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Charlotte Hornets have owned the Orlando Magic the last three seasons and nobody is more responsible than Kemba Walker.

Walker missed his first five shots, didn't score until midway through the second period and finished with 26 points as Charlotte beat Orlando 120-88 on Friday night.

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Clippers dominate 4th quarter, beat OKC

LOS ANGELES (AP) These new-look Clippers like each other.

With stars Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan cleared out, Los Angeles is looking to compete with a mix of veterans and youngsters who came together to earn their first win of the season.

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LeVert's last-second layup lifts Nets

NEW YORK (AP) Caris LeVert had the ball in his hands in the final seconds and the chance to give his team the lead.

Two nights earlier, he fumbled it away.

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Temple scores 30, Grizzlies beat Hawks

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies' newcomers made a fine first impression on the home crowd.

Garrett Temple, picked up in a trade from Sacramento, scored 30 points, rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. added 24 as the Grizzlies built a first-half lead and coasted to a 131-117 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.

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