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Best of NBA: Curry, Thompson, Durant lead Warriors comeback over Pelicans

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Best of NBA: Curry, Thompson, Durant lead Warriors comeback over Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS — Klay Thomspon scored 31 points, Stephen Curry added 28 and the Golden State Warriors easily erased a 15-point first-half deficit en route to a 128-120 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night.

Kevin Durantadded 22 points for the Warriors, who won for the first time this young season after dropping their opener to Houston. New Orleans is still looking for its first victory after two games, shooting well early in both games before fading in the second half.

Anthony Davis had 35 points and 17 rebounds for the Pelicans, while fellow big man DeMarcus Cousins also had 35 points.

The teams combined for 34 3-pointers, with the Warriors hitting 18. Thompson was 7 of 12 from deep.

After trailing by double digits much of the fourth quarter, the Pelicans pulled as close as five points down on Cousins' 3 with about three minutes to go. But Thompson responded immediately with a 3, and Golden State remained comfortably in control from there (see full recap). 

Ball flirts with triple-double, Lakers hold on to beat Suns​
PHOENIX — Lonzo Ball barely missed a triple-double with 29 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists in his second NBA game and the Los Angeles Lakers held on to beat the Phoenix Suns 132-130 on Friday night.

The Suns had a chance to tie it with 1.2 seconds to play, but T.J. Warren missed the first of two free throws. That meant he had to miss the second intentionally and hope for a rebound, but the Suns couldn't get a decent shot off before the buzzer.

Ball, the No. 2 overall pick this year who is a week shy of his 20th birthday, took over down the stretch, scoring eight points in a 2 1/2-minute span. His final basket during that run, a floating layup, put Los Angeles ahead 130-122 with 1:35 to play.

But the Suns came roaring back behind Eric Bledsoe and Devin Booker, whose 3-pointer with 6.4 seconds left cut it to 131-130. Brandon Ingram made one of two free throws to give Phoenix one last chance and Warren was fouled by Ingram on an inbounds play.

The free throw was off the back of the rim, though, and the Lakers survived (see full recap). 

Nets beat Magic in first game without Lin despite Vucevic’s career-high 41 points
NEW YORK — Jeremy Lin was in the hospital Friday, rather than joining his teammates for their home opener.

The Brooklyn Nets are going to miss him, but they showed they still have plenty of firepower without him.

D’Angelo Russell, Trevor Booker and DeMarre Carroll all scored 17 points, and the Nets beat the Orlando Magic 126-121.

Brooklyn had six players in double figures, three more with nine points and got 64 points from its reserves to bounce back after yielding 140 points Wednesday night in a season-opening loss to Indiana.

Lin ruptured the patella tendon in his right knee late in that game and had season-ending surgery Friday morning (see full recap). 

James and Korver heat up from 3, Cavs beat Bucks
MILWAUKEE — Lebron James had 24 points and eight assists, and Kyle Korver hit three straight 3s in a decisive third-quarter run to help the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 116-97 on Friday night.

Kevin Love added 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavs. Their 15-5 spurt over the final 4:25 of the third quarter, sparked by Korver's long-range shooting, opened a 13-point lead. Cleveland led by double digits most of the rest of the way to spoil the Bucks' home opener.

The defending Eastern Conference champions started the season with a second straight victory over an East contender after beating the Boston Celtics in their home opener.

Korver finished with 17 points and was 5 of 6 from 3-point territory.

Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo had 34 points on 15-of-22 shooting, along with eight rebounds and eight assists. Malcolm Brogdon had 16 points (see full recap). 

NBA Notes: Gordon Hayward visits with Miami Heat

NBA Notes: Gordon Hayward visits with Miami Heat

Gordon Hayward was greeted on Saturday by an image of himself wearing a Miami Heat uniform.

Soon, the Heat will know if their vision becomes reality.

With coaches, staff and some current players helping to lay out the red carpet, the Heat made their pitch to the All-Star forward -- who is also expected to speak with Boston and Utah in the coming days before announcing his decision.

A person with direct knowledge of the meeting told The Associated Press that Hayward was at the arena where the Heat play for several hours, getting a feel for many aspects of the team's operation and emphasis on their culture. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because neither the Heat nor Hayward revealed any details publicly (see full story).

Warriors: Iguodala, West to re-sign
OAKLAND, Calif. -- About as quickly as they can blow games open with big runs, the high-flying Golden State Warriors are keeping their roster intact for another championship chase.

Key reserve Andre Iguodala announced his own re-signing Saturday night on Twitter, reaching agreement on a $48 million, three-year contract in which all the money is guaranteed, a person with direct knowledge of the deal said. The person spoke on condition of anonymity late Saturday because terms hadn't been publicly disclosed.

Fresh off his first career title, David West is coming back for what is expected to be his final NBA season. Reserve guard Shaun Livingston has a new deal, too (see full story).

Cavaliers: Calderon agrees on veteran's minimum
CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed to a contract with veteran Jose Calderon to back up All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving.

Calderon's agency, Priority Sports, confirmed the deal Saturday on Twitter, and a person with knowledge of the details says it's for the veteran's minimum, about $2.3 million in Calderon's case. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal cannot be signed until Thursday, when the NBA's moratorium ends.

The Cavaliers struggled to find a replacement for Matthew Dellavedova after he left for the Milwaukee Bucks last summer. They tried rookie Kay Felder as Irving's backup and signed veteran Deron Williams later in the season.

Calderon played for the Lakers and Atlanta last season, his 12th in the NBA. The 35-year-old Spanish native has averaged 9.6 points and 6.2 assists in 789 games.

Hornets: Carter-Williams gets 1-year deal
A person with knowledge of the details says Michael Carter-Williams has agreed to a one-year contract with the Charlotte Hornets.

The former Rookie of the Year will get $2.7 million to join All-Star Kemba Walker as Charlotte's point guards, the person told The Associated Press on Saturday. The person was spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal cannot be official until the NBA's free agent moratorium ends Thursday.

Carter-Williams was the league's top rookie playing for Philadelphia in 2014 but hasn't matched that success after being traded to Milwaukee and then spending last season with Chicago. He averaged 6.6 points while limited to 45 games because of injuries and the Bulls' crowded backcourt.

The deal was first reported by The Charlotte Observer.

Cavaliers: Korver offered new contract
A person familiar with the decision says the Cleveland Cavaliers have offered free agent Kyle Korver a new contract.

The person says the expected move came after the free agency negotiating period opened at 12:01 a.m. Saturday. The person spoke to The Associated Press Saturday on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced.

Korver made $5.2 million last season. He joined the Cavs midway through last season, coming over in a trade from Atlanta. He is one of the league's best outside shooters is expected to draw interest from other teams but the 36-year-old has expressed a desire to stay with Cleveland after making it to his first NBA Finals.

Korver led the league in 3-point percentage (45) and averaged 10.8 points in 35 games for the Cavs.

Pistons: Galloway agrees to 3-year deal
A person with knowledge of the situation says free agent point guard Langston Galloway has agreed to a three-year deal with the Detroit Pistons.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal cannot be finalized until the July 6 end of the moratorium. ESPN first reported the agreement, saying it was a $21 million deal.

Detroit would be Galloway's fourth team in four NBA seasons, after stints with New York, New Orleans and Sacramento. He averaged 7.9 points in 74 games with the Pelicans and Kings last season, and has averaged 8.7 points in 201 career NBA games.

NBA Notes: Pacers' Paul George reportedly traded to Thunder

NBA Notes: Pacers' Paul George reportedly traded to Thunder

Two people with knowledge of the details say the Indiana Pacers have agreed to trade Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis in a stunning deal that gives MVP Russell Westbrook a new running mate.

The people said teams came together on the trade Friday just hours before the free agent market was set to open. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade was not official.

George told the Pacers recently that he planned to leave as a free agent next summer, forcing the team to find a trade before losing him for nothing. The All-Star forward averaged a career-best 23.7 points last season in leading Indiana to the first round of the playoffs.

The trade was first reported by ESPN (see full story).

Timberwolves: Rubio traded to Jazz to clear cap space
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Timberwolves have reached an agreement to send point guard Ricky Rubio to the Utah Jazz to clear salary cap space for a big run in free agency.

A person with direct knowledge of the deal says the two sides agreed to the move on Friday, hours before free agency opened. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because neither team had announced the move. The Jazz needed to make the deal before July 1 or would have lost the salary cap room necessary to pull it off.

Rubio's arrival likely means the end of George's Hills run in Utah.

Rubio spent six seasons in Minnesota, delighting Wolves fans with flashy passing and an approachable nature while also suffering through losing season after losing season (see full story).

Bulls: Veteran point guard Rajon Rondo waived
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bulls have waived veteran point guard Rajon Rondo.

The Bulls bought out Rondo for $3 million Friday rather than exercise a $13.4 million option for next season. He signed a two-year deal to come to Chicago last summer.

The 31-year-old Rondo was in and out of the rotation, chided Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade for criticizing the team's effort and finished the season on a strong note before missing the final four playoff games against Boston because of a broken right thumb.

The four-time All-Star averaged 7.8 points and 6.7 assists. The Bulls had said Rondo would probably be back, but he became expendable when they acquired Kris Dunn from Minnesota in the Butler trade on draft night.

Chicago also waived guard Isaiah Canaan (see full story).

Cavaliers: Team to make offer to keep Kyle Korver
CLEVELAND -- Unable to chase any high-profile free agents, the Cavaliers want to retain one of their own.

With an eye on closing the gap on Golden State after losing in the NBA Finals, the Cavs will extend a contract offer to free agent forward Kyle Korver after the negotiating period begins at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, a person familiar with the decision told the Associated Press on Friday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team is not discussing its plans in free agency.

Korver is a high priority for the Cavs, who are restricted from making any major signings because they're over the salary cap.

Free agents can agree to deals during the league's moratorium but can't sign until July 6.

The 36-year-old Korver, though, remains one of the best outside shooters in league history and has expressed an interest in staying with Cleveland after making it to the finals for the first time in his career last season.

Korver averaged 10.7 points and shot 49 percent on 3-pointers in 35 games for Cleveland after coming over in a trade from Atlanta in January. Overall, he made a league-high 45 percent of his 3s.

Korver struggled in the playoffs, averaging 5.8 points, and he missed a critical 3-pointer in the final minute of Game 3 of the finals that could have trimmed Golden State's lead in the series. The Warriors eventually dethroned the Cavs in five games (see full story).