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Lakers rout Mavs in Ball's return

Isaiah Thomas made his home debut for his new team Friday night, contributing 17 points to the Los Angeles Lakers' ninth consecutive home win in beating the Dallas Mavericks 124-102 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Harris, Jokic lead Nuggets past Spurs

Gary Harris scored 23 points, including six in the final minutes during a crucial, decisive run, as the Denver Nuggets outlasted the San Antonio Spurs 122-119 on Friday at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

Davis scores 45 as Pels edge Heat in OT

Jrue Holiday made the game-winning basket with seven seconds left in support of Anthony Davis' 45 points as the New Orleans Pelicans edged the Miami Heat 124-123 in overtime Friday night at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.

Clippers score 40 in first quarter, rout Suns

Sixth Man of the Year candidate Lou Williams had 35 points off the bench and Tobias Harris had 30 points and 12 rebounds as the Los Angeles Clippers blitzed the Phoenix Suns early and rolled to a 128-117 victory at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix on Friday.

Bucks snap Raptors' streak with OT win

Milwaukee forward Giannis Antetokounmpo had 26 points and 12 rebounds and Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe had 21 points apiece when the Bucks opened their post-break season with a 122-119 overtime victory over the Eastern Division-leading Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre on Friday.

Rockets rout Timberwolves for 11th straight win

Clint Capela was a stabilizing force in the paint as the Houston Rockets extended their winning streak to 11 games with a 120-102 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday at Toyota Center.

Pacers pick up where they left off, rout Hawks

Thaddeus Young scored 20 points and Victor Oladipo showed off his playmaking abilities on an off-shooting night as the Indiana Pacers hammered the visiting Atlanta Hawks 116-93 Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

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Former Trump campaign aide pleads guilty in Russia probe

WASHINGTON A former senior official in Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, Rick Gates, pleaded guilty on Friday to conspiracy against the United States and lying to investigators, and he is cooperating with a federal probe into Russia's role in the election. | Video

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