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Kevin Durant scores 27 in season debut, but Pelicans beat Thunder

Kevin Durant makes his season debut and scores 27 points in Oklahoma City's 112-104 loss at New Orleans

Kevin Durant returned from a foot injury and scored 27 points in his season debut for Oklahoma City, but Tyreke Evans and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the visiting Thunder, 112-104, on Tuesday night.

Durant, the league's most valuable player last season, played nearly 30 minutes, looking healthy whether he was throwing down a driving, two-handed dunk or snapping off one of his three three-point baskets. Durant, who had surgery on Oct. 16, made nine of 18 shots.

Evans scored 15 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter. Anthony Davis had 25 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks for the Pelicans.

Jrue Holiday had 23 points and 10 assists while Ryan Anderson had 23 points and 11 rebounds as New Orleans snapped a three-game skid.

Russell Westbrook, in his second game back from a hand injury, scored 21 for the Thunder. But he was not nearly as efficient as his previous game, when he scored 32 points in about 24 minutes in a win over New York.

Dallas 132, at Chicago 129 (2 OT): Monta Ellis hit three foul shots with 1.2 seconds left in the fourth quarter to tie it, then made a go-ahead three-point shot late in the second overtime for the Mavericks. Ellis finished with 38 points as Dallas won its fourth straight game. The Bulls' Derrick Rose banked in a three-point shot at the buzzer to force a second overtime.

at Cleveland 111, Milwaukee 108: Kyrie Irving scored 28 points, Kevin Love scored 27, and LeBron James added 26 with 10 assists for the Cavaliers, who won their fourth in a row. Brandon Knight scored 24 and 19-year-old rookie Jabari Parker, the No. 2 overall pick in this year's draft, had 22 points for the Bucks.

Portland 105, at Denver 103: LaMarcus Aldridge scored a season-high 39 points for the Trail Blazers and set up the winning basket on a pass inside to Robin Lopez with 1.3 seconds left. Aldridge also had 11 rebounds for his fifth double-double in six games.

at Phoenix 116, Indiana 99: Goran Dragic scored 34 points, Eric Bledsoe had 27 and the Suns won their fourth straight over the Pacers. Dragic scored 22 points in the first half and Bledsoe scored 21 in the second half.

at Atlanta 109, Boston 105: Kyle Korver scored 24 points and the Hawks rallied from a 23-point deficit in the first half to win their third consecutive game. Korver made six of his seven shots from three-point range. Jeff Green and Jared Sullinger had 25 points apiece for the Celtics, who have lost five in a row and eight of nine.

Brooklyn 98, at New York 93: Brook Lopez scored 23 points, Joe Johnson added 22 and the Nets improved to 2-0 against their city rivals. Carmelo Anthony had 20 points, nine rebounds and six assists, but missed a potential tying three-point shot with about five seconds left as the Knicks lost their fifth straight.

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