Thomas returns as Cavs win
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CLEVELAND (AP) - Isaiah Thomas finally made his debut for Cleveland as the Cavaliers downed the Portland Trail Blazers 127-110 on Tuesday night. Thomas scored 17 points in 19 minutes in his first game since May 19 when a serious hip injury ended his postseason with Boston. LeBron James led the Cavs with 24 points and Kevin Love added 19. Damian Lillard scored 25 for the Blazers after missing five games with a hamstring injury.

 In other NBA action:
  • LaMarcus Aldridge scored 29 points, Kawhi Leonard had a season-high 25 and the San Antonio Spurs beat the New York Knicks 100-91 to give Gregg Popovich sole possession of fifth place on the NBA's coaching wins list. Popovich has 1,176 victories, all with the Spurs. The five-time champion broke a tie with his friend George Karl. Manu Ginobili finished with 12 points.

  • Devin Booker sank three free throws to put Phoenix ahead with 12.3 seconds to play and the Suns rallied in the final 2 1/2 minutes to beat the Atlanta Hawks 104-103. The Suns' Marquese Chriss blocked Taurean Prince's inside shot with seven seconds left to preserve the victory. With the Hawks needing a 3-poitner to tie it, Dennis Schroder instead drove for a layup just before the final buzzer.

  • Dwight Howard had 20 points and eight rebounds, Kemba Walker added 12 points and 10 assists and the Charlotte Hornets built a big early lead and beat the Sacramento Kings 131-111. Nicolas Batum scored 21 points, Jeremy Lamb added 16, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marvin Williams had 10 points apiece to help the Hornets to their third consecutive win in Sacramento.

  • Lou Williams scored 33 points off the bench to lead to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to their fourth consecutive win, 113-105 over the Memphis Grizzlies. Blake Griffin added 21 points for the Clippers, including five down the stretch after the Grizzlies had erased most of an 11-point, fourth-quarter deficit to close within 103-101. Tyreke Evans led Memphis with 18 points, six assists and five rebounds. Mario Chalmers had 15 points off the bench.

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