LOS ANGELES — DeMarcus Cousins was nervous. His stomach felt tight and filled with butterflies. He grabbed his phone and fired off texts to family and friends. He talked to his brother and sister.

Golden State Coach Steve Kerr and the rest of the Warriors reassured Cousins it wasn’t just about Friday night’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

It’s about the rest of his career.

Making his Warriors debut after being sidelined for nearly a year, the big man called Boogie scored 14 points before fouling out of a 112-94 victory.

“It’s been a long journey,” Cousins said. “This was probably one of the best days of my life being back on the floor playing the game that I love.”

After missing his first shot, Cousins announced his presence with a one-handed slam off Kevin Durant’s bounce pass for the Warriors’ first basket.

“It was like poetry,” teammate Stephen Curry said.

Cousins was called for two fouls in the first three minutes and sat down.

“I’m just glad to know I can still dunk,” he said. “That felt good.”

Cousins joined the lineup at a time when Golden State has won seven in a row and an NBA-leading six straight on the road. Friday was the start of a five-game trip that will take the team back East, giving players time to bond.

“It’s good for him to come in at a time we’re playing well and things are calm,” Kerr said.

“It allows for an easier re-entry.”

As if the Warriors weren’t potent enough with Curry and Durant, Cousins’ return made them the first team in 42 years to start five All-Stars from the previous season.

PELICANS: Anthony Davis a sprained finger that is expected to sideline him up to two weeks.

The star forward hurt his left index finger during the fourth quarter a 128-112 loss at Portland on Friday.


THUNDER 117, 76ERS 115: Paul George converted a four-point play with 5.1 seconds left, sending Russell Westbrook and Oklahoma City to a wild victory in Philadelphia.

George’s clutch shot capped a wild finish that included another memorable exchange with Westbrook and Joel Embiid. Westbrook hit the floor out of bounds under the basket after a foul by Embiid late in the game, and Westbrook fouled out with 14.9 seconds remaining after he got Embiid while shooting a 3-pointer.

HORNETS 135, SUNS 115: Devin Booker scored 32 points and Kelly Ouebre Jr. added 24 and Phoenix won in Charlotte, North Carolina.

PACERS 111, MAVERICKS 99: Tyreke Evans scored 19 points, Domantas Sabonis had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Indiana won at home.

Harrison Barnes scored 20 points for Dallas, and DeAndre Jordan had 15 points and 16 rebounds. But the Mavericks were unable to overcome a lackluster performance by rookie star Luke Doncic. The 6-foot-7 forward scored eight points – his fewest in more than a month – and was ejected for the first time after drawing a second technical with 3 minutes left in the third quarter.

KINGS 103, PISTONS 101: Buddy Hield made an off-balance, fadeaway 3-pointer just before time expired and scored 35 points in Sacramento’s win at Detroit.

Blake Griffin scored 38 points for the Pistons, who had a 12-point lead midway through the fourth.

RAPTORS 119, GRIZZLIES 90: Danny Green scored a season-high 24 points and set a franchise record with seven 3-pointers in the third quarter, and Toronto routed visiting Memphis.

Serge Ibaka scored 18 points, Pascal Siakam had 17 and the Raptors extended their home winning streak to nine. Toronto is 20-4 at home.

Green shot 7 for 9 from 3-point range in the third quarter and Toronto outscored Memphis 45-14 to take a 100-62 lead into the fourth.

BUCKS 118, MAGIC 108: Eric Bledsoe scored 30 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 25 points and 13 rebounds and Milwaukee won at Orlando for its fourth straight victory.

Malcolm Brogdon added 18 points, and Khris Middleton had 15. The Bucks are 11-2 in their last 13 games.

Nikola Vucevic led Orlando with 27 points.