Stepehn Curry exploded for 35 points in the 3rd quarter against the Clippers.

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Well-rested on fresh legs, Stephen Curry found his 3-point touch during one phenomenal flurry in one game-breaking quarter.

Draymond Green got hit with a technical while walking away and let his usual fire fly at coach Steve Kerr in the aftermath. They laughed about it later.

Kevin Durant brought some postgame comedy -- "I got a couple of jokey jokes." The Golden State Warriors returned to full strength and sure look poised to play for the long haul.

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Willy Cauley-Stein with a monster dunk, part of his career-high 29 points.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Playing behind All-Star DeMarcus Cousins the past two years, Willie Cauley-Stein has been patiently waiting for his chance with the Sacramento Kings.

When he got the opportunity for extended playing time, he came through in a big way.

Cauley-Stein had a career-high 29 points and 10 rebounds to help the Kings, playing for the first time since trading Cousins, beat the Denver Nuggets 116-100 Thursday night.

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LeBron James had a triple double against New York, 18 points 13 rebounds 15 assists, his sixth of the season.

CLEVELAND -- Carmelo Anthony was still a member of the New York Knicks when he awoke from his afternoon nap Thursday.

Once the game started, the Cleveland Cavaliers made sure the Knicks' nightmarish season continued.

LeBron James recorded his 48th career triple-double and Kyrie Irving scored 23 points, leading the Cavaliers to a 119-104 victory over the Knicks, who hung on to Anthony and Derrick Rose at the trade deadline.

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In his first game since being traded to New Orleans, DeMarcus Cousins records 27 points and 14 rebounds but the Pelicans lose to the Rockets 129-99.

NEW ORLEANS -- What a bummer of a beginning to the Boogie-and-Brow era in the Big Easy.

The Pelicans' tandem of newly acquired All-Star DeMarcus Cousins and All-Star Game MVP Anthony Davis was no match for the surging Houston Rockets on Thursday night.

Reserve Lou Williams hit seven 3-pointers and scored 27 points in his Rockets debut, and Houston crushed New Orleans, 129-99.

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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 33 against Charlotte.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- As exasperated as he can look on the sideline sometimes, Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy says he actually doesn't give players too hard a time about shot selection.

Sometimes, a player needs the freedom to keep shooting, like when Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored the Pistons' last 11 points of regulation to force overtime.

"For a guy like Pope to go on a streak like that, he's got to be a bit of a gunslinger and not be worried about what's going on," Van Gundy said. "He's not going to get on those kinds of streaks if you're going to discourage him from shooting the ball."

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The Blazers utilize a 26-9 fourth-quarter run and Damian Lillard dropping 33 points en route to a 112-103 win over the Magic.

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Damian Lillard felt fresh after the All-Star break.

Aside from going to the Trail Blazers facility for treatment each morning, Lillard spent the majority of his time at home watching television, relaxing and consuming water. If his first game back from break was any indication, it was exactly what he needed.

Lillard scored 17 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter to rally struggling Portland to a 112-103 victory over the Orlando Magic on Thursday night.

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The Knicks' engaging in trade talks for Derrick Rose at the deadline could show their interest in re-signing him as a free agent isn't strong. Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

CLEVELAND -- For much of Thursday afternoon, the Knicks and Timberwolves were locked in a staring contest in their talks on a potential Derrick Rose deal.

Phil Jackson and the Knicks were looking for a second asset in a potential Rose-for-Ricky Rubio swap, per sources. The Timberwolves were unwilling to give up that second asset, whether it was a draft pick or a player. They made that stance clear as late as a half-hour before the deadline. It became a matter of who would blink first.

Shortly before the deadline, sources say members of the Knicks organization lowered their demands of that second asset. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Knicks eventually offered the Wolves a Rubio-for-Rose trade, straight up.

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