The Associated Press

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NEW YORK — When Jusuf Nurkic went to the bench, the Portland Trail Blazers inserted a player who barely knew their offense.

Imagine how good Portland’s center combination can be once Enes Kanter gets up to speed.

Nurkic had 27 points and 12 rebounds, Kanter added 18 points and nine boards in his Portland debut, and the Trail Blazers beat the Brooklyn Nets 113-99 on Thursday night.

“Obviously, our two big guys really dominated inside,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said.

The tandem was so good that the Trail Blazers didn’t even need a big night from All-Star guard Damian Lillard, who was just 5 for 21 from the field. He finished with 13 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

“They’re going to change the dynamic for a lot of teams, how they guard us obviously,” Blazers guard C.J. McCollum said.

Kanter signed last week with the Blazers after losing his job with the Knicks and then getting his release after they could not find a deal before the trade deadline. He made his first seven shots and finished 8 for 9, missing only a 3-pointer, as the Blazers relied on a steady diet of pick-and-rolls when he was in to compensate for his unfamiliarity with their sets.

Languishing on the bench during much of what became an 18-game losing streak for the Knicks, Kanter was excited to be on the floor in meaningful situations.

“Last time I got a win I think it was like almost two months,” he said.

Also Thursday:

Bucks 98, Celtics 97: MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 12 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, Khris Middleton hit a 3-pointer in the closing seconds and Milwaukee held off Boston.

76ers 106, Heat 102: PHILADELPHIA — Tobias Harris had 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, J.J. Redick hit a late 3-pointer and Philadelphia overcame All-Star center Joel Embiid’s absence to beat Miami.

Cavaliers 111, Suns 98: CLEVELAND — Cedi Osman scored 19 points, Kevin Love had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Cleveland sent Phoenix to its franchise-record 16th straight loss.

Lakers 111, Rockets 106: LOS ANGELES — LeBron James scored 29 points, Brandon Ingram added 27 and Los Angeles rallied from a 19-point deficit midway through the third quarter. It is Los Angeles’ sixth comeback victory this season when trailing by 15 or more at any point. James Harden led Houston with 30 points.

Warriors 125, Kings 123: OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry scored 36 points, hitting 10 3-pointers, and Golden State survived a hectic finish to beat Sacramento. Kevin Durant added 28 points, nine rebounds and tied his career-high with seven blocks. DeMarcus Cousins had 17 points and 10 rebounds in his first game against his former team since signing with the Warriors this past offseason.

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