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HOUSTON — In his first season with the Golden State Warriors, DeMarcus Cousins hasn’t quite adjusted to the level of scrutiny and interest that comes with playing for the defending back-to-back NBA champions.

After his best game of the season Wednesday night in a win over the Houston Rockets, Cousins likened the media frenzy surrounding the team to a soap opera his grandmother watched every day when he was a child.

“I’m sure y’all have heard of it — “As the World Turns.” She called it her stories. I used to watch it with her and every episode it was something,” he said. “That’s what this has turned into — “As the World Turns.””

So does Cousins, who scored a season-high 27 points to help end Houston’s nine-game winning streak with a 106-104 win, want to star in the basketball version of the show?

“No I don’t,” he said. “I play basketball. I don’t look for the drama or stories or anything like that. I just want to go play basketball.”

Some have wondered if Cousins is a good fit with this fast-paced team and there have been some growing pains as he’s been worked into the team after missing the first 47 games this season recovering from an Achilles’ tendon injury.

Also Wednesday:

Thunder 108, Nets 96: OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook scored 31 points in his 26th triple-double of the season, and Oklahoma City beat Brooklyn. Westbrook added 12 rebounds and 11 assists for the 130th triple-double of his career.

Heat 108, Pistons 74: MIAMI — Justise Winslow scored 16 points and Miami opened the second half with a 21-0 run on the way to an easy win. It was the biggest spurt and largest victory margin this season for the Heat, who are trying to hang on in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Dion Waiters scored 14 points and Dwyane Wade had 11.

Wizards 100, Magic 90: WASHINGTON, D.C. — Bradley Beal scored 23 points, Thomas Bryant had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Washington made up a little ground in the Eastern Conference playoff race with a win over Orlando.

Hawks 132, Grizzlies 111: ATLANTA — John Collins had 27 points and 12 rebounds, Trae Young added 22 points and Atlanta snapped Memphis’ three-game winning streak.

Jazz 114, Suns 97: PHOENIX — Donovan Mitchell scored 16 of his 26 points in the second half to lead Utah. Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert added 18 points apiece for the Jazz.

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