Warriors' Kerr returns

– Coach Steve Kerr was ready to return to the Golden State Warriors' bench Friday night after a leave of absence dating to the first week of training camp in October as he recovered from complications following two back surgeries.

The defending champion Warriors made the announcement Friday that he would coach Golden State against Indiana at Oracle Arena, where the Warriors will try to win their 38th straight regular-season home game to tie the 1985-86 Celtics for third place on the all-time list for such streaks. The Warriors went 39-4 in Kerr's absence and are 19-0 at home this season. "Can't wait to be back out there," said Kerr, 50, who had been dealing with headaches and other issues after the operations that followed Golden State's first championship in 40 years. He watched the team's record 24-0 start from behind the scenes.

HIGHLIGHTS

•WALKER SCORES 40 TO RALLY CHARLOTTE: Kemba Walker had 40 points and nine assists, and Spencer Hawes made a go-ahead three-pointer with 17 seconds left in overtime to rally the visiting Hornets to a 120-116 victory over the Orlando Magic.

•ROCKETS END SKID: James Harden scored 30 points and Houston ended a two-game skid with a 102-98 win at home over the Milwaukee Bucks. The Rockets closed the third quarter with a 14-2 run to turn a one-point game into a double-digit lead entering the fourth.

•BOSTON HOLDS OFF RALLY: Isaiah Thomas scored 22 points and the Celtics held off a rally in the fourth quarter to beat the Chicago Bulls 110-101 in Boston. Avery Bradley added 21 points.

•CLIPPERS ROUT KNICKS: DeAndre Jordan scored 20 points on 7-for-7 shooting, Chris Paul had 16 points, 13 assists and six rebounds, and visiting Los Angeles routed New York 116-88. The duo hooked up on a few alley-oops during the game. The win came after the Clippers traded Josh Smith to the Houston Rockets. Smith finished last season with the Rockets before signing in the offseason with the Los Angeles, where he played in 32 games this season.

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