Pelicans mar Paul George's NBA return

Paul George's NBA return for the Los Angeles Clippers was tarnished by poor ball security

Jrue Holiday scored 36 points and stole the ball from Paul George three times in the final minutes to spoil George's NBA season debut as New Orleans beat the Los Angeles Clippers 132-127.

George was playing for the first time since signing as a free agent with the Clippers because he'd been recovering from shoulder surgery last spring.

He did not appear rusty, scoring 33 points in 24 minutes, only to be done in by late turnovers at the hands of Holiday, who finished with six steals, including one on Lou Williams' attempted bounce pass in the final seconds to seal the victory.

J.J. Reddick scored 19 and hit two free throws with 11.4 seconds left to help wrap up just New Orleans' third victory in 11 games this season.

The Clippers played without Kawhi Leonard, who was being rested for the third time this season to ease stress on his sore knee after playing a night earlier in a loss at Houston.

Marcus Morris made a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 13.2 seconds remaining to give the New York Knicks a 106-103 victory over the Dallas Mavericks and rookie Kendrick Nunn scored 23 points to set the scene for Miami's 108-97 victory over Cleveland.

In Milwaukee, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 38 points and Eric Bledsoe added a season-high 31 as the Bucks withstood another historic effort by Chicago rookie Coby White to prevail 124-115.

White shot 5 of 8 from 3-point range in the first half, becoming the youngest player in NBA history to hit five 3-pointers in consecutive games.

The 19-year-old set an NBA rookie record Tuesday night, making seven 3-pointers in the fourth quarter of a 120-102 victory over the New York Knicks. White finished Thursday with a team-high 26 points, including six 3s.

Kelly Oubre Jnr scored a season-high 30 points and Devin Booker added 27 to enable hosts Phoenix to beat the Atlanta Hawks 128-112 while a dominant fourth quarter carried the Denver Nuggets to a 101-93 win over Brooklyn.