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Collins makes US sport history

Jason Collins has become the first openly gay man to appear in any of the four pro American sports leagues after playing for the Brooklyn Nets.

Collins revealed he is gay last April, and after signing a short-term contract with the Nets, made his debut against the Lakers in Los Angeles.

He came onto the court with 10:28 left to a warm reception from the crowd, and although he did not score a point he helped the Nets and an 11-game losing run to the Lakers.

Collins finished with no points, two rebounds, one steal and five fouls in 11 minutes as Brooklyn won 108-102.

On his reception he said: "I thought it was great. Being an LA kid, I can't think of a better situation, playing for the Nets and playing here and getting the win. Just glad Kobe (Bryant) and Shaq (O'Neal) weren't out there.

"The most important thing is the team got the win. I don't care about scoring. I care about my team winning.

"For me, the pressure is playing in an NBA game tonight and last time I played in an NBA game was last April. So I think that's enough pressure right there."

Elsewhere Miami won their fifth straight game, beating Chicago Bulls 93-79 without LeBron James who broke his nose in Thursday's win at Oklahoma.

Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh powered Miami to the victory - Bosh with 28 points and Wade with 23.

LA Clippers beat Oklahoma Thurnder 125-117 with Jamal Crawford leading the charge with 36 points.

Kevin Durant did his best to keep his team in the game with 42 points as Thunder lost their second straight match.

Sacramento Kings beat Denver for the first time in six years, winning 109-95 with Isaiah Thomas scoring 33 points and Rudy Gay 32.

DeMarcus Cousins added 27 points for the Kings, who snapped a nine-game losing streak to the Nuggets at the Pepsi Center.

Down 58-51 after Randy Foye hit a pair of 3-pointers in the third quarter, the Kings responded with a 21-2 run that put them in front 72-60 with 4:55 left in the period and they never looked back.

Houston Rockets beat the Phoenix Suns 115-112 with Patrick Beverley sinking the go-ahead 3-pointer with 34.3 seconds to play.

Dwight Howard scored 25, James Harden had 23 and Beverley 20 for the Rockets, who trailed by 10 entering the fourth quarter.

Portland Trail Blazers beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 108-97 with Damian Lillard scoring 32 points.

Washington beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-83 on the road, John Wall scoring 21 points and the Toronto Raptors beat Orlando Magic 105-90 with Kyle Lowry scoring 28 points.