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Cavaliers' Kevin Love returns after missing two games

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers forward Kevin Love returned against Orlando after missing two games because of a sore back. In Cleveland’s 116-104 loss, he scored nine points with five rebounds in 23 minutes.

Love has averaged team highs of 17.9 points and 11.8 rebounds in 14 games. He had been listed as questionable, but was in the starting lineup Wednesday after completing pregame warmups.

The 12-year veteran didn’t play against Portland on Saturday when Cleveland broke a six-game losing streak and also missed Monday’s loss to Brooklyn.

Love was out against New York on Nov. 18 because of the back issue, but played the following two games. He aggravated the injury Friday in Dallas.