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Raptors hand Pistons 12th straight home loss

Valanciunas scores 17 as Raptors hand Pistons 12th straight home loss, 110-100
The Associated Press

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - The Toronto Raptors felt right at home at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Friday night.

The Raptors overcame a slow start to pull away in the second half and beat Detroit 110-100 on a night the Pistons' home arena was dominated by Canadian flags and chants of "We The North" and "Let's Go Raptors."

Bucks F Parker out for season with knee injury

Bucks rookie Jabari Parker out for season after tearing ACL in left knee
Genaro C. Armas, The Associated Press

MILWAUKEE - Bucks rookie Jabari Parker will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Monday night's 96-94 win at Phoenix.

The team said late Tuesday night that Parker will have surgery after tests revealed the extent of the injury.

The 19-year-old Parker was hurt when he took an awkward step before colliding with the Suns' P.J. Tucker. It's a huge blow for a rebuilding franchise off to a good start under new coach Jason Kidd.

Suns players wear 'I Can't Breathe' T-shirts

Suns players wear 'I Can't Breathe' T-shirts during warmups
The Associated Press

PHOENIX - The Phoenix Suns took the court for pregame warmups Monday night wearing T-shirts bearing the protest slogan "I Can't Breathe."

The Suns wore the shirts before their game against the Milwaukee Bucks. They were following players, including LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, who have recently worn similar shirts in a show of support for the family of Eric Garner, who died July 17 after a New York police officer placed him in a chokehold while he was being arrested.

Lowry carries Raptors past Knicks, 95-90 in OT

Lowry has 21 points, 11 assists, leads Raptors to 95-90 overtime victory over Knicks
Brian Mahoney, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Too many fouls. Way too many turnovers — nine alone from their star point guard.

So what if Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors weren't perfect? Come overtime, they went from flawed to nearly flawless.

"We had so many mistakes on both sides, even defensively," coach Dwane Casey said. "But it was one of those games, if you're serious about winning, you find a way to get it done and our guys did it."

Bryant passes Jordan for 3rd on scoring list

Rare air: Kobe Bryant passes Michael Jordan for 3rd on NBA's career scoring list
Jon Krawczynski, The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS - Kobe Bryant has reached rarefied air.

The Los Angeles Lakers star passed Michael Jordan for third on the NBA's career scoring list Sunday night in a 100-94 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Bryant entered the game needing nine points to pass the icon with whom he is often compared. He got the mark with two free throws with 5:24 to play in the second quarter.

Knicks' Carmelo Anthony sprains right ankle

Knicks' Carmelo Anthony sprains right ankle after earlier injuring left wrist
The Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - New York forward Carmelo Anthony left the Knicks' game against Memphis on Thursday night after spraining his right ankle early in the second half.

Knicks officials said Anthony wouldn't return and that X-rays were negative.

Anthony, the Knicks' leading scorer at 26.6 points a game, injured the ankle on New York's end of the floor and immediately limped to the bench. He was taken to the locker room moments later.

He had 14 points and three rebounds when he left the game.

Dalembert remembers horror of quake

Two years later, Canadian Samuel Dalembert aids in rebuilding effort in Haiti
Chris Duncan, The Associated Press

HOUSTON - Samuel Dalembert stepped off the plane and barely recognized the land where he grew up.

Two frantic days after a magnitude-7.0 earthquake rumbled across his native Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, the veteran NBA centre from Montreal returned to the Caribbean nation and could hardly absorb the chaos and horror.

Victims missing limbs lying helplessly in the littered streets. Children covered in blood, screaming for their parents. Buildings pulverized and homes crushed into twisted piles of rubble.

NBA Roundup: Bryant leads Lakers over Suns

NBA Roundup: Kobe Bryant scores 48 points, Lakers beat Suns 99-83
The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS - Kobe Bryant scored 48 points — his fifth straight game with 25 or more — and the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Phoenix Suns 99-83 Tuesday night to win their seventh straight at home and third in a row overall.

Bryant, the NBA's leading scorer, topped the 40-point mark for the first time this season, the first in the league to do so. He was 18 of 31 from the floor and made 12 of 13 free throws. Pau Gasol added 16 points and 12 rebounds.

Wizards beat Raptors 93-78 for first victory

Lewis, Young each score 15 as Wizards beat Raptors 93-78 to end 0-8 start
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - The Washington Wizards won a game for the first time in nearly nine months, and did it with a reshaping of their front line.

Coach Flip Saunders decided to bench forwards Andray Blatche and Rashard Lewis. He started rookie Chris Singleton and second-year player Trevor Booker in their place, and the revamped team beat the Toronto Raptors 93-78 on Tuesday night for its first victory after eight losses this season.

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