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Raptors blow big lead, edge Nets 127-122 in overtime

Raptors blow big lead in regulation, rally to beat Nets 127-122 in overtime
Brian Mahoney, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A Navy SEAL spoke to the Toronto Raptors before the season, reminding them there is never an easy day.

This started out looking like one, before the Raptors' fifth consecutive victory turned awfully difficult.

DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points, Amir Johnson made the tiebreaking basket with 41 seconds left in overtime, and Toronto beat the Brooklyn Nets 127-122 on Friday night.

Spurs' Duncan seeks $1M in damages over failed investments

Spurs star Duncan files lawsuit seeking more than $1M in damages over failed investments
The Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO - Spurs star Tim Duncan has filed a lawsuit contending that a series of investments enriched his financial adviser but were losing propositions for the NBA star, including $7.5 million in an entertainment company run by the adviser.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday in San Antonio, seeks more than $1 million in damages against Charles Banks of Atlanta. It claims Banks secretly withheld 20 per cent of the return on Duncan's loan to Gameday Entertainment, for which Banks serves as chairman.

Mayweather and Pacquiao exchange phone numbers at Heat game

Let's get it on? Mayweather and Pacquiao courtside at Heat-Bucks game in Miami, share numbers
Tim Reynolds, The Associated Press

MIAMI - Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao have finally met — in person.

And now talks might get serious about them meeting in the ring.

The fighters were both sitting courtside, directly across from one another, at a Miami Heat game on Tuesday night. Mayweather went over to Pacquiao at halftime, the men shook hands and chatted briefly, then exchanged phone numbers.

Toronto overcomes sluggish start to run past Pacers 104-91

Lowry, DeRozan help Toronto overcome sluggish start as Raptors roll past Pacers 104-91
Michael Marot, The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS - Toronto's dynamic backcourt delivered a one-two knockout punch Tuesday night. Again.

This time with All-Star starter Kyle Lowry spreading the floor and DeMar DeRozan finding his way to the basket, their teammates exploited other openings in Indiana's defence. It was simply too much for the struggling Pacers.

DeRozan finished with 24 points, Lowry had 19 and three of their teammates also scored in double figures, as the Raptors pulled away 104-91.

Coach K gets 1,000th win as No. 5 Duke tops St. John's 77-68

Coach 1K: Mike Krzyzewski gets 1,000th career win as No. 5 Duke rallies past St. John's 77-68
Mike Fitzpatrick, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Coach 1K. How grand.

Mike Krzyzewski earned his 1,000th career win Sunday, making him the first NCAA Division I men's coach to reach the milestone, when No. 5 Duke surged past St. John's in the second half for a 77-68 victory at Madison Square Garden.

Tyus Jones scored 22 points and the Blue Devils (17-2) went on an 18-2 run down the stretch to put Coach K in four figures on his first try.

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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