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NEW YORK (AP) Brooklyn made a winning return to major pro sports on Saturday night, with the Nets topping the Toronto Raptors 107-100 in the first game at Barclays Center.

After a 55-year wait that was extended a couple of extra days by Superstorm Sandy, the borough finally has a team of its own again, and the Nets think it's going to be a good one.

Brook Lopez scored 27 points and Deron Williams added 19 points and nine assists for the Nets. C.J. Watson finished with 15 points and Joe Johnson had 14.

A sold-out crowd of 17,732 that included entertainers Jay-Z, a part-owner, and wife Beyonce chanted ``Brooklyn! Brooklyn!'' a few times during the game and loudly at the end, celebrating the name on the front of the shirt much more than the back.

And with good reason. Brooklyn hasn't had a team to cheer since the Dodgers left for Los Angeles in 1957.

Kyle Lowry had 28 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Raptors, who fell to 0-2. DeMar DeRozan added 25 points.


MIAMI (AP) - Ray Allen had a four-point play with 6.7 seconds left that put Miami ahead for good, and Chris Bosh scored 40 points for the Heat.

LeBron James finished with 20 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds, and Allen scored 23 for Miami (2-1), which escaped when Danilo Gallinari's 3-point try with 2 seconds left bounced off the rim.

Kenneth Faried and Andre Iguodala each scored 22 for Denver, which fell to 0-3. Andre Miller made his first eight shots and finished with 17 for the Nuggets, who also got 16 points from JaVale McGee and outrebounded Miami 47-32.

The 40 points were a Heat-high for Bosh, and they needed every one of them.


HOUSTON (AP) - Rookie Damian Lillard scored 20 points, including eight in overtime, and the Trail Blazers slowed down James Harden.

Lillard and Nicolas Batum each made a 3 to help Portland open an 87-81 lead in the extra session. Harden then made a pair of free throws before Lillard converted a reverse layup. His second 3 of overtime pushed Portland's lead to 93-85 with 1:25 remaining.

Harden led the Rockets with 24 points in his home debut, but he wasn't as dominant as he was in the first two games. He scored 37 and a career-high 45 points in his first two games after he was acquired in a deal with Oklahoma City last week.

LaMarcus Aldridge added 27 points and 11 rebounds for the Trail Blazers.

Jeremy Lin collected 13 points and seven assists in his home debut for the Rockets, who lost for the first time this season.

SPURS 110, JAZZ 100

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Tony Parker had 24 points and 10 assists to lift the Spurs to the victory.

Tim Duncan added 19 points and 11 rebounds for San Antonio (3-0). Danny Green had 21 points and Kawhi Leonard 13.

Duncan and Parker combined to score seven points in the final 4 minutes to preserve the victory and give the Spurs their best start since the 2007-2008 season.

Mo Williams scored 29 points for Utah (1-2), leading the team's rally in the third quarter. Paul Millsap added 17 points, Al Jefferson had 16 and Gordon Hayward 15.

San Antonio squandered a 19-point lead in the third quarter when Utah went on a 24-5 run to tie the game.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Stephen Curry and reserve Carl Landry had 23 points apiece and the Warriors held on for the victory.

Klay Thompson had 17 points and eight rebounds for Golden State, which handed the Clippers their first loss of the season. The narrow win came after the Warriors learned reserve small forward Brandon Rush, their best perimeter defender, will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the first quarter of Friday night's 104-94 home loss to Memphis.

Chris Paul scored 27 points for Los Angeles, going 19 for 20 at the free-throw line. Reserve Jamal Crawford also had 27 points, and Blake Griffin finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds.


DALLAS (AP) - O.J. Mayo scored 30 points and the Mavericks remained unbeaten against the Bobcats.

Mayo made a career-high seven 3-pointers, including one that put the Mavericks ahead for good late in the second quarter and another that capped a 24-8 run that made it 76-61 in the third.

Dallas improved to 16-0 all-time against Charlotte.

Chris Kaman made his Mavericks debut as a reserve, but the spark off the bench came from Vince Carter. The 14-year veteran got the crowd going with a powerful dunk and did it again later with a spectacular blocked shot.

Ramon Sessions led Charlotte with 22 points.


CHICAGO (AP) - Greivis Vasquez scored 18 points and the Hornets got the win with top overall draft pick Anthony Davis sidelined by a mild concussion.

Robin Lopez and Jason Smith scored 16 apiece. Ryan Anderson added 12 points and 13 rebounds, and the Hornets hit 20 of 23 free throws.

Luol Deng had 19 points and eight rebounds for Chicago. Nate Robinson scored 15 and Marco Belinelli added 13 against his former team, but the Bulls shot 33 percent.

Davis, a Chicago product, was being examined in New Orleans after taking an inadvertent elbow to the head from teammate Austin Rivers in the first half of Friday's win over Utah.

Hornets coach Monty Williams blasted the NBA's protocols for determining when a player can return from a concussion, saying: ``Now, they treat everybody like they have white gloves and pink drawers and it's getting old. It's just the way the league is now.''


WASHINGTON (AP) - Paul Pierce scored 27 points to lead the Celtics to their first victory of the season.

A night after what their coach called a ``flat game,'' the Celtics held the Wizards to 1-for-14 shooting at the start, then were barely better at the end.

Washington's only scoring in the first 8 minutes came on Kevin Garnett's goaltending call, and Pierce hit a key 3 down the stretch to help Boston improve to 1-2.

Washington dropped to 0-2 after its home opener in front of a sellout crowd of 20,308 that occasionally included folks chanting ``Let's go, Celtics!'' Bradley Beal, the No. 3 overall pick this year, missed all five of his shots and scored two points for the Wizards, while backup Jordan Crawford led the hosts with 21 points.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - George Hill scored 18 points and Indiana used its staunch defense to close out the double-overtime win.

David West also had 18 points for the Pacers (2-1), including the clinching free throws in the second overtime, and 18 rebounds. Paul George added 16 points and 17 rebounds, and Gerald Green scored 17 points.

Marcus Thornton scored 26 for Sacramento (0-3), and DeMarcus Cousins collected 21 points and 13 rebounds.

It was Indiana's first double-overtime game since Dec. 19, 2008.


MILWAUKEE (AP) - Brandon Jennings hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Bucks the victory.

The referees used video replay to confirm the shot left Jennings' hand with one-tenth of a second left on the clock.

Mike Dunleavy had 29 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for Milwaukee.

Kyrie Irving scored 27 points for Cleveland, tying the game with seven-tenths of a second remaining on a driving layin over Ersan Ilyasova.

The Bucks (2-0) used a late 12-2 run to take overtake Cleveland (1-2), which was opening a six-game road trip.

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Six most likely quarterback options for the Redskins after Alex Smith's gruesome injury

Six most likely quarterback options for the Redskins after Alex Smith's gruesome injury

Alex Smith's brutal leg injury suffered in the third quarter of the Redskins’ 23-21 home loss against the Texans on Sunday shook up the lineup, and opened up long-term quarterback questions.

There’s also the immediate need at backup now that Colt McCoy moved into the starter role. There’s no QB on the practice squad so scratch that possibility.

Let’s go through some potential free agent options:

Sam Bradford – Probably the cleanest candidate among the available free agents, which also perhaps says something about the available free agents. Arizona signed Bradford to a one-year, $20 million contract during the offseason hoping the former No. 1 overall pick would serve as a bridge while 2018 first-round pick Josh Rosen developed. That plan last three games as the Cardinals went 0-3. Bradford threw four interceptions and two touchdowns while posting a QB-rating under 60 in two of the three losses. However, Bradford threw for 3,000 yards as recently as 2016 and would likely be ready to play rather quickly. It’s possible he even emerges as the starter depending on how the Cult of Colt fares.

Paxton Lynch – The 2016 first-round selection flamed out after two seasons with the Broncos. The 6-foot-7 passer posted video game statistics at the University of Memphis, but entered the NFL with raw skills. His game didn’t develop with Denver, leading the AFC West squad to cut bait and sign free agent Case Keenum this offseason. Lynch, 24, worked out for the Redskins earlier this season and had a good workout, according to one source. If nothing else, Washington could get a look at a young passer.

Matt Moore – Longtime NFL backup spent the previous seven seasons with the Dolphins. Moore provided instant offense when called upon over the years. At 34, he might be cooling off. Moore threw for 861 yards, four touchdown and five interceptions in four games last season. Miami lost both of his starts.

Josh Johnson – Johnson last played in 2015, but has served as a backup in different spots as recently as 2017 with the Texans. The Raiders released the 32-year-old in May. He is listed as a quarterback for the San Diego Fleet in the upstart Alliance of American Football League. So, why does Johnson deserve consideration? He played for the Bengals in 2013 under then offensive coordinator Jay Gruden.

Ryan Mallett – The strong-armed passer had nine touchdown passes and 10 interceptions over 21 games for the Patriots, Texans and Ravens. He played two games for Baltimore in 2017.

Colin Kaepernick – If we’re talking best available quarterback, Kaepernick’s name tops this list. The irony of him replacing Smith on the active roster is evident. Kaepernick’s rise led the 49ers to benching Smith and then trading him to the Chiefs after the younger QB directed San Francisco to the 2013 Super Bowl. Kaepernick’s remaining time in the Bay Area was spotty, but he had 16 touchdown passes with only four interceptions in 2016.

He hasn’t played an NFL game since. Obviously, there are numerous factors involved with that scenario beyond talent, namely Kaepernick’s stance on police brutality nationwide turning him into a political topic.  Teams across the league lack viable backup options. Some struggle with their starter. Yet Kaepernick remains waiting for a job. The wait likely continues. All we know for sure is the Redskins need another quarterback.


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NFL world sends well-wishes to Alex Smith

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NFL world sends well-wishes to Alex Smith

Alex Smith suffered a gruesome leg injury in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Texans.

On the field, players from both teams went up to the veteran quarterback to offer an encouraging word as he was carted away with his leg in an air cast. 

Reaction poured in immediately across Twitter - including a chilling reminder from Joe Theismann about his own brutal injury.