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Payne leads Auburn past LSU 68-63 in SEC opener

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Payne leads Auburn past LSU 68-63 in SEC opener

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Allen Payne scored 15 points and Auburn opened Southeastern Conference play with a 68-63 victory over LSU on Wednesday night.

Auburn (7-7) rode a 24-7 run starting early in the second half to the team's fifth win in seven games, snapping a streak of five straight defeats in SEC openers.

LSU (9-3, 0-1), which fell to 1-3 in road games, used a 22-6 run to lead 33-27 early in the second half before getting overtaken.

Freshman Shaquille Johnson scored a season-high 11 points and matched his best total with nine rebounds for Auburn.

Frankie Sullivan added 10 points before fouling out in the final minute while Rob Chubb had eight points and eight boards.

Charles Carmouche led LSU with 15 points and hit two of his four 3-pointers in the final 22 seconds.

Anthony Hickey had 13 points and three steals. Andrew Stringer also scored 13 points on 3-of-6 3-pointers.

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Lamar Jackson leading vote-getter, Ravens lead all clubs in votes

Lamar Jackson leading vote-getter, Ravens lead all clubs in votes

The Ravens are the hottest team in the NFL, and their signal-caller Lamar Jackson leads all players in Pro Bowl voting.

The NFL announced today that Jackson has a nearly 30,000-vote lead on Chiefs' star Patrick Mahomes.

Jackson has been taking the league by storm through the first 10 games of the season. Baltimore is sitting in second place in the AFC and has standout wins over Seattle, New England and Houston going into Week 12.

The Ravens lead all clubs in votes with five players currently sitting atop the totals at their respective position in the AFC. 

In addition to Jackson, FB Patrick Ricard, RT Orlando Brown Jr., LG Marshal Yanda, DB Marcus Peters and PK Justin Tucker are all currently leading in Pro Bowl voting in the AFC.

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WATCH: Rui Hachimura punishing Spurs interior defense with dunk and two layups

WATCH: Rui Hachimura punishing Spurs interior defense with dunk and two layups

As Rui Hachimura continues to grow and take his lumps at the NBA level, one important point of development for the Wizards' rookie will be finishing through contact at the rim. 

The Wizards play the Hornets on Friday at 7 p.m. EST on NBC Sports Washington.

On Wednesday night against the Spurs, Hachimura hit a nice hook shot over LaMarcus Aldridge and then finished through traffic after attacking a closeout a few plays later. He entered the game shooting nearly 70 percent at the rim, a major reason why he's one of the top-scoring rookies this season. 

Then at the end of the first half, Isaiah Thomas found Hachimura on a back-door cut for the easy slam. Well-timed cuts are a great source of points for young players. 

After the break, the ninth-overall pick flashed a little finesse at the rim for another pretty finish. 

His three-point shooting will have to improve at some point down the line and learning better positioning as a defender is something every rookie has to go through. 

Both of those skills can be improved in the practice gym or in the film room. Finishing at the basket through contact is learned by repetition in-game, so it's a promising sign to see Hachimura take the ball to the rim. 

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