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Smith's baseline jumper at buzzer beats Suns 99-97

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Smith's baseline jumper at buzzer beats Suns 99-97

PHOENIX (AP) J.R. Smith sank a baseline 21-footer at the buzzer after a Phoenix turnover with a second to play, giving the depleted New York Knicks a 99-97 victory over the Suns on Wednesday night.

Smith's tough jumper from 15 feet had tied it at 97 with 10.6 seconds left. Then, after the turnover, Jason Kidd inbounded to Smith, who got the shot off as he sailed toward the out of bounds line. Smith scored 27 and Kidd 23.

Jared Dudley had a career-high 36 for Phoenix, including two free throws that put the Suns ahead 97-95 with 34.5 seconds to go.

New York was without the NBA's No. 2 scorer Carmelo Anthony (hyperextended knee) and Raymond Felton (sprained finger), both hurt in the Christmas day loss to the Lakers in Los Angeles.

The Knicks said X-rays on Felton's right fifth finger revealed a fracture and the next course of action will be determined after his return to New York.

The Suns lost Goran Dragic in the final seconds of the first half when he was undercut by Smith on a layup attempt and fell hard to the floor. Dragic had bruises to his hip, back and wrist. Smith was called for a flagrant foul on the play.

Chris Copeland and Tyson Chandler added 14 points apiece for the Knicks.

Dudley, whose previous high was 33, was 11 of 17 shooting, 5 of 8 on 3s, and 9 of 9 at the foul line. Marcin Gortat added 13 points for the Suns, who lost their third in a row.

New York led 54-44 at the half and stretched it to 68-54 when Smith made a fadeaway, falling-down 19-footer with 7:13 left in the third. Dudley responded with a 3-pointer and the Suns were off on a 20-4 outburst. Another 3 by Dudley tied it at 72 with 2:10 to go, and Shannon Brown, who made just one of his first 7 shots, scored on a fast-break layup to put Phoenix ahead 74-72 with 1:23 left in the quarter.

It was knotted at 76 entering the fourth.

Dudley was fouled by Copeland on a 3-point try and made all three free throws to put Phoenix up 90-86 with 5:19 left, but Smith scored the next four, Kidd sank a 3 and Copeland made a 21-footer in a 9-0 spurt that had the Knicks up 95-90 with 3:34 left.

After a scoreless 1:28, Sebastian Telfair made a 3, then Brown sank a 20-footer to tie it at 95 with 1:15 remaining.

Smith missed a jumper from the top of the key 52 seconds from the finish and the Suns got the ball. Dudley was fouled on a drive to the hoop and made both free throws to make it 97-95.

But Smith, with P.J. Tucker all over him, sank a fade-away from just outside the free throw line with 10.6 seconds remaining to tie.

Phoenix coach Alvin Gentry called a 20-second timeout but the play broke down and, when Telfair tried to hit Marcin Gortat for a back-door layup, the ball was knocked back into the backcourt. Telfair chased it down but wound up stepping out of bounds with a second on the clock.

After a timeout, Kidd tossed the inbounds pass to Smith, who got the shot off, again over Tucker, from just inside the 3-point line. It went in and he was mobbed by his teammates.

The Knicks were missing a little over 43 points per game without Anthony and Felton, the first game this season that New York had been without both of its top two scorers. Rasheed Wallace also was out with a sore left foot.

Notes: The Knicks complete their brief three-game trip west at Sacramento on Friday. ... New York has lost two in a row only once this season. ... Michael Beasley, a big part of the second-half surge, missed Sunday's home loss to the Clippers due to illness.

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Numbers Don't Lie: Juan Soto is statistically better than Mike Trout through 200 games

Numbers Don't Lie: Juan Soto is statistically better than Mike Trout through 200 games

Mike Trout is widely considered the "best player in baseball," but Juan Soto might actually be better, depending on what numbers are used.

Soto has more home runs, RBI and walks, fewer strikeouts and a higher OPS than did Trout for a full season and a quarter.

That's not to suggest that Soto will be better than Trout is, but also, the numbers don't lie, and that's exactly what they say.

Other numbers tell a bit of a different story. Through the first 200 games of Trout's career, the Angels were 112-88, while the Nationals are 104-96 through Soto's first 200. Trout has a career WAR of 70.5. Soto's is 5.6. Trout's 2019 WAR is 6.3.

Trout was an All-Star during his first full season and has been every year since. He was also the 2012 AL Rookie of the Year. He's been the AL MVP twice and is a six-time Silver Slugger Award winner.

Soto is having a pretty great season in his own right. He's batting .301 with 17 home runs and 61 RBI.

There's no telling what the future will hold for Soto, but if he keeps up the same kind of production he's posted during his first 200 games, this could be an interesting discussion in a few years. For now, it's just a fun comparison using an admittedly small sample size. One thing that's certain, Soto and Trout are two of the most exciting young names in the game.

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Best birthday ever? 107-year-old Redskins fan celebrates in Burgundy and Gold

Best birthday ever? 107-year-old Redskins fan celebrates in Burgundy and Gold

When Carletha "Nana" West was growing up, she began to take an interest in football. In particular, she took notice of a certain Redskins quarterback. 

"When Sammy Baugh was quarterback I liked him and I was just learning football at that time," West said. "I was young myself."

Baugh commanded the Redskins offense from 1937-1952 and became one of West's favorite player. With that, her fandom for the Redskins grew.

Decades later, her love for the Redskins remains. So for her 107th birthday -- yes, 107th -- she, of course, celebrated it with some Burgundy and Gold festivities.

Joined by Redskins GM Bruce Allen, West took in her birthday on Thursday, July 18, at Brandywine in Alexandria, Va. Not only was she given a customized Redskins jersey with the number 107 and the name "Nana", but West also got a day named after her. In Alexandria, July 18 will now be known as Carletha "Nana" West Day.

West spent some time reminiscing about her years as a Redskins fan, singing 'Hail to the Redskins' and even sharing her advice on how to live a long, fulfilling life. Besides loving football, she shared some simple words of wisdom.

"Make friends," West said. "And keep them."

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