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(SportsNetwork. Josh Reddick Jersey .com) - The start of a quick Florida tour for the Washington Wizards didnt go as planned and theyll try again for their first win of the season Thursday against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. The Wizards opened the season with Wednesdays 107-95 loss to the Miami Heat in their first game without superstar LeBron James. The Heat didnt miss a beat, at least for one night, and were led by Chris Boshs 26 points and 15 rebounds. Norris Cole and Dwyane Wade scored 23 and 21 points, respectively. Drew Gooden and Marcin Gortat scored 18 points apiece, while Paul Pierce added 17 points in his Washington debut. The Wizards struggled on the boards (44-36) and havent won a season opener since Oct. 27, 2009 against Dallas. I think we lost that game on rebounds, on the boards, Gortat said. We should fight a bit harder and stay a bit more focused on everything we do. ... Weve just got to regroup and get the game tomorrow. John Wall ended with 16 points and 11 assists for the Wizards, who were outscored by a 35-25 measure in the fourth quarter and were without guard Bradley Beal (wrist) and forwards Nene and DeJuan Blair. Both big men were serving a one-game suspension for a preseason incident and should be back Thursday. Kris Humphries is a new face in DC and shook off a balky hand to post four points in just over 13 minutes. Otto Porter led the team in scoring during the preseason with 13.0 points per game, his exact point total against Miami. Wall averaged career-highs in points (19.4 ppg), assists (8.8 apg), field goal percentage (.433) and 3-point percentage (.351) last season. He led the NBA in total assists with 721. Washington was a playoff team last season and is a favorite to win the Southeast Division now that James is in Cleveland. The Wizards could be down 0-2 on the season and in division play after Thursdays game in Orlando. The Wizards will open their home schedule Saturday versus Milwaukee. Orlando lost its season opener Tuesday, 101-84, to Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans. Davis was outstanding and finished with 26 points, 17 rebounds and nine blocks. The Magic were led by Tobias Harris, who scored 25 points on 9-of-18 shooting. Nikola Vucevic was a beast on the boards with 23 to go along with 15 points for Orlando, which shot 38.1 percent and committed 18 turnovers for 27 New Orleans points. The toughest part for Orlando was allowing 26 offensive boards. Magic rookie guard Elfrid Payton started the game at the point with second- year PG Victor Oladipo nursing a facial fracture. Payton had four points and seven assists. It was great to get out there and play in front of family and friends, said Payton, a Louisiana native. It gives you a lot of confidence. Aaron Gordon, Orlandos other first-round draft pick, had 11 points off the bench Not much is expected from the Magic this season and theyre aiming for a sixth straight win in their home opener. Orlando will host Toronto Saturday. The Magic lost all four meetings with Washington last season, but are 10-3 in the previous 13 encounters in central Florida. Orlando leads the all-time series, 63-37. Scott Feldman Astros Jersey . An offseason trade acquisition from Kansas City, Greinkes National League debut was delayed by a non-baseball injury in the spring, and he was 0-1 after dropping an 8-0 decision at Atlanta in his initial appearance with the Brewers on May 4. Preston Tucker Astros Jersey . Sources tell TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger that the team is quietly gauging interest on the Senators captain, though Spezza has a limited no-trade clause and carries a large contract. . First-half goals by Will Bruin and Oscar Boniek Garcia sucked the life out of the Impact as the Houston Dynamo bounced them from Major League Soccers post-season with a 3-0 victory on Thursday.INDIANAPOLIS -- Michigan coach John Beilein had watched his team blow almost all of a 15-point lead, and he was sure he knew how Tennessee would try to take the lead. With 6 seconds left and trailing 72-71, Cuonzo Martin would probably send the ball into Jarnell Stokes, who would try to back into the post or drive. Beilein urged his defenders to buckle down and keep Stokes away from the rim. Jordan Morgan, who scored 15 points, heeded his coachs advice and stood his ground until Stokes lowered his shoulder. The senior forward immediately crashed to the floor -- perhaps embellishing the contact -- but drawing the call that saved the game for Michigan and infuriated Tennessees "Rocky Top" contingent. Big Ten player of the year Nik Stauskas of Mississauga, Ont., made a late free throw and nobody was more relieved than Beilein when Jordan McRaes 70-foot heave fell harmlessly to the floor as the buzzer sounded on a 73-71 Michigan victory. "We got just enough stops," Beilein said. Tennessee thought they got one stop unfairly. "With the magnitude of this game, I dont think you could call a charge at that point," McRae said dejectedly after scoring 24 points. But the officials did call it, allowing Michigan to reach a second straight regional final. The Wolverines (28-8) have won 10 of their last 11, none as tenuous or excruciating as this one to set up a Sunday showdown against eighth-seeded Kentucky, the 2012 national champion. The Wildcats won 74-69 over fourth-seeded Louisville, which beat Michigan in last years national championship game. Tennessee almost pulled off one of the most stunning comebacks in recent regional memory. With 10:55 to go, Spike Albrechts layup gave Michigan a seemingly insurmountable 60-45 lead. When Stauskas made the last of his three 3-pointers with 3:40 to go, the Wolverines still led 70-60. Stauskas finished with 14 points. For some reason, Michigan went into panic mode and, just two weeks after nearly blowing two big leads in the Big Ten tournament, they nearly threw this one away. The VVolunteers staunch defence limited Michigan to just one basket over the final 3:40 and forced four turnovers in the final 97 seconds to give themselves a chance in the closing seconds. Jeff Bagwell Astros Jersey. "I dont think I fouled him," said Stokes, who had 11 points and six rebounds after two straight double-doubles. "But it was a smart play for him to try to take the charge. He pretty much anticipated it." Just as Beilein had predicted. For most of the night, Michigan relied on its shooting stars to stay in control against a defence that had allowed just 54.0 points in its previous eight games. The Wolverines took a 13-point lead in the first half and still led 45-34 at halftime because they were shooting 61.5 per cent from the field and made 7 of 9 on 3-pointers. Michigan didnt slow down early in the second half, either, taking the biggest lead of the game at 60-45. But somehow Tennessee played itself right back into the game. The 11th-seeeded Vols, who had a first-round game in overtime at Dayton, Ohio, just to start their surprising post-season run, cut the deficit to 62-56 with 6:45 left. They got within 72-67 when McRae completed a three-point play with 1:56 to go. They made it 72-69 when Josh Richardson scored the last of his 19 points on a layup with 24.6 seconds left. McRaes layup following another Michigan turnover made it 72-71 with 10.8 seconds remaining. So when the officials ruled Michigans Caris LeVert caught the ball with one foot on the baseline and 9.6 seconds left, Martin made the smart call by giving Stokes a chance to win it with a basket or draw the foul. "We got the ball to Jarnell. Jordan set a screen for him to get him right to isolate him, attack him in the middle," Martin explained. "Obviously we got the ball where we wanted." However, the call went against them. "We heard all week about they had mismatches and how we couldnt guard them inside," Morgan said after letting out a scream at the end. "Were not really soft around here. Thats not who we are." Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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