Thursday, July 10, 2014
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Pelicans' Holiday out with broken leg

The New Orleans Pelicans say starting point guard Jrue Holiday will be sidelined indefinitely with a right-leg injury.

The team said the injury is a stress fracture in his tibia. It is not clear when or how it occurred. Holiday, a former Sixer, played 29 minutes in Wednesday night's 102-96 loss at home to Washington, making 3 of 11 shots for eight points to go with three assists, three rebounds, and three steals.

In 34 games this season, the 6-foot-4 Holiday is averaging 14.3 points, 7.9 assists, and 4.2 rebounds.

On Friday night, Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points, Monta Ellis added 23, and the visiting Dallas Mavericks sent the shorthanded Pelicans to their fourth straight loss, 107-90.

Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. No return date was given. Bledsoe was averaging 18 points and 5.8 assists per game.

Pacers paste Wizards

David West scored 20 points and C.J. Watson had 16, leading the Indiana Pacers to a 93-66 win over the Washington Wizards in Indianapolis on Friday night.

The Wizards stumbled at the foul line, finishing 9 of 23 free throws, hitting just 5 of their first 14.

Memphis 104, Phoenix 99 - Mike Conley had 31 points to lead the Grizzlies over the visiting Suns.

Atlanta 83, Houston 80 - Kyle Korver hit four straight free throws to lift the Hawks to a win at home over the Rockets.

Brooklyn 104, Miami 95 - Joe Johnson scored 32 points and Shaun Livingston had 19 points and 11 rebounds as the host Nets beat the Heat in double OT.

What's in a name?

Marketing, of course.

For Friday night's game in Brooklyn, the Nets and Heat wore jerseys bearing nicknames.

Some Miami players arrived with presold sobriquets, such as LeBron James ("King James") and Dwyane Wade ("D. Wade"). Brooklyn had "D-Will" (Deron William) and "Truth" (Paul Pierce).

The best? The Heat's Ray Allen ("J. Shuttlesworth") and the Nets' Tornike Shengelia ("Tokomotiv").

Others of note: Miami's Mario Chalmers' simple "Rio," and teammate Norris Cole's jazzy "Cole Train." For Brooklyn, Kevin Garnett's "The Big Ticket" and Alan Anderson's "Double."

The coolest? That would belong to the Nets' Andrei Kirilenko. His nickname is just his last name in Russian cyrillic script, on a jersey sure to be a big seller in Brighton Beach.

Jordan letters for sale

Documents related to Michael Jordan's college career found in a storage locker in North Carolina are going up for auction, according to ESPN.

Goldin Auctions in West Berlin, N.J., has put up for bid two 1980 North Carolina Tar Heels recruiting letters to Jordan - one from assistant Bill Guthridge, and one from coach Dean Smith.

The documents were among items given to a Chapel Hill, N.C., restaurant and put into the storage locker when the eatery closed in 2003. When the storage bill wasn't paid, the contents were sold.

The auction, which opened Friday, lists an opening bid for the Smith letter at $5,000, with the Guthridge letter having a $2,500 reserve.

In November, Goldin sold a game-used Jordan jersey formerly owned by actress and film director Penny Marshall for $51,518. Grey Flannel Auctions sold the pair of shoes Jordan wore in his famous "flu game" for $104,765 in December.

- Staff and wire reports

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