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Jrue Holiday with the layup to send Sixers to overtime against Raptors (VIDEO)


Jrue Holiday is doing his best to remind coaches that he deserves a spot on the Eastern Conference All-Star team this season.

Holiday finished with a career-high tying 33 points, to go along with 14 assists while scoring all 12 of his team’s overtime points to lead the Sixers to a 108-101 win over the Raptors on Friday.

Philadelphia wouldn’t have had the chance to win if not for this play from Holiday near the end of regulation.

With the Sixers down two and 5.5 seconds remaining, Holiday inbounded to Spencer Hawes, then got it back on the hand-off. From there, Holiday did the rest, and went hard to the basket for the game-tying score, while absorbing the contact from the defender in the process.

The only thing holding Holiday back from an All-Star spot is his team’s record, which currently has them out of the playoff picture. Holiday said afterward though that he’d like the honor, and that he’ll continue to put up performances like these if that’s what it takes.

“I really don’t know,” Holiday said about whether he deserves to play in the All-Star Game. “Obviously, that’s a goal I’d like to have under my belt. If I have to do this every game for us for our team to win, so be it.”

Greg Smith fails physical, will not join Pelicans

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With both starter Omer Asik and backup Alexis Ajinca out injured for the rest of the preseason (and maybe a little longer), the Pelicans are looking for a center to put next to Anthony Davis for a stretch. That could include a handful of regular season games.

Greg Smith was going to be that man, but the 24-year-old failed his physical, reports the Times-Picayune.

The New Orleans Pelicans were set to sign power forward Greg Smith, but sources said Friday night that he failed his physical examination and will not be joining the team.

And so the search goes on.

The problem is, there are not quality big men still out there on the market, there is a limited supply and just about anyone worth having is spoken for. A few with non-guaranteed contracts may be waived as we get closer to the end of training camps, but that is likely a couple of weeks away.

With both Asik and Ajinca expected back in a few weeks, it’s not worth making a trade or some big move to bring in a center, the Pelicans are just going to have to live with what is out there.

Kevin Durant with huge dunk on visiting Fenerbahce Ulker

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Welcome to America, Fenerbahce Ulker.

The Turkish powerhouse was in America playing some exhibition games this preseason, and they got a first-hand reminder that Kevin Durant is back. KD had 13 points in the Thunder’s easy 111-81 win.

Not to be outdone, Russell Westbrook got in on the act.