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Raptors, Suns show solidarity

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PHOENIX

The Toronto Raptors and Phoenix Suns linked arms in a centre-court circle for the national anthems ahead of Wednesday night’s game.

The show of solidarity came hours after a violent mob of U.S. President Donald Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol and a day after news that no charges would be laid in the shooting of Black man Jacob Blake.

Wednesday’s scene from the Capitol, where a mob delayed Congress from certifying the results of November’s election, was discussed around the NBA before games tipped off.

Raptors coach

Nick Nurse called the events of the past two days:

“Disturbing, disgusting, incredulou­s, sad.

“This just seems to be notstop, and it seems to not improve.”

Nurse said veteran guard Kyle Lowry met with Suns guard Chris Paul before tip-off to discuss possible actions. He said his team would take the floor with conflicted feelings.

“I’m personally conflicted, and then I always really try to feel where I should fit in, in this picture of things,” the coach said. “Certainly, I talked to the leaders of our team. Always want to give them a platform and open line of communicat­ion and then try to evaluate from there what is going on. I support them either way, and if they decide they’re gonna play, then I gotta decide I’m gonna coach ‘em to the best of my ability.”

MAGIC 105, CAVS 94

ORLANDO, Fla. — Former top overall draft pick Markelle Fultz suffered a season-ending tear of the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the first quarter of the Orlando’s win over Cleveland on Wednesday night.

76ERS 141, WIZARDS 136

PHILADELPH­IA — Joel Embiid scored 38 points and NBA-leading Philadelph­ia overcame a Washington record-tying

60-point performanc­e by Bradley Beal in a wild win.

PACERS 114, ROCKETS 107 INDIANAPOL­IS — Malcolm Brogdon scored a career-high 35 points and made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:22 to go, leading the Indiana Pacers past Houston.

 ?? AP PHOTO ROSS D. FRANKLIN ?? Members of the Phoenix Suns and the Toronto Raptors form a circle during the American national anthem prior to an NBA basketball game Wednesday in Phoenix.
AP PHOTO ROSS D. FRANKLIN Members of the Phoenix Suns and the Toronto Raptors form a circle during the American national anthem prior to an NBA basketball game Wednesday in Phoenix.
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