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Raptors’ loss first by NBA team to international squad since ‘88

Associated Press

The Toronto Raptors lost to Maccabi Tel Aviv in an exhibition game Sunday, the first time an NBA team has been beaten by an international club since 1988.

Despite Toronto playing its starters most of the way, Anthony Parker’s jumper with 0.8 seconds left lifted Israel’s premier basketball team over the Raptors 105-103 in Toronto.

“To lose is unacceptable,” Toronto coach Sam Mitchell said. “To say, ‘To lose to a team like that,’ would be disrespecting them. … You have to respect what they’ve done, you’ve got to respect their effort.”

Parker, who played in the NBA for Philadelphia and Orlando, finished with 24 points. Nikola Vujcic added 21 points and 10 rebounds for Maccabi.

Chris Bosh had 27 points and 12 rebounds in 45 minutes, and Jalen Rose had 18 points for Toronto.

“They played this game like it was their championship game, and rightfully so,” Rose said. “Those guys are hungry for NBA jobs.”

Toronto’s loss was just the second by an NBA team in the 28 games held since the NBA sanctioned international competitions in 1987. The Atlanta Hawks lost to the Soviet national team 132-123 in 1988.

More Collier tests needed

Autopsy results in the death of Atlanta Hawks center Jason Collier will not be available until today at the earliest.

The autopsy on the 7-foot, 260-pound player has been performed but other tests are needed, the coroner said Sunday.

“Due to the weekend and the case volume of the pathologist, further testing will not begin until Monday,” coroner Lauren W. McDonald III said. “It would be inappropriate to speculate on the cause of Mr. Collier’s death until further examinations are completed.”

The 28-year-old player died early Saturday after he had trouble breathing in his home, according to his father. Jeff Collier said his son died in an ambulance on the way to the hospital and did not have any diagnosed health problems apart from his knees.

General manager Billy Knight said Collier had “no issues” in a preseason physical given to all players.

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