Andre Iguodala made a 22-foot jumper with 2.2 seconds remaining, and the Philadelphia 76ers rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat the Magic 100-98 in Orlando, Fla., in Game 1 of their opening-round playoff series Sunday.
Iguodala had 20 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, and Louis Williams scored 18 to help the 76ers beat the Magic for the first time in four tries this season – and when it mattered most. Hedo Turkoglu’s fadeaway 3-pointer missed at the buzzer, and Magic fans stood in disbelief before filing out quietly.
Dwight Howard had a career playoff-high 31 points and 16 rebounds, and rookie Courtney Lee scored 18 for the Magic. Game 2 in the best-of-seven series is Wednesday night in Orlando.
•Hawks cool Heat: Josh Smith and the Hawks made Miami look like a one-man team, running Dwyane Wade and the Heat ragged for a 90-64 blowout in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference playoff series in Atlanta.
Wade scored 19 points – 11 below his NBA-leading average – and the Hawks tied a franchise record for fewest points allowed in a playoff game.
Smith scored 23 points, and every other Atlanta starter was also in double figures.
•Nuggets pound Hornets: Chauncey Billups scored 36 points and made a career-best eight 3-pointers in leading the Nuggets to a 113-84 rout of the New Orleans Hornets in Denver, the second-biggest blowout in the Nuggets’ playoff history.
Capitalizing on their first home-court edge in a playoff series in 21 years, the Nuggets nearly bested their previous biggest margin of victory, a 141-111 wallop of San Antonio in 1985.
Billups sank four of his 3s in the third quarter, when the Nuggets began to turn a tight game into a laugher. At one point, they led by 34.
Ducks take 2-0 lead on top-seeded Sharks
Andrew Ebbett broke a tie with his first career playoff goal from an awkward angle with 10:16 left, and the Anaheim Ducks stunned the top-seeded Sharks with another defensive gem in a 3-2 victory in San Jose, Calif., taking a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.
Jonas Hiller made 42 saves, while Bobby Ryan and Drew Miller also scored their first playoff goals as the eighth-seeded Ducks took two games in the Shark Tank from San Jose, which lost just five home games in regulation during the entire regular season.
Ryane Clowe’s goal early in the second period ended more than 174 minutes of scoreless playoff hockey for the Sharks dating to last season, but San Jose couldn’t rally despite a monstrous edge in shots.
•Canucks up 3-0: Steve Bernier broke a tie in the opening minute of the third period with Vancouver’s third power-play goal of the game as the Canucks beat the Blues 3-2 in St. Louis to take a 3-0 series lead.
Roberto Luongo made 24 saves for Vancouver.
•Devils take lead: Travis Zajac scored at 4:58 of overtime and the New Jersey Devils beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 in Raleigh, N.C., in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference playoff series.
Zach Parise scored for the third straight game and assisted on Zajac’s winner, giving the Devils a 2-1 series lead.
•Flyers get on board: Jeff Carter and Mike Richards scored their first goals of the series for a fast start, and Claude Giroux and Simon Gagne put the Flyers ahead for good in a 6-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Philadelphia. Pittsburgh leads the series 2-1.
Evegni Malkin scored twice, and Rob Scuderi added a goal for Pittsburgh.
Nadal wins fifth straight Monte Carlo Masters
Rafael Nadal is the first player to win five straight Monte Carlo Masters titles after beating Novak Djokovic 6-3, 2-6, 6-1.
The top-ranked Spaniard dropped his first set at the tournament since the 2006 final against Roger Federer when the third-seeded Djokovic rallied to win the second set, pinning Nadal behind the baseline and picking him off at the net.
Nadal trailed 3-1 in the first set before reeling off five straight games. Struggling with his serve in the third set, he saved three break points and needed 14 minutes to hold his opening service game.
Nadal held from there and Djokovic crumbled, with the Spaniard clinching the victory on his first match point when the Serbian sent a backhand into the net.
•Vinci wins in Barcelona: Roberta Vinci won her second WTA Tour title at the Barcelona Open, beating beat defending champion Maria Kirilenko 6-0, 6-4.
The 61st-ranked Italian converted six of seven break chances against the sixth-seeded Russian.
•Lisicki earns first title: Sabine Lisicki of Germany beat Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 6-4 to win the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, S.C., and her first tour title.
Lisicki, 19, who is ranked No. 63 and bounced Venus Williams earlier in the tournament, consistently had serves around 120 mph at the tournament on the green clay at the Family Circle Tennis Center.
FBI probing extortion attempt against Pitino
The FBI is investigating the estranged wife of Louisville’s equipment manager regarding extortion allegations leveled by coach Rick Pitino, her attorney said.
Attorney Thomas Clay said he spoke with the FBI about the matter last week but had no further comment. He represents Karen Sypher, the wife of longtime equipment manager Tim Sypher.
Clay acknowleged Karen Sypher was contacted by the FBI after Pitino filed a complaint last month that he was being targeted for extortion.
•Eagles introduce Peters: The Philadelphia Eagles introduced their new $60 million man, completing a major upgrade of the offensive line.
Coach Andy Reid believes Jason Peters, the Pro Bowl left tackle Philadelphia acquired in a trade with Buffalo on Friday, can fill the hole left by the departure of unrestricted free agent and four-time Pro Bowler Tra Thomas to Jacksonville.
After the trade, the team came to terms on a four-year contract extension worth $53 million with Peters. The 27-year-old, who was upset with his contract in Buffalo, will earn $60 million over the next six years, $25 million guaranteed.
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