Haitian-Canadian Dalembert finds welcome distraction in basketball

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For at least a couple of hours, Samuel Dalembert was able to take his mind off the earthquake which devastated his home country of Haiti.
Playing with a heavy heart, Dalembert managed 12 points and a season-high 21 rebounds in a losing cause as his Philadelphia 76ers were edged 93-92 by the New York Knicks on Wednesday. He had 10 points and 11 rebounds in the first half alone for the 76ers.
Dalembert, who was born in the haitian capital Port-au-Prince in 1980 and lived there until he was 14 before moving to Montreal, was still trying to gather information on family members still living in Haiti before Wednesday's game.
While his father and one sister had contacted him, a number of other relatives and friends were still unaccounted for as he prepared to play.
"It was a relief and I can say that," Dalembert said. "When the game started, I was able to keep my mind on the game. It kind of helped me out for two hours."
Before Fridays game against Sacramento, Dalembert will continue to monitor the situation and assist in fundraising efforts.
"We should be announcing something in the next couple of days," Dalembert said.
Elsewhere in the NBA it was: Los Angeles Lakers 100 Dallas 95; Boston 111 New Jersey 87; Indiana 122 Phoenix 114; Atlanta 94 Washington 82; New Orleans 108 Los Angeles Clippers 94; San Antonio 109 Oklahoma City 108 (OT); Denver 115 Orlando 97; Houston 120 Minnesota 114 (3OT); Portland 120 Milwaukee 108; and Miami 115 Golden State 102.
At Philadelphia, David Lee scored 24 points and hit the game-winning layup with 13.3 seconds remaining, one day after the death of his grandfather.
Lee's grandfather, E. Desmond Lee, who was 92 when he passed away on Tuesday night. Lee considered skipping this game but changed his mind.
"I made the decision to stay here rather than going to St. Louis because I wanted to fill that role as team captain and leader of this team," said Lee, who added nine rebounds. "It was a quality win for us. I didn't have the best energy, but it was enough."
Wilson Chandler added 18 points, Al Harrington scored 17, Jared Jeffries had 15 and Danilo Gallinari 12 for the Knicks (16-22), who snapped a two-game losing streak. The Knicks also ended a nine-game skid in Philadelphia, dating to Dec. 17, 2004.
"We finally got one here," Jeffries said. "We made some big plays when we needed them down the stretch."
Allen Iverson scored 16 points and Rodney Carney added 13 for the Sixers, who had won two straight and their previous six meetings with New York.
Thaddeus Young also chipped in with 11 points for the Sixers, and Marreese Speights had 10 in the final 8:40, his only playing time all night.
A driving layup by Speights gave the Sixers a 90-86 lead with 1:30 remaining. But Chandler responded with a three-point play, and Lee hit a baseline jumper from 12 feet to push the Knicks ahead 91-90 with 43.4 seconds left.
After Speights knocked in a difficult layup off the glass, Lee provided the game-winner with a layup on an assist from Chris Duhon.
"We got a really shot on that possession," said Duhon, who had seven assists. "It was a great road win for us. We had lost a couple in a row and it feels really good to get this one, especially the way we got it."
Carney missed a three-pointer as time expired.
"He got a good look," Sixers coach Eddie Jordan said of the last shot.
The Knicks hit nine of their first 10 shots but eventually cooled off, trailing 48-47 at halftime.
Lakers 100 Mavericks 95
At Dallas, Kobe Bryant went from having a slow night because of a sore back to nailing the game-winning jumper with 28 seconds left, lifting the Los Angeles Lakers to a victory over the Mavericks in a matchup of the top two teams in the Western Conference.
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Celtics 111 Nets 87
At East Rutherford, N.J., Paul Pierce scored 24 points in 28 minutes and Boston quickly turned a mismatch on paper into just that on the court.
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Pacers 122 Suns 114
At Indianapolis, Danny Granger scored 33 points and Mike Dunleavy added a season-high 30 to help Indiana win after the Pacers trailed by 24 points in the first half.
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Hawks 94 Wizards 82
At Atlanta, Joe Johnson scored 24 points and Jamal Crawford added 22 to help Atlanta hold on for its third straight win.
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Hornets 108 Clippers 94
At New Orleans, Chris Paul had 15 points and 15 assists to lead the Hornets to their seventh win in eight games.
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Spurs 109 Thunder 108 (OT)
At Oklahoma City, Rookie DeJuan Blair set new career highs with 28 points and 21 rebounds, and Richard Jefferson hit the game-winning jumper in overtime for San Antonio.
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Nuggets 115 Magic 97
At Denver, Carmelo Anthony scored 27 points and Chauncey Billups added 24 to lead Denver to its fourth win in five games.
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Rockets 120 Timberwolves 114 (3OT)
At Houston, Aaron Brooks scored a career-high 43 points and Chuck Hayes grabbed a career-best 17 rebounds as the Rockets won their 10th straight against Minnesota.
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Trail Blazers 120 Bucks 108
At Portland, Ore., Brandon Roy scored 22 points for the Trail Blazers, who led by as many as 33 points in the second half and shot over 60 per cent from the field in the game.
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Heat 115 Warriors 102
At Oakland, Calif., Dwyane Wade shook off an injured wrist to score 35 points on his best shooting night of the season and Miami rolled past Golden State.

Organizations: New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Hornets Trail Blazers

Geographic location: Haiti, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia Port-au-Prince Montreal Sacramento St. Louis New York Atlanta Denver Dallas East Rutherford, N.J. Boston Indianapolis Indiana New Orleans San Antonio Houston Minnesota Portland, Ore. Oakland Miami Golden

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