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WASHINGTON -- If the Washington Wizards are going to win their first game of the season, avoiding another late collapse would be a good step. .Also on the to-do list? Trying to slow down Toronto Raptors scoring star DeMar DeRozan when the Eastern Conference foes meet in Washington on Wednesday night.The Wizards opened the season with back-to-back losses, including Sundays 112-103 overtime setback at the Memphis Grizzlies after leading 96-88 with under four minutes remaining. Grizzlies center Marc Gasols 3-pointer with 15.7 seconds remaining tied the game at 100 and Washington faded as Memphis opened the extra session with 12-0 run.We let it slip out of our hands. We didnt play a great game, guard Bradley Beal said after Washington fell to 0-2 in Memphis. I think weve just got to figure out a way to close out games. We had a chance to win. In overtime the first couple minutes are crucial and once youve got that momentum, its pretty much a gut check. They got a big lead on us and we couldnt score and they won.Washington fell at Atlanta on Thursday 114-99 after the Hawks outscored the Wizards 33-19 in the fourth quarter.DeRozan hasnt trouble scoring in Torontos first three games, including depositing 33 points in Mondays 105-102 home win over the Denver Nuggets. Signed to a five-year, $139 million contract this summer, DeRozan became the first player in Raptors history to open the season with at least 30 points in each of the first three games.Point guard Kyle Lowry added 29 points and put Toronto (2-1) in the lead for good with his first of two field goals over the final 96 seconds.DeMars been great. His offensive (game) right now is unreal, Raptors coach Dwane Casey told the Toronto Star. Kyle stepped up (Monday) and gave him a little boost.DeRozan is averaging 36.0 points while shooting 52.7 percent from the field.Weve got to maintain that and not wear that out, but hes been doing a great job, Casey said of DeRozan.Thats not something many are saying about the Wizards perimeter defense. Washington is allowing opponents to shoot a league-high 47.4 percent from beyond the arc. Memphis sank 15 of 31 3-pointers.We have to guard the 3-point line, first-year Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. Thats what the league is about. You have to be able to do two things. You have to guard the 3-point line and protect the paint. The good teams do that every night.We are building to be a good team and we have to be able to do that. I have a lot of confidence in our guys to do that but its just going to take some time but nobody waits for you. We have to expedite that as soon as we can, but we have to be able to guard the line and the paint. DeRozan averaged 26.5 points against the Wizards as the Raptors swept the 2015-16 season series 4-0. Washington knocked Toronto out of the 2015 playoffs in four games.Three-time All-Star John Wall, who had two knee surgeries this offseason, leads the Wizards in scoring (17.0) and assists (11.5), but is averaging 5.0 turnovers per game. . Then the Pacers gave Oladipo and his Orlando teammates the cold shoulder. Paul Georges buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter spurred a 21-4 run, finally sending Indiana past the Magic 97-87 in a tougher-than-expected opening night matchup. . This should be celebrated because it will not always be this way. With the amount of money given to players by their clubs these days, it is a wonder that so many of those teams allow the sport to continue to take away many of their assets so they can play for a different team in the middle of their season. . -- Aaron Murray threw for 408 yards and three touchdowns, ran for another score, and led No. BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles will stand alone atop the AL East at the All-Star break, thanks to another home run by Mark Trumbo and a comeback fueled by an unusual balk.Jonathan Schoop trotted home with the tying run in the seventh inning and delivered the decisive RBI single in the eighth to carry Baltimore past the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 Saturday.The Orioles have been alone in first place since June 16 and will remain there through the break, which begins after the conclusion of Sundays schedule.Obviously, its the end game were after, manager Buck Showalter said.Right-hander Yovani Gallardo, who allowed two runs in five-plus innings, said, Being in first place going into the All-Star break, its good. But we all understand weve got a long way to go.Baltimores immediate goal is to hit the break with another victory after splitting the first two games of the series.Weve just got to finish strong, then get three days rest and come back next half stronger, Schoop said.Trumbo hit his major league leading 28th home run for Baltimore, a solo shot in the second inning. It was the Orioles 135th homer of the season, their most before the break.Angels starter Nick Tropeano gave up one run and five hits in six innings, striking out eight. He left with a 2-1 lead, but the bullpen promptly gave it away.After the Orioles got runners to second and third in the seventh against JC Ramirez, Joe Smith (1-4) came in and immediately dropped the ball from the set position for a balk, enabling Schoop to score.I just messed up. Thats the most embarrassing moment Ive ever had on a baseball field, Smith said. That was 100 percent my fault.In the eighth, Manny Machado and Chris Davis singled before Schoop lined a single to center to bring in the go-ahead run.Brad Brach (6-1) worked the eighth and Zach Britton finished for his 26th save. Both relievers are going to the All-Star Game.Daniel Nava had two RBI forr the Angels, who were bidding for their season-high fifth straight win. We had some opportunities to break the game open, manager Mike Scioscia said. So obviously, theres going to be a spotlight on the balk in the seventh inning, but theres a lot of things that led up to that.Limited to three hits over the first five innings, Los Angeles erased a 1-0 deficit in the sixth. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases for Nava, who ripped a two-run single off the right-field scoreboard.Mychal Givens replaced Gallardo and pitched out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam. In the seventh, Givens struck out Mike Trout with two outs and a runner on third.One of the games finest defensive plays occurred in the fifth inning. After Jett Bandy hit a liner off the wall in left-center, Adam Jones barehanded the carom and zipped a throw to second base for the out. Andrelton Simmons followed with an inconsequential single.STREAKYAngels: Simmons extended his hitting streak to 11 games. ... Yunel Escobars hitting streak ended at 13 games.Orioles: Brach extended his scoreless streak to 10 games and 12 2/3 innings. ... Schoop has hit safely in eight straight games and 19 of his last 20.TRAINERS ROOMAngels: C.J. Cron was placed on the DL late Friday with a fractured left hand, so Ji-Man Choi and Jefry Marte will split time at 1B, Scioscia said.Orioles: Setup man Darren ODay (right hamstring strain) will throw on flat ground Sunday. There is no timetable for his return. We need to get him back, Showalter said. He completes the bullpen.UP NEXTAngels: Tim Lincecum (1-2, 7.50 ERA) wraps up the first half Sunday by making his fifth start since signing with LA on May 20.Orioles: Chris Tillman (11-2, 3.55) can surpass his win total of the 2015 season with a victory in the series finale.Wholesale NFL Jerseys Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys From China Cheap Nike Basketball Jerseys Wholesale Hockey Jerseys China Nike Baseball Jerseys Cheap College Jerseys China Cheap Football Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Canada Wholesale NHL Jerseys Canada Wholesale Nike MLB Jerseys Canada Cheap NBA Jerseys Authentic Canada Stitched Soccer Jerseys Canada Cheap Jerseys Canada NFL ' ' '