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Knee injury ends Rookie's season

PHILADELPHIA -- Rookie guard Craig "Speedy" Claxton probably will miss the regular season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the 76ers' preseason game Sunday against the Utah Jazz.

Claxton, a point guard out of Hofstra who was the 20th overall pick in June's NBA draft, was driving for a layup on a fastbreak when he collided with Utah's Quincy Lewis. Claxton went down, grabbing his knee.

"It's a killer," 76ers coach Larry Brown said. "I don't know how you react to something like that. He was playing great. He was going to be a big contributor."

Although the injury happened at the same time as the collision, 76ers physician John McPhilemy said it appeared to be a "non-contact type of injury."

"It's a severe injury but we expect him to come back and play well," McPhilemy said.

Claxton was X-rayed in the locker room and is scheduled for an MRI today to determine whether there is additional damage.

Although the injury is expected to require surgery, no decision has been reached on when it would occur. McPhilemy said that it "could happen quickly."

Claxton averaged 5.2 points, 3.6 assists and 2.2 steals in six games.

BULLS: Jamal Crawford didn't participate in Sunday's intra-squad scrimmage at the United Center because of tightness in his back.

But coach Tim Floyd said as long as Crawford is healthy, the point guard will see significant playing time in the final two preseason games this week.

For a rookie whose potential overshadows his production, that would be a good thing. Crawford is shooting just 31 percent and has 11 turnovers in 77 minutes.

Preseason games

JAZZ 83, 76ERS 71: John Stockton had 17 points on 6-for-9 shooting, Karl Malone added 12 points and Jacque Vaughn and David Benoit had 11 points for the visiting Jazz.

Philadelphia's Tyrone Hill had 15 points and six rebounds but left the game with a sprained thumb. Allen Iverson, playing with a mild sprain of his ankle, had 5 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists.

PACERS 86, CLIPPERS 82: Jonathan Bender scored 17 points and made two three-pointers during a late 12-0 run for the Pacers at Evansville, Ind.

Bender, a 6-foot-11 forward, will be used at shooting guard under new coach Isiah Thomas.

Sam Perkins and Jermaine O'Neal added 14 points each, and Reggie Miller had 13 for Indiana. O'Neal had 18 rebounds.

PISTONS 116, SUNS 109: Cedric Ceballos scored 15 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter in host Detroit's come-from-behind victory.

Jerry Stackhouse led Detroit with 29 points. Chucky Atkins added 19 points and Mateen Cleaves had 18. Jason Kidd led Phoenix with 20 points and eight assists, and Shawn Marion added 19 points.

BUCKS 119, WOLVES 111: In St. Louis, Ray Allen had 38 points for Milwaukee, shooting 10-of-19 from the field, including four three-pointers. He made all 12 of the free throws he attempted. Minnesota shot 61 percent from the floor but could not stop Allen. Anthony Peeler led Minnesota with 24 points. Kevin Garnett finished with 22 points.

KINGS 113, SONICS 110: Darrick Martin hit a three-pointer with 30 seconds to go and made three free throws in the final 17 seconds for host Sacramento.

Patrick Ewing and Shammond Williams each had 19 points for the Sonics.

LAKERS 94, WARRIORS 87: In San Diego, Kobe Bryant scored eight of his 25 points in the final three minutes for Los Angeles after Golden State sliced an 11-point deficit to 84-82 with 3:27 to play. Shaquille O'Neal added 15 points and 10 rebounds in three quarters for Los Angeles.

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