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NBA ticket prices drop 2nd straight season

NBA ticket prices have fallen for the second straight season.

The sports business outlet Team Marketing Report said Wednesday the average price of a nonpremium seat dropped 2.5 percent to $48. That followed a 2.8 percent decrease last season.

The Los Angeles Lakers have the highest average at $95 following a 2.1 percent rise. The NBA champions are followed by New York at $89, Boston at $69 and Chicago at $64.

Rondo out third in a row

Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo missed Wednesday night's game against the New Jersey Nets with a strained left hamstring.

It was the third straight game that he's been sidelined with the injury.

Mayo didn't start — again

O.J. Mayo was dropped from the Memphis Grizzlies' starting lineup against Detroit on Wednesday night, the second straight game the guard has opened on the bench.

After starting his first 177 games in the NBA, Mayo was held out of the starting lineup Saturday because he was late for the team's shootaround.

76ers' Brand suspended

Philadelphia 76ers forward Elton Brand has been suspended without pay for one game for committing a flagrant foul against Washington Wizards center JaVell McGee on Tuesday night.

Brand was ejected with 3:32 left in regulation for a deliberate two-handed knockdown shove on McGee after a dunk in a 116-114 overtime loss to the Wizards.

Thunder send Aldrich down

The Oklahoma City Thunder is sending first-round draft choice Cole Aldrich to the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League.

Thunder general manager Sam Presti announced the move Wednesday. Aldrich has played in five games this season for Oklahoma City, averaging 1.0 points and 2.2 rebounds in about 9.6 minutes per game.

Celtics' West breaks wrist

Boston guard Delonte West left the Celtics' game against the New Jersey Nets after breaking his right wrist.

Wednesday's games

Raptors 106, 76ers 90: Andrea Bargnani scored 24 points, Reggie Evans set season highs with 12 points and 20 rebounds and host Toronto extended its winning streak to four games with a victory over Philadelphia.

Knicks 99, Bobcats 95: Raymond Felton had 23 points and 13 assists against his former team, Amare Stoudemire added 20 points and six blocks, and New York squeaked past host Charlotte for its fifth straight win.

Cavaliers 83, Bucks 81: Mo Williams dropped a 15-foot jumper over Milwaukee's Brandon Jennings as time expired to help Cleveland snap a three-game losing streak at home.

Celtics 89, Nets 83: Shaquille O'Neal scored a season-high 25 points, even hitting four straight free throws in the fourth quarter as Boston came back to win at home.

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