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Miami Heat guard Mario Chalmers, center, drives to the basket against Washington Wizards forward Jan Vesely, left, and center Kevin Seraphin during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 10, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Miami Heat guard Mario Chalmers, center, drives to the basket against Washington Wizards forward Jan Vesely, left, and center Kevin Seraphin during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 10, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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As Jay-Z sells, Nets losing minor owner, big name

AP Basketball Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets are losing one of their biggest names as they prepare for the playoffs.

Jay-Z owned just a little piece of the team, but was a large presence when the franchise changed homes and identities this season.

The rap mogul is selling his stake in the Nets so he can become certified as a player agent, possibly before the end of the season. The process is underway, with paperwork already filed, a person with knowledge of the details said Wednesday.

NBA rules prevent anyone from being involved in ownership and player representation.

Yahoo Sports, which first reported Jay-Z’s plans, said his Roc Nation company has partnered with Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and hopes to compete for players in this June’s NBA draft.

Jay-Z owns less than 1 percent of the Nets, but has had a major impact with the franchise’s move to his hometown. He had input and in some cases complete control of everything from the interior of the $1 billion Barclays Center to the design of the team’s black-and-white uniforms, which he debuted himself during his run of eight sold-out concerts in September that served as the debut of the arena.

A spokesman for Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, did not respond to a message.



WASHINGTON — Ray Allen scored 23 points, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade chilled at the end of the bench, and the Miami Heat’s B-squad gave the resting A-team the gift of home-court advantage throughout the playoffs Wednesday night, clinching the best record in the NBA with a 103-98 victory over the Washington Wizards.


With James (right hamstring) and Wade (sprained ankle and bruised knee) looking like two guys sitting at a bus stop, and Chris Bosh at home with flu-like symptoms, plus Udonis Haslem getting the night off because of a sore right ankle, the what-was-left-over of the Heat committed 25 turnovers but still managed the win that assured they’ll finish better than the Western Conference-leading San Antonio Spurs.


A.J. Price tied a career high with 23 points for the Wizards.


Magic 113, Bucks 103


ORLANDO, Fla. — Nik Vucevic had 30 points and 20 rebounds, Tobias Harris added 30 points and 19 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic rallied for a overtime victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.


The Magic overcame a five-point deficit in the final minute of regulation, sending it to OT on a 3-pointer by Harris with 1.9 seconds left. Vucevic and Harris combined for nine points in the extra period to help Orlando snap a five-game losing streak.


Monta Ellis led the Bucks with 21 points, and John Henson and Mike Dunleavy each added 17. Henson also had 25 rebounds for Milwaukee, which lost its 14th straight game in Orlando.


Brandon Jennings left early in the first half with a sore left Achilles tendon and didn’t return.


Hawks 124, 76ers 101


PHILADELPHIA — Josh Smith had 28 points and 12 rebounds, John Jenkins added 21 points and the Atlanta Hawks blitzed the Philadelphia.


Mike Scott contributed 17, Al Horford had 16 and Jeff Teague 13 for the Hawks, who snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 43-36.


The Hawks pulled into a tie with the Chicago Bulls for fifth place in the Eastern Conference playoff chase. The Hawks recently clinched their sixth straight playoff berth but were coming off losses to the Sixers, New York Knicks and San Antonio.


Thaddeus Young led the reeling Sixers with 28 points, while Nick Young had 19 off the bench.


Dorell Wright contributed 15 points and Jrue Holiday had 12 but continued to struggle with his shot, going 4 for 14.


Pistons 111, Cavaliers 104


CLEVELAND — Andre Drummond scored a career-high 29 points and the Detroit Pistons won a second straight game for the first time in two months with a victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.


Greg Monroe’s basket with 38.8 seconds remaining gave Detroit a 105-103 lead and the Pistons, who hadn’t won consecutive games since Feb. 8-9, swept the four-game season series from the Cavaliers. Detroit has beaten Cleveland six straight times.


Drummond also grabbed 11 rebounds, while Monroe scored 23 points and Rodney Stuckey added 18.


Kyrie Irving scored 27 points, including 21 in the second half, but missed a 3-pointer that would have given the Cavaliers the lead with 21 seconds left. The All-Star guard was playing on the second night of back-to-back games for the first time since returning from a shoulder injury.


Nets 101, Celtics 93


BOSTON — Deron Williams had 29 points and 12 assists to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a win over the Boston Celtics.


Brook Lopez scored 21 points and Joe Johnson added 20 for Brooklyn, which won for the 12 time in 18 games overall and beat the Celtics for the third time in four meetings this season.


The Nets moved closer to wrapping up fourth place in the Eastern Conference and clinching homecourt advantage in the first round. Brooklyn owns a 3 1/2-game edge over idle Chicago with four games left to play in the regular season.


Paul Pierce led Boston with 23 points, Jeff Green added 11 and Kevin Garnett had 11 points and eight rebounds in his second game back after missing the previous eight with an inflamed left ankle.


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