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ATLANTA (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers opened with their highest-scoring quarter of the season and beat the Atlanta Hawks 101-90 last night. Josh Smith, who led Atlanta with 19 points, scored to cut Philadelphia's lead to 54-45 late in the first half.

ATLANTA (AP) — The East team scored an 87-81 victory over the West yesterday in the college all-star game at the Final Four. The East team, coached by Tennessee's Cuonzo Martin, built a 15-point lead in the second half before squandering nearly all of it. But the West couldn't finish the comeback,

ATLANTA (AP) — Louisville already had the bigger names, the better team and some unfinished business after coming up short in last year's Final Four. All Wichita State had was the cute-and-cuddly underdog angle. Now the Shockers don't even have that. The Cardinals are not only favored in Saturday's national semifinal, they are the public's favorite.

ATLANTA (AP) — Downtown Atlanta is a sea of color for the NCAA men's Final Four. But it's not just Louisville red, Michigan's maize and gold, Syracuse orange and Wichita State yellow. Mike Maloney stood outside the Bracket Town fan fest wearing a Florida Gators baseball cap and Illinois windbreaker. It covered a 2012 Final Four T-shirt from New Orleans.

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