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SOUTH BEND, Ind. Cheap Nike Sb Shoes Australia . -- Notre Dame sent quite the message in its Atlantic Coast Conference debut. Eric Atkins scored 19 points, Pat Connaughton had 16 and the Fighting Irish upset No. 7 Duke 79-77 on Saturday. The victory comes in the wake of leading scorer Jerian Grants dismissal from school two weeks ago for an academic violation and provides a much-needed confidence boost as the Irish begin play in their new league. "Its really important for our group given the two weeks weve had to feel like, Hey, we may still have a shot at this thing. Because nobody else thought we had a shot," Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said. Atkins scored seven points during a decisive 20-4 run as Notre Dame rallied from a 10-point deficit and held on to win two weeks after squandering an eight-point lead in the final 50 seconds against No. 3 Ohio State at Madison Square Garden. "It definitely gives us a lot of life. Everybodys confidence is up now, winning such a big game," Atkins said. The Irish (10-4, 1-0) improved to 13-6 against top-10 teams at home under Brey. It was the first loss in an ACC opener for the Blue Devils (11-3, 0-1) in seven seasons. Rodney Hood, who led the Blue Devils with 27 points, said Duke played like an immature team, allowing the Irish to hold the ball for long periods and then score as the shot clock ticked down. "When we needed a stop, we didnt get a stop," Hood said. "We had some balls go in and out, but I can name at least 10 plays where it was a breaking point and we didnt pull it off." Duke used a 9-0 run to open a 49-40 lead early in the second half and stretched the lead to 60-50 when Andre Dawkins made a 3 from the top of the key with about 11 minutes left. But when Notre Dame went to a small lineup to try to guard the Blue Devils better from behind the arc, Demetrius Jackson hit a 3 to spark the 20-4 run. "I thought that was the biggest shot of the game," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "If we get a stop, we could have gone up by 12. That was a huge shot." Atkins tied the game on a layup, and then followed with another basket inside on a pass from Connaughton. Steve Vasturia, who wasnt getting much playing time before Grant was dismissed, hit a 3-pointer to give the Irish a 68-64 lead after Duke freshman Jabari Parker, who struggled all game, badly missed a 3. "That was a huge shot to really make us believe," Brey said. The Blue Devils closed within one point twice in the final 2 minutes, but the Irish didnt wilt under the pressure. Atkins made a layup after Duke cut it to 72-71, and then Garrick Sherman hit a free throw with 16 seconds left after missing the first. Duke still had a chance to tie the game, but Hood dribbled too deep and had a pass stolen by Jackson. Each team finished with six turnovers. Krzyzewski blamed the loss on Dukes defence. "We just stopped playing the defence that we were playing," he said. Sherman had 14 points as the Irish outscored Duke 44-16 in the paint. Quinn Cook had 22 points for Duke, which was 12 of 28 from beyond the arc, one shy of its season high. Parker, who grew up 90 miles away in Chicago, failed to score in double figures for the first time this season. He missed his first four shots, including a 12-foot baseline air ball, and had a jumper blocked by Austin Burgett. Cook looked frustrated at the end of the first half when it appeared Parker ran the wrong play. Parker had seven points on 2-for-10 shooting and wasnt in the game at the end. "He just wasnt having a good game," Krzyzewski said. Brey said good team defence played a role in Parkers off day. "I think there was a great team awareness of him. I wish we could have used some of that on Hood," he said. Brey improved to 1-1 against his former boss. "Its a historic day for us, our first ACC game," Brey said. 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DeMar DeRozan finished with 20 points, while Raptors newcomer Greivis Vasquez added 11, and Jonas Valanciunas had 10 boards to go with nine points. But it was Lowry who was the recipient of most of Caseys post-game praise, mostly for the leadership hes showing. At one point during the fourth quarter Saturday, Lowry jumped in to separate Valanciunas and Knicks big man Tyson Chandler. "Just in the locker-room, in practice, on the court, his encouragement to the young players, how you say things to young players, hes been great at that," Casey said. "With all the trade rumours, and all the bullcrap thats going around, hes been positive and upbeat, and a leader. "He could have. . . isolated himself from everybody else, but he dove in and has been positive about it. Im happy for him, and proud of him for handling himself that way." Lowry shrugged off Caseys comments. "What am I going to do? Its a business. Am I going to be mad?" Lowry said. "It is what it is, Im not really worried about it, Ive said it 50 million times and Im going to say it 50 more, until something happens, Im a Raptor and Im going to play for the Raptors and play hard for the Raptors." Torontos victory over the beleaguered Knicks was the second in as many nights, coming a day after they rallied from a 12-point third-quarter deficit to win 95-83 in New York. The Raptors never trailed by more than two points Saturday, and took the lead for good late in the first quarter, pulling away in the second with crisp ball movement, strong team play, and the hot hand of Ross before taking an 85-71 lead into the fourth. Vasquez, acquired in the trade that sent Rudy Gay to Sacramento, drained three consecutive three-pointers in the third for a 17-point Toronto lead. But the Knicks put up some resistance down the stretch, pulling to within six points on a basket by Tyson Chandler with 3:50 left to play. Lowry, who was just two rebounds shy of a triple-double on the night, responded with a pair of free throws and a three-pointer to put Toronto up by 11 and out of danger to the relief of a sellout Air Canada CCentre crowd of 19,800. Cheap Nike Sb Australia. Amare Soudemire had 23 points to top the Knicks (9-21), who were missing Carmelo Anthony (sprained left ankle) and Metta World Peace (sore left knee). Chandler added 16, while former Raptor Andrea Bargnani had 12 points in 17 minutes. "Either way, whether its by 20 or by one, its still a loss," said the Knicks JR Smith. "Every loss is difficult. We try to learn from it as much as you can but it just keeps happening." The Raptors were back in Toronto after going 3-1 on the road -- a stretch that included victories over Oklahoma City and Dallas. Their confidence right now is soaring. "Were not beating just any teams, were going into other places and beating good teams, thats what its all about, and thats what weve got to keep doing if we want to be a playoff team," DeRozan said. The victory in Dallas in particular, DeRozan said "just showed you we could play with anyone." The Raptors shot 45 per cent on the night, while allowing the Knicks to shoot 49 per cent. They outrebounded their visitors 45-37. Ross, whos been making the most of his increased playing time since Gay was traded, shot 7-for-11 from three-point range, and had a massive dunk in the second quarter that brought the crowd to its feet. DeRozan said his advice to Ross was: "You jump higher than anybody on the court. Youre a great shooter. You can do so much. Just use it." Bargnani, meanwhile, was booed mercilessly during introductions in his first regular-season game in Toronto since the Raptors traded him to New York last summer. Some fans chanted "Primo!" -- a reference to his Toronto pasta commercials. The seven-foot Italian was drafted No. 1 overall in 2006, and played his first seven NBA seasons in Toronto, but fans had little love left for Bargnani by the time he departed. Before the game, Bargnani made light of the boos he knew hed surely face. "Its not the first time I got booed. Its not the last time. Ive been playing in Europe since I was 14. Its not just about the boos. Its about life. a You hear them," he said. "But like I say, its not the first time, its not the last time." Lowry raced out to a strong start, with nine points and four assists in a first quarter that saw the lead change hands nine times. The Raptors took a 26-22 lead into the second. Toronto turned it up a notch in the second, and a driving layup by Lowry with just under a minute to go before the break put the Raptors up by 14 points. The Raptors took a 57-44 lead into the dressing room at halftime. Ross drained three buckets from beyond the arc in the third, his third one with 4:14 left putting the home team up by 20 points. NOTES: Fridays game at New York was the first of 11 straight against Eastern Conference opponents. . . The Raptors play the Bulls on New Years Eve, then return home to host the Indiana Pacers on New Years Day. ' ' '

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