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Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- On Sunday the Philadelphia Flyers did something they haven't done in years, win at Madison Square Garden. The Flyers beat the New York Rangers 4-2 to tie their series up at 1-1.

After trailing 2-0 in the first period, it was the Flyers who controlled the rest of the game.

It was the Flyers first win at Madison Square Garden since Feb. 20, 2011.

Backup goalie Ray Emery was filling in again for starter Steve Mason who also missed Game 1 with an upper body injury. Emery was sharp after the early struggles as he wound up making 31 saves overall.

"I tried to stay even-keeled, whether it's going well or you don't get off to the start you want," Emery said after the game. "I play with a system in there, and I just kind of rely on that. I've had leads before and I've been down before so it's kind of a consistent approach."

Defenseman Luke Schenn scored the go-ahead goal in the second period followed by a power-play goal by Wayne Simmonds.

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Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- So far so good for the defending NBA Champion Miami Heat. In Game 1 of their opening round playoff series, they defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 99-88.

After scoring just 19 points in the first quarter, the Heat turned it on and showed just why they're the defending champs.

Leading the way for Miami was Lebron James and Dwayne Wade. James scored a game-high 27 points and also had nine rebounds in the win. Dwayne Wade wound up scoring 23 points and also had five assists in the contest.

The Bobcats wouldn't go down without a fight. Point guard Kemba Walker scored a team-high 20 points while center Al Jefferson scored 18 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in the loss.

Not only was it a big night for the Heat, but for James personally as well. With his 27-point performance, he passed Larry Bird for eighth place on the playoff's all-time scoring list.

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Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- Shortstop Alex Gonzalez' tenure with the Detroit Tigers last just nine games as the team has released the veteran and purchased the contract of infielder Danny Worth from Triple-A-Toledo.

Gonzalez was the Tigers Opening Day shortstop, he even had the game-winning hit in the ninth inning. But the team has decided to move on so early into the season.

Now in his seventeenth season, the 37-year-old Gonzalez batted just .167 with a .219 on base percentage. He drove in only two runs for hte Tigers as well.

With the loss of Jhonny Peralta via free agency and Jose Iglesias due to injury, the Tigers have struggled to fill the hole left by those two.

Austin Romine is expect to fill in for Gonzalez at shortstop going forward.

Worth has played in 115 games for the Tigers from 2010-2013. He hit .242 over that span.

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Christian Petersen/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) -- Some things just never chance, even in sports. The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Dallas Mavericks 90-85 on Sunday thanks in large part due to the performance of none other than Tim Duncan.

Duncan scored a game-high 27 points in the game while Tony Parker added 21 points of his own. Manu Ginobili added in 17 points as well.

Even though it was a balanced effort by the defending Western Conference Champions, but it was all about Duncan, who scored nine points in the paint in the fourth quarter to help overcome the team's 10-point deficit.

"Timmy, he's not going to score 24 a game or anything like that," Spurs head coach Greg Popovich said. "He's the base from which everything occurs, whether he's scoring or not. It just gives us a comfort level a point from which to operate. He plays (defense), he rebounds, scores here and there, he just dos the job."

Devin Harris led the Mavericks with 19 points and five assists while Dirk Nowitzki scored just 11 points.

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Jim McIssac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Curtis Granderson hit a sacrifice fly in the 14th inning, and the New York Mets prevented a three-game sweep by downing the Atlanta Braves 4-3 on Sunday.

Kirk Nieuwenheis led off the bottom of the 14th inning with a walk.  He advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Ruben Tejada.   Gus Schlosser (0-1) intentionally walked Eric Young Jr. to load the bases, bringing up the slumping Granderson.

"It felt really good," Granderson said. "Any way to help the team win a big game."

Jose Valverde (1-0) earned the win after working a scoreless inning in the top of the 14th.  Zack Wheeler started the game for New York, tossing six innings.

David Wright collected four hits for the Mets (9-9), who took advantage of three early errors by Atlanta.  The Braves (12-6), had won seven of eight heading into Sunday.

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