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England player scores in NBA debut

The England basketball international John Amaechi created history but still made a losing start to his career in the US National Association, writes Ian Whittell. Amaechi, 24, became the first Englishman to start a game in the NBA when he played for the Cleveland Cavaliers in their season-opening fixture against the Orlando Magic on Friday night. Amaechi played for 26 of the game's 48 minutes as the Magic, runners-up to the Houston Rockets in last season's NBA Finals, recorded a 99-88 win.