Matheson’s first of season wins it for Panthers in OT

Despite outshooting the Panthers 35-29, the Wings dropped to 1-6-3 in their last nine games.

“They never took a body off him, and we could never take advantage of it,” Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy said. “He got shots for other guys, but we didn’t make any of them.”

The Pistons have lost six straight for the first time since late in the 2014-15 season.

“We’ve lost some confidence and we need to get it back,” Van Gundy said. “We knew we were going to play a month unlike anyone else in the NBA, and we started it well, but now it has gotten bad.”

The NFL on Friday issued a memo to teams disputing that claim.

Earlier this week, reports surfaced that the NFL had proposed the massive funding initiative after meetings with the Players Coalition, a group of players meeting with league officials on social justice issues. Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and retired wide receiver Anquan Boldin founded that group and have led talks with the league.

But Reid and some other players walked away from the coalition this week over disagreement about how that initiative would be funded.

Jonas Valanciunas had 23 points and 15 rebounds for the Raptors, who led by 13 points in the first half. Serge Ibaka and DeMar DeRozan each scored 17 points.

“We have spurts of it. It’s every guy. It’s not one thing or another. The bottom line is as a team we haven’t played well enough.”

“The last month has not been what we wanted,” Ottawa leading scorer Mark Stone said. “We might have to make a few changes to get ourselves back on track.”

Stone leads the Senators in scoring with 25 points (14 goals, 11 assists).

Goaltender Craig Anderson has a save percentage of .895 in 22 games, while backup Mike Condon has a save percentage of .902 in 10 contests.royals_085

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