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Smith's career game honors late father

Nolan Smith scores career-high 29, leads Duke over Baylor and into the Final Four

Originally Published: March 27, 2010
By Dana O'Neil | ESPN.com

HOUSTON -- The text messages started rolling in to Nolan Smith's phone early in the morning, alerting the Duke guard to quickly turn on the television.

In their hotel room, Nolan and his roommate, Jordan Davidson, flipped the channel to ESPN just in time to catch the last bit of an "Outside the Lines" piece on Nolan's father, Derek.

Nolan listened to Derek's former teammates talk admirably about the man who died in 1996 of a heart attack and watched clips from ...

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