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Feb 24, 2014 5:39 AM by Chelsea DeCesare

Collins enters game, NBA's first openly gay player

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jason Collins has become the first openly gay player to see action in an NBA game.

Collins, who was signed Sunday to a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets, entered the game against the Lakers in Los Angeles with 10:28 left in the second quarter and the Nets leading 35-26 after Nick Young made the first of his two free throws.

The crowd welcomed him with a nice ovation when public address announcer Lawrence Tanter announced his name.

Earlier, Collins said he was too busy trying to learn plays to worry about making history.

With a need for another big man, the Nets turned to the 7-foot Collins, who helped them reach two NBA Finals in the early 2000s.

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