THE NBA

Will Hornets deal Baron Davis before the deadline? • Warriors' Murphy dials long distance • Darko Milicic pouts in Detroit

BASEBALL

Mets lead a trio of downtrodden teams that have opened their checkbooks • Charting the biggest free-agent spenders

COLOR PHOTOPhotograph by John W. McDonough T FOR TWO Tracy McGrady slips past the Lakers' Kobe Bryant for a layup during Houston's 111--104 loss at Los Angeles last Friday. T-Mac finished with 26 points, then exploded for 45 and 12 boards in a Rockets win over Denver on Sunday.