AP Monday Sports Roundup
Spurs clinch spot in next round of playoffs...Curry hurt again as Warriors win
UNDATED (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs and Cleveland Cavaliers are the first teams to advance to the second round of the NBA playoffs. Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors took a 3-1 series lead despite playing the second half without their catalyst.
Kawhi Leonard scored 21 points and LaMarcus Aldridge had a double-double as the Spurs slammed the Grizzlies 116-95 in Memphis. Aldridge finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Spurs, who also received 16 points from Tony Parker in completing the ninth series sweep in franchise history.
San Antonio led by just two before opening the third quarter on a 22-8 run. The Spurs hit 14 of their 22 shots in the period to outscore Memphis 37-21.
Lance Stephenson scored 26 points off the bench for the Grizzlies.
There was a 19-minute delay in the first half after a power surge knocked out the main lights in the arena.
The Cavaliers landed the knockout punch against Detroit as Kyrie Irving capped his 31-point night by canning a 3-pointer in the final minute of a 100-98 triumph over the Pistons. The Cavs led by just one until Irving launched a trey with 42 seconds remaining.
LeBron James delivered 22 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, and J.R. Smith scored all 15 of his points on 5-for-7 shooting from 3-point range.
Golden State didn't need much production from Stephen Curry to grab a 3-1 lead in its conference quarterfinal series. Klay Thompson scored 23 points and the Warriors set an NBA playoff record by draining 21 3-pointers in a 121-94 pounding of the Rockets in Houston. The Warriors made eight 3s in the third quarter alone to set a franchise playoff record for a period. Thompson led the way from long range, going 7 of 11 for the game.
Curry scored just six points on 2 of 9 shooting in 18 minutes after missing the previous two games with a sprained right ankle. He did not play in the second half after spraining his right knee on the final play of the second quarter. He'll undergo an MRI on the knee Monday.
Andre Iguodala added a season-high 22 points for the Warriors, who can wrap up the series Wednesday in Oakland.
Boston and Atlanta are tied at two games apiece after Isaiah Thomas allowed the Celtics to overcome Paul Millsap's performance.
Thomas dropped in 28 points and hit a couple of huge baskets down the stretch as the Celtics outlasted the Hawks 104-95 in overtime. Thomas hit a 3-pointer with 30 seconds left and added a pair of free throws that clinched the win. He also provided the game-tying bucket with 15 seconds left in regulation to force OT.
Marcus Smart came off the bench to add 20 points, while Evan Turner added 17 points, seven boards and six assists.
The Hawks lost despite Millsap's playoff career-high 45 points and 13 rebounds. Millsap hit a layup that put the Hawks ahead by 11 with just over three minutes left in the third period.
Game 5 is Tuesday in Atlanta.
Thunder players hit with fines
NEW YORK (AP) —The NBA has fined Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant for violations in Game 4 of their Western Conference playoff series. Westbrook was fined $25,000 for directing inappropriate language at a fan in Dallas. Durant was penalized $15,000 for his flagrant foul 2 on Justin Anderson with 50 seconds left in the game.
The Thunder lead the series 3-1.
Batum says he might play
CHARLOTTE (AP) — Injured Charlotte Hornets forward Nicolas Batum says he's not ruling himself out for Game 4 of the Hornets' first-round playoff series with Miami on Monday. Batum missed the third game of the series with a strained left foot, though the Hornets won the game 96-80 to pull within a 2-1 disadvantage.
No commitment yet from James
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — LeBron James says contrary to a report from a longtime NBA writer, he has not committed to play for the United States at the Olympics. James would have a chance to win his third Olympic gold medal if he plays in Brazil this summer.
Caps, Stars, Isles advance
UNDATED (AP) — Six down, two to go.
The Washington Capitals, Dallas Stars and New York Islanders are the latest teams to advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, one day before St. Louis and Chicago square off in Game 7 of their series.
Braden Holtby turned back 26 shots and Nicklas Backstrom scored the lone goal as the Caps eliminated the Flyers 1-0 in Philadelphia. Holtby preserved the series-clinching victory by making nice saves on Shayne Gostisbehere and Jakub Voracek after the Flyers pulled goaltender Michal Neuvirth for an extra attacker.
The game was scoreless until Backstrom scored 8:59 into the second period. That was enough offense to move the Capitals into the next round against Pittsburgh, which knocked off the Rangers in five games.
The Stars carried a 4-0 lead into the third period before escaping with a 5-4 series victory at Minnesota. The Wild scored three times in the first nine minutes of the final period before Alex Goligoski netted the eventual game-winner.
Jason Spezza contributed a goal and three assists for the Stars, while Jamie Benn added a goal and three points.
Jared Spurgeon had two power-play goals for the Wild before Jason Pominville cut the Stars' lead to 5-4 with 4:47 remaining.
Dallas next faces the winner of Monday's Game 7 between St. Louis and Chicago.
The best game of the day was in Brooklyn as John Tavares scored the tying and winning goals in the Islanders' 2-1, double-overtime victory against Florida. The Panthers led 1-0 on Jonathan Huberdeau's first-period goal, and it remained that way until Tavares scored with 53.2 seconds left in regulation. The Isles' captain ended it by beating Roberto Luongo on a wraparound at 10:41 of the second extra session, giving Tavares five goals and nine points in the series.
Thomas Greiss stopped 41 shots in helping the Islanders win a series clincher for the first time since 1993. Greiss allowed just two goals in the last two games, both double-overtime victories.
Luongo handled 49 shots for the Panthers, who were 0-3 in overtime during the series.
Next up for the Islanders is Tampa Bay.
Veteran to retire
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — With his Los Angeles Kings eliminated from the playoffs, Vincent Lecavalier says he still plans to retire this summer. The 17-year NHL veteran scored 949 points and leaves the game with one Stanley Cup championship, in 2004 with Tampa Bay.
Lecavalier also won the Richard Trophy in 2007 as the NHL's top goal-scorer.
Chicago teams solid so far
UNDATED (AP) — Two of the best teams in the majors right now reside in Chicago. The White Sox own the American League's best record at 13-6, while the Cubs are No. 2 in the National League at 14-5.
Mat Latos is 4-0 scattering seven hits while holding Texas to a run over six innings of the White Sox's 4-1 victory over Texas. The game was tied 1-1 in the fifth until the Pale Hose scored on a wild pitch and Dioner Navarro's sac-fly. Navarro also hit a solo homer for the White Sox, who are off to their best 19-game start since 2006.
The Cubs blew out the Reds 9-0 in Cincinnati as Anthony Rizzo homered twice and collected four RBIs. Jayson Heyward was 4-for-5 with three RBIs to back Jason Hammel, who gave up just three hits in six innings.
Tommy La Stella also went deep for the Cubbies.
The top team in the majors remains Washington after the Nationals rallied in the ninth and 15th innings before beating Minnesota 6-5 on Chris Heisey's homer leading off the bottom of the 16th. The Twins were three outs from a 4-3 victory until pinch hitter Bryce Harper belted his ninth homer of the season. The Nats tied it again on a throwing error by catcher John Ryan Murphy.
Wilson Ramos had two RBIs for the Nats, who are 14-4 after completing a three-game sweep.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— St. Louis beat San Diego 8-5 as Matt Carpenter tripled home the tiebreaking run in the eighth before scoring on Randal Grichuk's two-run double later in the inning. Jedd Gyorko and Aledmys Diaz hit solo homers in the Cardinals' second straight win.
— Pittsburgh pulled out a 12-10 win at Arizona as Sean Rodriguez lined a tiebreaking, RBI double in the 13th inning before scoring on Jon Niese's single. Starling Marte had four hits and was one of four Pirates with two RBIs, Rodriguez, Gregory Polanco and Jason Rogers being the others.
— Jacob deGrom looked OK in his first start since the Mets' home opener, allowing eight hits but just one run over 5 2/3 innings to help New York beat Atlanta 3-2 and complete a three-game sweep. Michael Conforto hit a tiebreaking, RBI double in the sixth and finished with two RBIs as the Mets completed a 7-2 road trip.
— Scooter Gennett and Alex Presley homered while Milwaukee was erupting for six runs in the sixth to turn a 4-2 deficit into an eventual 8-5 win over Philadelphia. Ryan Braun also homered and Kirk Neiuwenhuis hit a go-ahead, two-run double for the Brewers.
— Miami squandered a 4-2 lead before J.T. Realmuto homered in the eighth to lift the Marlins past the Giants 5-4 in San Francisco. Giancarlo Stanton socked his first homer of the season while going 3-for-4.
— Corey Seager's two-run double capped the Los Angeles dodgers' five-run ninth in a 12-10 win over the Rockies in Colorado. Seager had three RBIs and Joc Pederson for the Dodgers, who scored the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch by Jake McGee.
— Kansas City knocked off Baltimore 6-1 as Yordano Ventura held the Orioles to a run and three hits in seven innings. Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer hit solo homers before the Royals put together a four-run seventh to take control.
— Jose Ramirez and Marlon Byrd drove in two runs apiece as Cleveland doubled up Detroit 6-3. But the Indians lost pitcher Carlos Carrasco to a left hamstring injury suffered while covering first base in the third inning.
— Corey Dickerson and Steven Souza Jr. each crushed two-run homers off Michael Pineda while Tampa Bay put together a five-run first in an 8-1 laugher over the Yankees in New York. Souza homered twice, Steve Pearce and Logan Forsythe added solo shots and Drew Smyly gave up a run and six hits in seven innings.
— Ezequiel Carrera led off the bottom of the third with a homer to spark a four-run rally in Toronto's 6-3 triumph against Oakland. Jose Bautista added a two-run blast in the fourth, and Drew Hutchison gave up two runs and four hits in 5 2/3 innings.
— Kyle Seager slammed a three-run homer in the first inning before Leonys Martin and Seth Smith added two-run blasts in Seattle's 9-4 rout of the Los Angeles Angels. Wade Miley gave up four runs over 7 1/3 innings for his first win of the season.
— Jackie Bradley Jr. had two RBIs, including a run-scoring single that snapped a 5-5 tie in Boston's 7-5, 12-inning win at Houston. The Astros dropped the rubber match of the series after Colby Rasmus tied the game with a two-out, two-run homer off Craig Kimbrel in the ninth.
Updates from baseball
UNDATED (AP) — White Sox catcher Alex Avila has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with an injured right hamstring suffered while running the bases on Saturday. Avila was hitting .214 for the AL's top team.
And Phillies starting pitcher Charlie Morton will be out at least two weeks with a strained left hamstring. The right-hander was placed on the 15-day disabled list after getting hurt while running to first on a sacrifice attempt in the second inning of a 10-6 win Saturday night in Milwaukee. Morton is 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA in four starts.
Last lap action leads to Edwards victory
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Carl Edwards claimed his second straight Sprint Cup victory by bumping and passing teammate Kyle Busch on the last lap to win Sunday's race at Richmond International Raceway. Edwards won it despite falling nearly 1.5 seconds behind his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate after a restart with 36 laps to go.
Jimmie Johnson finished third, followed by Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne and pole-sitter Kevin Harvick.
IndyCar in Birmingham
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Pole sitter Simon Pagenaud led most of the way and overcame late contact with Graham Rahal to win the IndyCar race in Birmingham, Alabama. Pagenaud led 84 of the 90 laps go get the victory.
PGA TOUR-TEXAS OPEN
Hoffman finishes first
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Charley Hoffman shot a final round 3-under-69 to win the PGA's Texas Open. He finished play 12-under-par one shot in front of Patrick Reed and two in front of Chad Collins. The win is Hoffman's fourth on the PGA Tour.
Nomura wins in California
DALY CITY, Calif. (AP) — Haru Nomura held on to win the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, her second tour victory of the year. The 23-year-old Japanese player closed with a 1-over 73 for a 9-under total, four strokes ahead of South Africa's Lee-Anne Pace.
CHAMPIONS TOUR-LEGENDS OF GOLF
Austin and Allen win in Missouri
RIDGEDALE, Mo. (AP) — Woody Austin and Michael Allen won the PGA Tour Champions' Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf. Austin and Allen birdied the final hole for a one-stroke victory over David Frost and Roger Chapman.
Austin and Allen closed with a 6-under 48 for a 23-under total, giving Austin his second straight victory and three in the last four Champions Tour events.