AP Monday Sports Roundup
Miami moves on and Warriors win again
UNDATED (AP) — The Splash Brothers are temporarily broken up, but that hasn't stopped the Golden State Warriors from raining 3-pointers on their opponents.
Klay Thompson shot 7-for-14 from beyond the arc and finished with a game-high 37 points as the Warriors hammered Portland 118-106 in Game 1 of the NBA's Western Conference semifinals. Thompson scored 18 points on 7-for-10 shooting in the first quarter, including four treys while Golden State built a 37-17 lead. He became the first player in league history to hit at least seven 3s in three straight postseason games.
Draymond Green had his second career postseason triple-double with 23 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists for the defending champs. Shaun Livingston contributed 12 points and six assists in place of Stephen Curry, who remains sidelined with a sprained right knee.
Coach Steve Kerr says the odds are "pretty slim" that Curry will be ready for Game 2 Tuesday night in Oakland. Curry has resumed light shooting without movement on his injured right knee with the hopes he can get into scrimmages later this week, perhaps in time to be ready for Game 3 of the series.
Trail Blazers forward Damian Lillard finished with a team-high 30 points despite missing 11 of his first 13 shots.
Meanwhile, the Miami Heat advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals with a lopsided victory in Game 7 of the quarterfinals.
Goran Dragic dropped in 25 points and had six boards in the Heat's 106-73 dismantling of Charlotte. Gerald Green added 16 points for Miami, which led by 12 before outscoring the Hornets 29-11 in the third quarter.
The Hornets shot a miserable 32 percent, with Frank Kaminsky shooting 3-for-15 and Kemba Walker missing 13 of his 16 shots. Kaminsky still had a team-best 12 points for Charlotte, which dropped the last two games of the series after stealing Game 5 in Miami.
The Heat's next opponent will be Toronto after the Raptors survived a seven-game series with Indiana.
DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 15 rebounds and 10 points as the Raptors eliminated the Pacers 89-84. DeRozan clinched the victory by hitting two free throws with 6 1/2 seconds left after Indiana got within 87-84.
Rookie Norman Powell added 13 points for Toronto, while Kyle Lowry had 11 and nine assists to help the Raptors win a seven-game series for the first time in team history.
Paul George had 26 points and 12 rebounds for the Pacers, who trailed by 14 heading into the final period before limiting Toronto to 11 points.
The Heat-Raptors series begins Tuesday in Toronto.
Blues beat Stars in OT...Sharks are 2-up
UNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Blues have squared their NHL second-round series at one game apiece by earning a split in Dallas.
David Backes scored a power-play goal off a rebound 10:58 into overtime to give the Blues a 4-3 victory over the Stars. Backes gave himself a special gift on his 32nd birthday after the Blues blew a 3-1 lead in the third period.
Patrik Berglund, Joel Edmondson and Troy Brouwer scored on the Blues' first five shots to chase Kari Lehtonen. Antti Niemi turned back the Blues' next 19 shots before surrendering the game-winner.
Mattias Janmark and Jamie Benn provided the third-period goals that forced OT.
Brian Elliott stopped 31 shots for the Blues, who host Game 3 on Tuesday.
San Jose owns a 2-0 lead in its second-round series after the Sharks scored a pair of late goals to earn a 3-2 victory over Nashville. Joe Pavelski broke a 1-1 tie with 2:40 remaining before assisting on Joe Thornton's empty-net goal. Pavelski also set up Logan Couture's power-play tally late in the second period.
Martin Jones stopped 37 shots and was perfect until Mattias Ekholm briefly tied the game with 7:04 to play.
Pekka Rinne made 22 saves for the Predators, who host Game 3 on Tuesday.
Caps defenseman suspended for late hit
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik has been suspended three games for his late hit to the head of Pittsburgh defenseman Olli Maatta in Game 2 of the second-round series Saturday.
Orpik hit Maatta in the head after the puck left the area four minutes into Game 2 Saturday. Orpik was given a two-minute minor penalty for interference.
Maatta left the game and did not return.
Braves stop latest skid
UNDATED (AP) — The Atlanta Braves were able to get a rare victory by downing the major league's top team.
The Braves blew a 3-0 lead before Nick Markakis lifted a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning to lift Atlanta past the Cubs 4-3 in Chicago. The Braves had dropped nine of their previous 10 before taking a 3-0 lead Sunday on a sacrifice fly, an error and a double-play grounder. Addison Russell singled home the tying run in the ninth following the Cubs' two-run eighth.
The outcome leaves the Cubs 17-6 and gives the Braves a 6-18 mark.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— Clayton Kershaw provided the day's best pitching performance, striking out 14 and tossing a three-hitter in the Dodgers' 1-0 shutout of San Diego. Kershaw also singled home the lone run off Drew Pomeranz, who absorbed the loss despite yielding just three hits in seven frames.
— Pittsburgh's six-game winning streak ended with Scott Schebler's RBI double in the 11th inning of Cincinnati's 6-5 triumph against the Pirates. Schebler and Jay Bruce drove in two runs apiece to help the Reds overcome Gregory Polanco's solo homer and a two-out, game-tying solo blast by John Jaso in the bottom of the ninth.
— Washington completed a three-game sweep at St. Louis as Clint Robinson, Danny Espinosa and Chris Heisey homered in the Nationals' 6-1 trouncing of the Cardinals. Max Scherzer was terrific over seven scoreless innings, allowing just four hits while fanning nine.
— The New York Mets' eight-game winning streak is over after Madison Bumgarner fanned seven over six shutout innings to lead San Francisco to a 6-1 victory at Citi Field. Hunter Pence smacked a two-run homer and had three RBIs, while Buster Posey added a solo shot.
— Chris Carter slammed a two-run homer while Milwaukee scored seven times in the third inning of a 14-5 laugher against Miami. Carter was 3-for-3 with three RBIs and three runs scored to help the Brewers win for only the second time in nine games.
— Colorado doubled up Arizona 6-3 as Nolan Arenado clubbed a two-run homer and drove in three runs. Gerardo Parra also went deep to back a shaky Chad Bettis, who was reached for nine hits but just three runs in six innings.
— Philadelphia completed its second straight three-game sweep as Vince Velazquez struck out six while holding Cleveland to two hits in six scoreless innings of the Phillies' 2-1 triumph over the Indians. The Phils got their runs in the second inning on an RBI single by Freddy Galvis and Danny Salazar's balk.
— Chris Sale is the majors' first six-game winner of the season after yielding nine baserunners but just one run over 5 1/3 innings of the Chicago White Sox's 7-1 rout of Baltimore. Brett Lawrie snapped a scoreless tie with a solo shot in the fourth, one inning before Jerry Sands' two-run single capped the White Sox's five-run rally.
— Detroit won its fifth in a row and completed a three-game sweep of Minnesota as Nick Castellanos launched a game-tying, three-run homer and collected four ribbies in the Tigers' 6-5 win over the Twins. Jarrod Saltalamacchia broke a 5-5 tie with an RBI double in the eighth to send the Tigers to their sixth victory in seven games since a 1-6 skid.
— The Yankees absorbed their fifth consecutive loss by blowing a 6-4 lead in an 8-7 setback against Boston. Christian Vasquez snapped a 6-6 tie with a two-run homer in the seventh, two innings after Travis Shaw knotted the score with a two-run blast.
— Kansas City stopped its five-game losing streak as Eric Hosmer hit a solo homer and the Royals' bullpen tossed four shutout innings in a 4-1 victory at Seattle. Winning pitcher Ian Kennedy struck out six and held the Mariners to a run and four hits in five innings.
— Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki homered and Marcus Stroman gave up just a run and three hits in eight innings of Toronto's 5-1 victory at Tampa Bay. The Blue Jays and Rays were tied 1-1 in the ninth until Edwin Encarnacion hit an RBI grounder and Tulowitzki followed with a three-run blast.
— Houston made the most of two hits as Jose Altuve led off the game with a homer for the fourth time this season to help the Astros nip Oakland 2-1 and avoid a three-game sweep. Doug Fister gave up one run over 6 2/3 innings to end his three-game losing streak.
Crashes galore as Keselowski wins at Talladega
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Brad Keselowski took the checkered flag in the crash-marred, Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway. Chris Buescher's car flipped three times in an early crash, and Matt Kenseth was turned upside down in the closing laps.
Only 21 of the 40 cars finished on the lead lap, and 12 cars were ruled out of the race.
Kyle Busch finished second, followed by Austin Dillon, Jamie McMurray and pole-sitter Chase Elliott. Busch is within nine points of Kevin Harvick in the points race.
Rosberg wins again
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Nico Rosberg has stretched his season-opening winning streak to four races on the Formula One circuit. Rosberg finished first in the Russian Grand Prix at Socchi, his seventh win in a row dating to last season.
Mercedes teammate and reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton was second, with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen third.
Bad weather continues
AVONDALE, La. (AP) — Tournament officials have trimmed the PGA's Zurich Classic to 54 holes following another day of wet weather.
Jhonattan Vegas birdied two of five holes he was able to play on Sunday to pull into a tie for the lead with Brian Stuard at 13 under. Both players will resume Monday on the sixth hole.
Bobby Wyatt was third at minus-12 following an eagle and four birdies on the front nine in his third round. Jamie Lovemark was fourth at 11 under with 13 holes left.
South Koreans dominate the leaderboard
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Jenny Shin earned her first LPGA victory by shooting a final round 4-under-67 to capture the Texas Shootout. She finished the tournament at 14-under, two in front of fellow South Korean's Amy Yang and Mi Jung Hur as well as American Gerina Piller.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NOTRE DAME-BEACHEM
Beachem staying in school
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Forward V.J. Beachem has withdrawn his name from the NBA draft and will return to Notre Dame for his senior season.
The 6-foot-8, 200-pound forward finished third on the team in scoring, averaging 12.0 points and 3.9 rebounds as the Irish finished 24-12.