AP Sports Wrap for Saturday, April 30
AN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs were going to be tough to beat on Saturday as long as Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge were both scoring at more than a point-a-minute pace.
Leonard and Aldridge accounted for 63 points while totaling 51 minutes as the Spurs ripped Oklahoma City 124-92 in Game 1 of the NBA's Western Conference semifinals. The two were 28 of 36 from the field to help San Antonio shoot 61 percent for the game. Aldridge scored a game-high 38 points on 18 of 23 from the floor, while Leonard added 25 points. Aldridge was the only Spur to play at least 27 minutes.
Danny Green led the Spurs' long-range attack by hitting 5 of 6 from beyond the arc and scoring 18 points.
Meanwhile, Thunder snipers Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined to shoot under 33 percent. Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH'-kah) had a team-high 19 points for the Thunder, who stay in San Antonio for Game 2 on Monday.
Penguins, Lightning square series
UNDATED (AP) — The Penguins have grabbed home-ice advantage from the Capitals by splitting the first two games of the Stanley Cup second-round series in Washington.
Former Capital Eric Fehr (fehr) scored the game-winner with 4:28 remaining as the Pens beat the Caps 2-1. Fehr redirected an Evgeni Malkin shot past the glove side of Braden Holtby, who was otherwise spectacular.
Carl Hagelin (HAG'-lihn) snapped a scoreless tie 7:08 into the second period, and it remained 1-0 until Marc Johansson scored a power-play goal 4:08 into the third.
Matt Murray stopped 22 shots and was superb after the Capitals lifted Holtby for an extra attacker.
Holtby had 33 saves for the Capitals, who resume the series Monday in Pittsburgh.
Meanwhile, Tyler Johnson and the Tampa Bay Lightning have tied their second-round series at a game apiece by avenging Wednesday's loss to the New York Islanders.
Johnson scored twice and had an assist as the Lightning downed the Isles 4-1. He scored 6:03 into the game and iced the victory with an empty-netter. Jonathan Drouin (DROO'-ehn) notched the eventual game-winner midway through the first period before setting up Victor Hedman's second-period goal.
Ben Bishop needed to make just three of his 19 saves in the third period, one game after he was pulled from the net with the Lightning trailing 4-1.
Nikolai Kulemin (KOO'-leh-mihn) had the lone goal for the Islanders, who host Game 3 on Tuesday.
Leafs win lottery
UNDATED (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs have won the NHL draft lottery, leaving them with the first overall pick for the first time since 1985.
The outcome gives the Leafs the best chance to come away with Auston Matthews, a U.S.-born forward who is projected to be the top player in the draft. Toronto had a league-high 20 percent chance of winning the lottery after finishing with the NHL's worst record.
Winnipeg will choose second, followed by Columbus, Edmonton and Vancouver.
The NHL draft is slated for June 24 and 25 in Buffalo.
Nats whip Cards
UNDATED (AP) — The Washington Nationals appear to be back on the right path since absorbing a three-game sweep by Philadelphia earlier this week.
The Nationals beat St. Louis for the second straight day as Jayson Werth launched a three-run homer while Washington was scoring four times in the first inning of a 6-1 win over the Cardinals. Werth finished with four RBIs and Daniel Murphy added a pair of RBI singles to help the Nats stay atop the National League East.
Washington is 16-7 after clinching their first series win at St. Louis since 2007.
Joe Ross improved to 3-0 by holding the Redbirds to a run and six hits in six innings.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— The New York Mets earned their eighth consecutive win as Michael Conforto hit a two-run double and a solo homer in a 6-5 triumph over the Giants. Wilmer Flores also homered and Neil Walker added two RBIs to back Jacob deGrom, who gave up three unearned runs and just two hits in six innings.
— Pittsburgh made it six straight wins as Sean Rodriguez belted a two-run blast and John Jaso (JAY'-soh) added a solo shot in a 5-1 win over Cincinnati. Winning hurler Francisco Liriano held the Reds to a run and five hits over 6 2/3 innings.
— Philadelphia has a five-game winning streak after Freddy Galvis (GAL'-vees) hit a two-run homer and a tiebreaking, RBI single in the Phillies' 4-3 victory against Cleveland. Jason Kipnis had two RBIs for the Indians but ended the game by stranding the potential go-ahead run at second.
— Homers by Derek Dietrich, Giancarlo Stanton, Adeiny Hechevarria (ah-DAY'-nee eh-cheh-vah-REE'-uh) and Marcell Ozuna (oh-ZOO'-nuh) powered Miami past Milwaukee 7-5. Wei-Yin Chen got the win after allowing three runs and four hits in 6 2/3 innings.
— Trevor Story had three RBIs, including a tiebreaking, two-run triple in the ninth inning as Colorado knocked off Arizona 5-2. Chris Rusin settled for a no-decision after tossing one-hit ball over five scoreless innings.
— Colin Rea worked six innings and Melvin Upton Jr. lined a tiebreaking, two-run double the fifth inning of San Diego's 5-2 win over the Dodgers at Los Angeles. Rea gave up four hits, including Chase Utley's two-run homer.
— Jose Abreu (ah-BRAY'-oo) hit a tiebreaking, RBI single in the ninth inning to cap a see-saw finish in the Chicago White Sox's 8-7 triumph at Baltimore. Todd Frazier's two-run homer put the White Sox ahead 7-5 in the eighth, but the Orioles tied it when Chris Davis laced a two-run double in the bottom half before Chicago ended a two-game skid.
— Mitch Moreland belted a three-run homer while Texas scored six times in the third inning of a 7-2 win over the Angels. Derek Holland scattered four hits in six shutout innings to move to 3-1.
— Seattle dealt Kansas City its fifth consecutive loss as Wade Miley tossed a five-hitter in the Mariners' 6-0 shutout of the Royals. Seth Smith crushed a solo homer and Kyle Seager added a three-run blast while the M's scored four times in the first off Yordano Ventura.
— Jordan Zimmermann is 5-0 with a 0.55 ERA after allowing just a run and six hits in seven innings of Detroit's 4-1 victory against Minnesota. Justin Upton smacked a three-run homer in the first inning to put the Tigers ahead to stay in their fifth victory in six games.
— Boston hammered the New York Yankees 8-0 as Mookie Betts collected three RBIs and David Ortiz blasted a solo homer. Rick Porcello is 5-0 after holding the Yanks to five hits in seven innings.
— Jesse Hahn was sharp in Oakland's 2-0 shutout of Houston, giving up three hits in six innings before the Athletics' bullpen completed a four-hitter. Billy Burns supplied the scoring with a two-run single in the bottom of the second.
— Tampa Bay beat Toronto 4-3 on Curt Casali's walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth. Logan Forsythe had two RBIs for the Rays, including a game-tying, solo homer in the seventh.
— The Cubs and Atlanta Braves were rained out in Chicago. No makeup date was immediately announced.
Elliott wins the Talladega pole
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Chase Elliott has captured his second career Sprint Cup pole by winning qualifying for Sunday's race at Talladega Superspeedway.
Elliott turned a lap at 192.661 mph to finish ahead of Austin Dillon. Elliott's father, Bill, won the pole at Talladega 30 years ago.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth will make up the second row, just ahead of Jimmie Johnson and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
More bad weather for the men
AVONDALE, La. (AP) — The third round of the PGA's Zurich Classic was suspended by inclement weather. The leader after two rounds was Brian Stuard at 12-under with Jamie Lovemark and Jhonattan Vegas one shot off the lead.
World No. 1 Jason Day is five shots back of Stuard.
Piller remains on top
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Gerina Piller owns a two-stroke lead in the LPGA's Texas Shootout as she tries to earn her first victory in 124 career starts.
The 31-year-old Piller shot a bogey-free 4-under 67 to reach 14-under 199 at Las Colinas Country Club.
Amy Yang and Mi Jung Hur are tied for second at 12 under.
CHICAGO (AP) — The NFL draft came to a close on Saturday as teams tried to fill holes or add depth.
The Oakland Raiders traded up to select Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook in the fourth round. The 6-foot-4 Cook set school records with 9,194 yards passing and 71 touchdown passes for the Spartans.
One of the top defensive players available on Saturday was Baylor lineman Andrew Billings, who was chosen by Cincinnati.
And Southern Miss defensive back Kalan Reed has earned the moniker of "Mr. Irrelevant" after being taken by Tennessee with the 253rd and final pick.
NFL GMs now draw their attention to a host of free agent players who weren't picked in the draft.