NBA: The Atlanta Hawks weren’t going to let another game slip away on their home court.
After keeping their season alive with a gutty Game 6 win in Milwaukee, the Hawks made sure the Bucks were in no position to duplicate their improbable Game 5 upset. Jamal Crawford scored 22 points, Al Horford put up a double-double and Atlanta pulled away for a 95-74 win Sunday that gave the Hawks a 4-3 triumph in the tougher-than-expected series. It was the only series to go the distance in the opening round.
The third-seeded Hawks advanced to face No. 2 Orlando in the Eastern Conference semifinals starting Tuesday night. The Magic, who have been resting since wrapping up a sweep of Charlotte last Monday, will host the first two games of the series beginning Tuesday night.
•Kobe rallies Lakers past Jazz: Kobe Bryant scored 11 of his 31 points in the final four minutes, and the Los Angeles Lakers blew a fourth-quarter lead before rallying for a 104-99 victory over the Utah Jazz in their second-round playoff series opener at Los Angeles.
Pau Gasol had 25 points and 12 rebounds for the top-seeded Lakers, who played a dismal final period before Bryant seized control. Last season’s NBA finals MVP coolly scored seven consecutive points, followed by a slice through the lane for a layup with 22.6 seconds left.
Deron Williams scored 24 points for fifth-seeded Utah, which managed just one more field goal after taking a 93-89 lead with 4:10 to play.
Game 2 in the best-of-seven series is Tuesday night at the Staples Center.
Cammallier, Halak even series at 1
NHL: Mike Cammalleri scored two goals, Jaroslav Halak made 38 saves in a performance much like that during Montreal’s first-round upset of Washington and the Canadiens surprised the Pittsburgh Penguins by winning 3-1 on the road.
Brian Gionta also scored as Montreal, playing without injured defenseman Andrei Markov, bounced back from a 6-3 loss in Game 1 and an early 1-0 Pittsburgh lead to even the Eastern Conference semifinal series at one game each.
Game 3 is Tuesday night in Montreal.
•Thornton’s first goal leads Sharks past Wings: Joe Thornton scored his first goal of the playoffs with 7:23 left and the San Jose Sharks beat the visiting Detroit Red Wings 4-3 to take a 2-0 lead in the second-round series.
Joe Pavelski kept up his sizzling postseason for San Jose, scoring twice and setting up Ryane Clowe’s between-the-legs score. Thornton then won it by ending his playoff drought.
Dany Heatley skated up ice on a 3-on-2 break and fired a slap shot at Jimmy Howard. Thornton beat Brian Rafalski to the rebound in the crease and poked in the winner. The series now shifts to Detroit for Games 3 and 4, starting Tuesday night.
Pavel Datsyuk, Tomas Holmstrom and 40-year-old captain Nicklas Lidstrom scored for the Red Wings, who were unable to hold onto a 3-2 lead heading into the third in part because they committed too many penalties.
•Sturm out for season with knee injury: Marco Sturm will miss the rest of the Boston Bruins’ season with a right knee injury that likely will sideline him at the start of next season.
Sturm tore the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his right knee in Saturday’s opener of the Eastern Conference semifinals and will have surgery within four to six weeks. Recovery is estimated to take six months after the operation, the club said.
Bryan brothers close on Woodies’ record
Tennis: The Bryan brothers have moved within one victory of matching the record for the most doubles titles in the Open Era.
The twins – Bob and Mike – beat fellow Americans John Isner and Sam Querrey 6-2, 6-3 in the final at the Rome Masters for their fourth title of the year and 60th in their careers.
The retired Australian pair of Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde – known as the Woodies – hold the tour record with 61 career titles.
•Henin wins first title in return: Justine Henin won her first title since coming out of retirement, defeating Samantha Stosur 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 in the final of the Porsche Grand Prix at Stuttgart, Germany.
Henin reached her third final since resuming her career in January. The Belgian player was runner-up in Brisbane and at the Australian Open.
Sauter steers out of trouble for win
Auto Racing: Johnny Sauter made a miraculous save after a late-race bump and held off hard-charging Ron Hornaday Jr. to win a wild, rain-delayed NASCAR Trucks race at Kansas Speedway at Kansas City, Kan.
Hornaday, the pole sitter, overcame a troublesome fender rubbing his left rear tire to charge up next to Sauter with 13 laps left. As they tried to pass two lapped cars, Hornaday climbed the track and clipped Sauter, sending the cars into almost 45-degree slides at over 150 mph.
•Schumacher wins NHRA Midwest Nationals: Tony Schumacher raced to his second Top Fuel victory of the season, beating Doug Kalitta in the NHRA Midwest Nationals final with a 3.849-second-run at 317.97 mph at Madison, Ill.
Robert Hight (Funny Car), Warren Johnson (Pro Stock) and Michael Phillips (Pro Stock Motorcycles) also won their divisions.
Steelers’ Sweed suffers ankle injury
Miscellany: Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Limas Sweed injured his left Achilles tendon during the final day of a three-day minicamp.
Sweed was hurt during a routine passing drill and was taken off the Steelers’ indoor practice field on a cart.
If the Achilles is ruptured, Sweed likely would miss the season.
•Bolt wins 200: Usain Bolt won the 200 meters in the Jamaica International Invitational at Kingston, Jamaica, in 19.56 seconds, the fourth-fastest time ever.
Veronica Campbell-Brown won the women’s event in 22.60.
•Leipheimer wins Tour of Gila: Levi Leipheimer won his second straight Tour of the Gila, holding off Tom Danielson by 59 seconds while teammate Lance Armstrong finished in 17th place at Pinos Altos, N.M.
Mara Abbott won the women’s overall race by finishing second in the stage.