April 17, 2011 in Sports

In brief: Rose, Bulls rally past Pacers in series opener

 
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Chicago’s Derrick Rose drives to the basket against the Indiana Pacers during the first quarter of the Bulls’ 104-99 Game 1 victory.
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NBA: Derrick Rose scored 39 points, Kyle Korver nailed the go-ahead 3-pointer and the top-seeded Chicago Bulls rallied from a late 10-point deficit to beat the visiting Indiana Pacers 104-99 in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal opener on Saturday.

Trailing 98-88 late in the game, the Bulls showed the resolve that carried them to a league-best 62-20 record, outscoring Indiana 16-1 over the final 3:38.

Rose scored seven during that run, including a three-point play and a floater that tied it at 99 with 1:27 left. He then hit Korver with a crosscourt pass for a 3 that gave the Bulls their first lead at 102-99 with 48 seconds remaining.

Danny Granger missed a tying 3. Joakim Noah got the rebound, and Rose eventually hit two free throws with 14.8 seconds remaining. Rose finished 19 of 21 from the line.

Heat get a late scare, top 76ers: Chris Bosh scored 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, LeBron James finished with 21 points and 14 rebounds, and the host Miami Heat held off a huge Philadelphia rally to beat the 76ers 97-89 in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

Philadelphia held the Heat scoreless for 4:37 of the fourth quarter and scored 12 straight points to close to 88-87, but never got the lead in the final minutes. Thaddeus Young had 20 points and 11 rebounds for the 76ers.

• Nowitzki leads Mavs over Blazers: Dirk Nowitzki scored 18 of his game-high 28 points in the fourth quarter and the Dallas Mavericks defeated visiting Portland 89-81 in Game 1 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series.

Jason Kidd added 24 points, including a playoff career-best six 3-pointers. LaMarcus Aldridge had 27 points for Portland.

Hawks stun Magic in opener: Joe Johnson scored 25 points, Jamal Crawford finished with 23 and the Atlanta Hawks beat Orlando 103-93 in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference playoff series, overcoming a monster night by Magic star Dwight Howard in Orlando, Fla.

The Hawks led by as many as 18 points while running multiple bodies at Howard all night. Howard tied a career high with 46 points, to go along with 19 rebounds.

Doughty leads Kings over Sharks in Game 2

NHL: Drew Doughty had two goals and two assists, Jonathan Quick made 34 saves and the Los Angeles Kings beat the San Jose Sharks 4-0 in Game 2 in San Jose, Calif., to even their first-round Western Conference series at one game apiece.

Jack Johnson and Kyle Clifford also scored for the Kings, who bounced back from an overtime loss in Game 1 to seize home-ice advantage heading back to Los Angeles for Game 3 on Tuesday night.

The Sharks took too many undisciplined penalties and were unable to generate many good offensive chances against Quick, drawing the ire of usually supportive fans who booed the home team sporadically throughout the game.

Antti Niemi allowed the four goals on 23 shots to lose for the first time in four postseason starts at the Shark Tank.

Flyers even series with win over Sabres: Ville Leino and Danny Briere scored clutch goals, goaltender Brian Boucher delivered again in the postseason and the host Philadelphia Flyers outlasted the Buffalo Sabres 5-4 in Game 2 of their first-round Eastern Conference series.

Boucher relieved Sergei Bobrovsky after the rookie allowed three goals on seven shots.

Red Wings top Coyotes for 2-0 series lead: Pavel Datsyuk scored and added two assists in the first period and the Detroit Red Wings held on for a 4-3 win over the visiting Phoenix Coyotes to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round Western Conference playoff series.

Shane Doan scored twice for Phoenix, which nearly rallied from a four-goal deficit.

Canadiens strike early, up 2-0 in series: Michael Cammalleri and Mathieu Darche scored in the first 2:20 of the game, and Carey Price stopped 34 shots to lead Montreal to a 3-1 victory over the host Boston Bruins and give the Canadiens a 2-0 lead in the first-round Eastern Conference playoff series.

• Ducks’ Ryan suspended two games: Anaheim forward Bobby Ryan was suspended for two games for stomping on the foot of defenseman Jonathon Blum in Game 2 of the Ducks’ first-round playoff series against Nashville.

The incident occurred in the third period Friday night. No penalty was assessed on the play.

Steele takes one-shot lead at Texas Open

Golf: PGA Tour rookie Brendan Steele birdied Nos. 17 and 18 for a 4-under-par 68, grabbing sole possession of the Texas Open lead after beginning the day in a seven-way tie for the top spot in San Antonio.

Steele finished the day at 7 under for the tournament. A stroke behind was second-year tour pro Cameron Tringale, who also had a 68. Kevin Chappell (70) and Brandt Snedeker (70) were tied for third at 5 under.

Cook shoots 6-under to take one stroke lead: John Cook shot a 6-under 65 take a one-stroke lead at the Champions Tour Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am in Lutz, Fla.

Cook sits at 11 under, one ahead of Russ Cochran. The first-day leader shot a 3-under 68. Jay Don Blake is third, three strokes back.

Nadal again reaches final in Monte Carlo

Tennis: Six-time defending champion Rafael Nadal reached the Monte Carlo Masters final with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 victory over Andy Murray in Monaco.

Nadal will play fourth-seeded David Ferrer in today’s all-Spanish final. Ferrer defeated seventh-seeded Jurgen Melzer of Austria 6-3, 6-2 to advance to his second Masters title match. He lost his first in Rome to Nadal last year.

U.S. trails Germany 2-0 in Fed Cup playoff: The United States is on the verge of being knocked out of the World Group for the first time after losing both singles matches to Germany in a Fed Cup playoff in Stuttgart, Germany.

Andrea Petkovic defeated 18-year-old Christina McHale 6-3, 6-4 in the opening singles, and Julia Goerges beat 19-year-old Melanie Oudin 6-2, 7-6 (5). Germany is within a point of capturing the best-of-5 series on indoor clay.

Man City beats United to reach FA Cup final

Miscellany: Manchester City ended Manchester United’s chances of winning three trophies in the same season, beating its local rival 1-0 at Wembley in London to reach its first FA Cup final in 30 years.

Yaya Toure scored in the 52nd minute for City, leaving United in contention for only the domestic championship and Champions League.

Toure scored after intercepting a poor clearance by Michael Carrick. United ended with 10 men after Paul Scholes’ 72nd-minute red card for a dangerous lunge on Pablo Zabaleta.

Ortiz upsets Berto for title in unanimous decision: Victor Ortiz rode three knockdowns to an upset victory over previously unbeaten Andre Berto in a World Boxing Council welterweight title fight in the MGM Grand at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, Conn.

Ortiz (29-2-2) won a unanimous decision despite having a point taken away for hitting behind the head. Berto had made five successful title defenses since he took the WBC welterweight crown in June 2008.

Khan keeps WBA light welterweight title on points: At Manchester, England, Amir Khan retained his WBA light welterweight title on points after Paul McCloskey was stopped by the referee in the sixth round because of a nasty cut over his left eye.

All three judges had Khan leading 60-54 halfway through the scheduled 12-round bout, and the Englishman improved to 25-1 with 17 knockouts.


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