April 24, 2011 in Sports

In brief: Roy’s bank shot caps Trail Blazers’ rally past Dallas

 
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Portland’s Brandon Roy shoots the go-ahead basket as Dallas’ Shawn Marion defends with 39.2 seconds left in Game 4.
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NBA: Brandon Roy’s go-ahead bank shot with 39.2 seconds left capped Portland’s 23-point second-half comeback and the Blazers beat the visiting Dallas Mavericks 84-82 on Saturday night, evening the first-round playoff series at two games apiece.

Roy, who has struggled to find his place on the team since undergoing arthroscopic surgery on both knees in January, had 18 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter alone.

Trailing 67-44 in the third quarter, the Blazers closed the gap to 77-70 after Roy’s step-back jumper.

Jason Terry answered with a 3-pointer, but Roy drove down the lane and finished to narrow it to 80-74 with 2:32 to go. LaMarcus Aldridge added a turnaround jumper.

Roy traded baskets with Shawn Marion before making a 3-pointer and a free throw with 1:06 left to tie it at 82.

Dirk Nowitzki had 20 points to lead the Mavericks.

Pacers win first playoff game since ’06: Danny Granger scored 24 points and the Indiana Pacers avoided elimination by holding off a furious rally to beat the Bulls 89-84 in Indianapolis for their first playoff win since 2006.

Indiana never trailed and finally broke through after losing the first three games by a combined 15 points.

Bulls guard Derrick Rose, who averaged 32.7 points in the first three games, finished with 15 points and 10 assists. He sprained his left ankle late in the first quarter and scored eight points on 3-for-16 shooting the rest of the way.

Grizzlies take 2-1 lead on Spurs: Zach Randolph scored 25 points, including a rare 3-pointer with 41.9 seconds left, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the San Antonio Spurs 91-88 for the franchise’s first playoff victory on its home court.

Memphis is trying to become just the fourth team to knock off the top-seeded team.

Manu Ginobili led the Spurs with 23 points.

Thunder up 3-0 on Nuggets: Serge Ibaka tied his career high with 22 points and sparked the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 97-94 win over the host Denver Nuggets that gave them a 3-0 lead in their best-of-7 playoff series. Kevin Durant scored 26 and Russell Westbrook added 23 for the Thunder.

Caps win Game 5, eliminate Rangers

NHL: Mike Green, Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin scored, and the Washington Capitals advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs with a 3-1 win over the visiting New York Rangers in Game 5.

The top-seeded Capitals won the series 4-1, the first time they have finished off a team in fewer than seven games since 1998. Washington blew a 3-1 series edge against Montreal in a 1 vs. 8 matchup last year.

Bruins outlast Habs, take 3-2 lead: Nathan Horton scored at 9:03 of the second overtime to give the Boston Bruins a 2-1 win and a 3-2 lead over the visiting Montreal Canadiens in their first-round playoff series. It was the first win by a home team in the series, and the Bruins’ third straight victory.

Lightning keep series with Penguins alive: Steven Stamkos scored the first two playoff goals of his NHL career and the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning emphatically avoided elimination with a convincing 8-2 victory over Pittsburgh, cutting the Penguins’ series lead to 3-2.

Kings cut Sharks’ series lead: Jonathan Quick made 51 saves to help Los Angeles hold on to a big lead that Kyle Clifford and Wayne Simmonds helped provide and the Kings beat the San Jose Sharks 3-1 at San Jose, Calif., to remain alive in their first-round series. The Sharks lead the series 3-2.

Donald closes in on world No. 1 ranking

Golf: Luke Donald is a round away from owning golf’s No. 1 ranking after a 1-under-par 70 left him one stroke in front of defending champion Jim Furyk through three rounds of The Heritage in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Donald is third in the world behind top-rated Martin Kaymer and No. 2 Lee Westwood. But Donald would claim the top spot with a victory at Harbour Town, no matter how countryman Westwood fares at the Indonesian Masters where he holds a five-stroke lead.

Two teams tied for Legends of Golf lead: Warm, dry weather made for prime scoring conditions at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf in Savannah, Ga., and teams did their best to take advantage in the better-ball event.

Wayne Levy and Keith Fergus shot 12-under 60 at The Club at Savannah Harbor. They shared the lead at 20-under 124 with Peter Senior and Sandy Lyle, who combined for a 61 heading into today’s final round on the island course in the Savannah River.

Nadal, Ferrer set for Barcelona final

Miscellany: Rafael Nadal and fellow Spaniard David Ferrer will meet in their second final in two weeks at the Barcelona (Spain) Open.

Both cruised through their semifinals, Nadal beating the only non-Spaniard in the last four, Ivan Dodig of Croatia 6-3, 6-2, and Ferrer topping Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 6-4.

A Spaniard will feature in the Barcelona final for the 15th straight year, and win it for an eighth year in a row.

Derby Kitten takes Lexington Stakes: Derby Kitten roared to victory in the $200,000 Lexington (Ky.) Stakes, surging past the leaders deep in the stretch to romp in the rain at Keeneland.

The 3-year-old colt, owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey and trained by Mike Maker, beat Prime Cut by 11/2 lengths. Casper’s Touch finished third.


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