May 2, 2011 in Sports

Heat topple Celtics behind the Wade show

 
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Miami’s Dwyane Wade (3) drives past Boston’s Kevin Garnett (5).
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NBA: Dwyane Wade scored 38 points, James Jones set a Miami postseason record with 25 points off the bench, and the Heat beat the visiting Boston Celtics 99-90 on Sunday to open their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

LeBron James finished with 22 points, six rebounds and five assists for Miami, which led by as many as 19 before a fiery finish that saw plenty of players jawing at each other – more than that in some cases. Paul Pierce was ejected with 7 minutes left, after picking up two technicals in skirmishes with Wade and Jones within a span of 59 seconds.

Ray Allen scored 25 points for Boston, which lost for the first time in five games this postseason. Pierce scored 19 and Delonte West finished with 10 for the Celtics, while Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett were held to a combined 14 points on 6-for-19 shooting.

• Randolph, Gasol power Grizzlies past Thunder: Zach Randolph had 34 points and 10 rebounds, Marc Gasol added 20 points and 13 boards, and the visiting Memphis Grizzlies overpowered the Oklahoma City Thunder inside for a 114-101 victory in the opening game of the Western Conference semifinals.

Randolph and Gasol each scored 20 points in the same regular-season game only once this season, but did it in Game 1 against the San Antonio Spurs and again to negate the Thunder’s home-court advantage right from the start.

Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 33 points and 11 rebounds. Russell Westbrook scored 29.

Sharks take 2-0 lead over Red Wings

NHL: In San Jose, Calif., defensemen Ian White and Niclas Wallin scored their first goals of the postseason and Antti Niemi made 33 saves to help the San Jose Sharks take a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference semifinal series over the Detroit Red Wings with a 2-1 victory.

White scored on a power play in the first period and Wallin extended the lead early in the third period as the Sharks put together two of their best back-to-back games to jump on top of the Red Wings for the second straight year.

Jimmy Howard was again strong in goal for the Red Wings, making 35 saves, but he got little help from his teammates.

• Lecavalier leads Lightning past Caps in overtime: Vincent Lecavalier scored his second goal of the game 6:19 into overtime, and the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning beat the top-seeded Washington Capitals 3-2 for a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Fifth-seeded Tampa Bay appeared headed for a much simpler victory, leading 2-1 in the third period, but two-time NHL MVP Alex Ovechkin forced the extra period by scoring with 67 seconds left in regulation.

Dwayne Roloson made 35 saves as the Lightning won their fifth consecutive game. Martin St. Louis scored Tampa Bay’s other goal. Brooks Laich scored for Washington in the second period.

Washington’s power play is 0 for 11 in the series.

Djokovic remains undefeated in 2011

Tennis: In Belgrade, Serbia, Novak Djokovic defeated Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (4), 6-2 to win the Serbia Open for his fifth title and 27th straight victory this season.

Lopez had two break points early in the first set at 2-2 – and then again at 4-4 – before Djokovic comfortably won the tiebreaker.

• Davydenko wins BMW: Nikolay Davydenko won his second BMW Open title by beating Florian Mayer of Germany 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 at Munich.

The seventh-seeded Russian also won the Munich tournament in 2004.

Davydenko broke serve for a decisive 2-0 lead in the final set and cruised to his 21st title.

The fifth-seeded Mayer was looking for his first title.

• Del Potro tops Verdasco for Estoril title: In Oeiras, Portugal, Juan Martin del Potro beat Fernando Verdasco 6-2, 6-2 in the final of the Estoril Open, winning his first clay-court event of the year.

Worsham races to third Top Fuel win

Auto Racing: Del Worsham raced to his second straight Top Fuel victory and third in five events this season, beating teammate Larry Dixon in the NHRA Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway at Baytown, Texas.

Worsham had a 3.880-second run at 318.99 mph, while defending series champion Dixon finished in 3.900 at 316.82.

• IndyCar’s Sao Paulo 300 postponed: IndyCar’s Sao Paulo 300 has been postponed until today because of heavy rain.

IndyCar officials made the call after Sunday’s race was stopped for more than two hours and track conditions failed to improve on the streets of South America’s biggest city.

Only 14 laps were completed, 11 of those under the yellow flag.

Uncle Mo is a go for Kentucky Derby

Miscellany: Uncle Mo looks ready for the Kentucky Derby.

The 3-year-old colt worked five furlongs at muddy Churchill Downs, and owner Mike Repole says his star should be the favorite in Saturday’s Run for the Roses.

• Canada demolishes France at ice hockey worlds: NHL rookie of the year finalist Jeff Skinner scored twice for Canada and the Olympic champions routed France 9-1 to advance to the second round of the ice hockey world championship at Kosice, Slovakia.

Canada beat Belarus 4-1 Friday and is 2-0 going into its last Group B game, against Switzerland on Tuesday.

• Evans wins Tour de Romandie: In Geneva, Cadel Evans of Australia won his second Tour de Romandie title, finishing safely in the pack during a final stage won by Britain’s Ben Swift.

Evans retained his 18-second lead in the overall standings on runner-up Tony Martin of Germany after the 102.3-mile ride from Champagne to Geneva. The 34-year-old Aussie also won the six-day race in 2006.

• Motocross rider Kargola dies in Baja: Motocross rider Jeff Kargola has died after crashing while competing in the Rip to the Tip event that takes riders the length of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula.

Kargola’s team, Metal Mulisha, said he died Friday in San Felipe, Mexico, while riding with his family and friends. Details on the accident weren’t available.

• Former heavyweight contender Cooper dies: Former heavyweight boxer Henry Cooper, one of Britain’s most popular sportsmen who was best known for knocking down Muhammad Ali while he was still known as Cassius Clay, died Sunday. He was 76.

Cooper died just two days before his 77th birthday, the British Boxing Board of Control said. He died at his son’s house in Oxted, Surrey, in England, after an extended illness.


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