Pacers hold off Heat as James, Wade misfire
NBA: No Big Three meant one big problem for Miami, and one big win for Indiana.
David West scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, George Hill added 15 and the visiting Indiana Pacers took home-court advantage away from Miami by beating the Heat 78-75 in Game 2 of the teams’ Eastern Conference semifinal series Tuesday night.
LeBron James scored 28 points for Miami and Dwyane Wade finished with 24, but both missed big chances for the Heat late. James missed two free throws with 54.3 seconds left and Miami down one, and Wade was short on a layup that would have tied the game with 16 seconds remaining.
Mario Chalmers’ 3-pointer to tie bounced away on the final play, and the series was tied 1-1.
Danny Granger scored 11 points and Paul George added 10 for Indiana, which took advantage of Heat forward Chris Bosh’s absence and outrebounded Miami 50-40.
• Rested Spurs roll: Tim Duncan had 26 points and 10 rebounds and the host San Antonio Spurs, recharged after a weeklong layoff, wore down the busy Los Angeles Clippers to win Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinals series, 108-92.
Playing for the sixth time in 11 days, the Clippers gave San Antonio its toughest first half of the playoffs before fading fast. Manu Ginobili added 22 points for the Spurs, who’ve won 15 in a row.
• Irving wins rookie award: Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving is the NBA’s Rookie of the Year, winning the award with the same ease as he dribbled past defenders this season.
Irving received 117 of 120 possible first-place votes from a nationwide media panel of 120 writers and broadcasters. Irving finished way ahead of Minnesota’s Ricky Rubio.
Clemens’ trainer saved steroids
Baseball: Brian McNamee testified he saved medical waste after injecting Roger Clemens with steroids because his wife complained that McNamee was going to be the fall guy.
McNamee said his wife, Eileen, told him, “You’re going to go down! You’re going to go down! You’re going to go down!”
McNamee, Clemens’ former strength coach, has said he injected the seven-time Cy Young Award winner multiple times with steroids and human growth hormone. He said he had told his wife about the injections.
He said he wanted to do something that would make his wife stop giving him a “hard time every single day,” so he took a swab and cotton ball from a Clemens steroid injection in 2001, put it in a beer can, and brought it home.
The waste collected by McNamee is the physical evidence prosecutors are using against Clemens in his perjury trial. Clemens is accused of lying to Congress in 2008 when he denied using steroids.
Carter’s hat trick gives Kings road win
NHL: Jeff Carter scored three goals, Jonathan Quick stopped 24 shots and the Los Angeles Kings matched an NHL record with their seventh straight road playoff victory, beating the Phoenix Coyotes 4-0 to take control of Western Conference finals.
Los Angeles dominated the opener and was even better in Game 2, withstanding Phoenix’s initial push and string of penalties for a 2-0 series lead.
U.S. drivers fast at Indy 500 practices
AUTO RACING: Nine American drivers were on the track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway practicing, with several posting top times in preparation for the Indianapolis 500 on May 27.
One hopes to become the first U.S. driver to win since Sam Hornish Jr., in 2006.
Marco Andretti had the fastest lap, Graham Rahal was fourth, Ryan Hunter-Reay was fifth and Charlie Kimball sixth as Americans took four of the top six spots Tuesday.
U.S. hockey team advances to quarters
MISCELLANY: The Anaheim Ducks’ Bobby Ryan scored the first goal for the United States in the second period, helping it to a 5-2 victory over Switzerland at the ice hockey world championships in Helsinki.
On Thursday, the USA plays Finland and Canada faces Slovakia in Group A quarterfinals. In Group B in Stockholm, Russia meets Norway and Sweden plays the Czech Republic
• Rodriguez sprints to lead: Spain’s Joaquin Rodriguez took the overall lead in the Giro d’Italia from Canada’s Ryder Hesjedal after winning the hilly 10th stage with a sprint finish.
• Sagan leads in California: Sprinter Peter Sagan of Slovakia surged to the front in the final 100 yards to win his third straight stage and extend his race lead in the third stage of the Tour of California.