April 5, 2014 in Sports

Timberwolves stymie Heat in double OT

From Staff And Wire Reports
 
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Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love scored 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a 122-121 double-overtime win over Miami.
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NBA: Corey Brewer hit one of two free throws with 1.8 seconds left in the second overtime, and the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Miami Heat 122-121 on Friday night.

Ray Allen missed a wild jumper as time expired for Miami, which blew a chance to move two games clear of Indiana in the loss column atop the Eastern Conference standings.

LeBron James scored 34 points for the Heat.

Gasol helps Grizzlies keep postseason in reach: Marc Gasol had 24 points, Mike Conley scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half, and the host Memphis Grizzlies kept their playoff hopes alive with a 100-92 victory over the Denver Nuggets.

Memphis entered the game a half-game behind Dallas for the seventh playoff spot and tied with the Phoenix Suns for eighth. Dallas and Phoenix played later Friday night.

Raptors overcome Pacers despite injuries: Terrence Ross scored 24 points to lead the short-handed Toronto Raptors 102-94 over the visiting Indiana Pacers.

Jonas Valanciunas added 22 points and nine rebounds, while DeMar DeRozan scored 20 for the Raptors, who earned their fifth win in six games despite missing starters Kyle Lowry and Amir Johnson.

Hawks halt Cavaliers’ playoff push: Mike Scott ended a scoring slump with 26 points and the host Atlanta Hawks beat Cleveland 117-98 in a costly setback for the Cavaliers’ late-season playoff push.

The Cavaliers, who had won five of six to move within two games of the Hawks and New York Knicks, lost an opportunity to move within a game of eighth place.

Last-second goal wins it for Blackhawks

NHL: Ben Smith tapped in a rebound with 3.7 seconds left on a wild scrum to give the visiting Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Jeremy Morin, Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa also had goals for Chicago, and Duncan Keith had three assists. Antti Raanta had 24 saves.

Carter scores tiebreaker to keep Devils in playoff run: Ryan Carter scored the tiebreaking goal with 4:54 remaining to lift the host New Jersey Devils to a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals.

Alex Ovechkin scored for Washington, which lost its fifth straight. Jaroslav Halak stopped 29 shots.

Garcia leading Houston Open

Golf: Sergio Garcia surged to the top of the leaderboard by shooting a 7-under-par 65 in the second round of the Houston Open in Humble, Texas.

The Spaniard’s overall score of 12-under 132 matches the 36-hole low at the 7,441-yard Golf Club of Houston, and he’s one shot ahead of Matt Kuchar.

Thompson ties Pak for lead in first major of year: Lexi Thompson found a putting touch to match her power game in the Kraft Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

The 19-year-old Thompson, already a three-time winner on the LPGA Tour, shot a bogey-free 8-under 64 at Mission Hills for a share of the second-round lead with Se Ri Pak in the first major championship of the year.

Michelle Wie was a stroke back after a 71.

Favorites stumble in Davis Cup

Tennis: Two of the favorites struggled on the first day of the Davis Cup quarterfinals in London, with Germany closing in on a big upset against France and Switzerland only managing to split the opening singles matches against Kazakhstan.

Peter Gojowczyk, ranked No. 119, beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a five-set marathon to give injury-hit Germany a 2-0 lead over host France. Gojowczyk won 5-7, 7-6 (3), 3-6, 7-6 (8), 8-6 after Tobias Kamke had defeated Julien Benneteau 7-6 (8), 6-3, 6-2.

Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka also lost his opening singles match for host Switzerland against 64th-ranked Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan, 7-6 (5), 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (5). That left it up to Roger Federer to even the best-of-five series at 1-1 by easily dispatching Mikhail Kukushkin 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.

The Czech Republic lived up to its status as favorite, although both Radek Stepanek and Lukas Rosol had to work hard before winning their singles matches to give the defending champion a 2-0 lead over Japan. Stepanek beat Tatsuma Ito 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5), 6-1, 7-5 at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo and Rosol overcame Taro Daniel 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-2.

In the other quarterfinal, Italy was up 1-0 over Britain after Fabio Fognini beat James Ward in Naples. A second match was suspended because of darkness.

Bencic upsets Errani in Family Circle Cup: No. 3 seed Sara Errani was upset by 17-year-old Swiss qualifier Belinda Bencic 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 at the Family Circle Cup quarterfinals in Charleston, S.C.


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