April 20, 2014 in Sports

Thompson’s 22 points guide Warriors to win

From Staff And Wire Reports
 
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Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, right, puts up a shot as Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin defends.
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NBA: Klay Thompson scored 22 points, David Lee added 20 and the Golden State Warriors got Blake Griffin and Chris Paul in foul trouble to beat the host Los Angeles Clippers 109-105 on Saturday in their playoff opener.

Stephen Curry added 14 points for the Warriors, who trailed by 11 points to start the game before rallying in the third when Griffin and Paul were on the bench.

Paul led the Clippers with 28 points, and J.J. Redick added 22 points in 30 minutes. Griffin finished with 16 points, fouling out with 48 seconds left and the game tied at 105. DeAndre Jordan had 11 points and 14 rebounds.

Hawks surprise Pacers: Jeff Teague scored a playoff career-high 28 points and Paul Millsap added 25 as eighth-seeded Atlanta rolled past top-seeded Indiana 101-93 in Indianapolis, taking a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Atlanta opened the third quarter on an 8-0 run, breaking a 50-all tie, then pulled away when Teague scored nine points in a 14-0 run that made it 74-58 with 4:08 left in the quarter.

Indiana couldn’t get closer than eight the rest of the way.

Nets handle Raptors: Deron Williams and Joe Johnson each scored 24 points, Paul Pierce scored nine of his 15 points in the final quarter and the visiting Brooklyn Nets beat the Toronto Raptors 94-87 in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

The Nets won despite making 4 of 24 3-point attempts.

Kyle Lowry scored 22 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 17 points and 18 rebounds for the Raptors.

Thunder roll Grizzlies: Kevin Durant scored 13 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter to help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the visiting Memphis Grizzlies 100-86 in the opening game of their first-round series.

St. Louis trips Chicago again in overtime

NHL: Defenseman Barret Jackman scored on a drive through traffic, giving the host St. Louis Blues their second straight 4-3 overtime victory over the Chicago Blackhawks for a 2-0 series lead against the defending Stanley Cup champions.

Vladimir Tarasenko forced overtime with his second goal of the series, beating Corey Crawford with a wrist shot that banged off the right post and in with 6.4 seconds to go. • Columbus nets franchise-first playoff win: Matt Calvert banged home a rebound 1:10 into the second overtime and the Columbus Blue Jackets earned the first playoff victory in franchise history with a 4-3 win over the host Pittsburgh Penguins.

Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury stuffed the initial shot by Cam Atkinson, but Calvert stood all alone at the left post and wristed a shot into the open net to even the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at one game each.

Avalanche tame Wild: Gabriel Landeskog scored twice and Semyon Varlamov stopped 30 shots, lifting the Colorado Avalanche to a 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild in Denver and a 2-0 series lead.

Flyers’ Mason sits again: Steve Mason still isn’t feeling well enough to play, so Ray Emery will be back in the net for the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 2 today against the New York Rangers.

Mason has been sidelined for a week because of an undisclosed upper-body injury after he was knocked over and hit his head on the ice against Pittsburgh.

Bruins’ Lucic fined: Boston forward Milan Lucic has been fined $5,000 for spearing Detroit defenseman Danny DeKeyser in the second period of their opening playoff game Friday night, won 1-0 by the Red Wings.

Donald leads by two shots at RBC Heritage

Golf: Luke Donald shot a 66 to take a two-stroke lead over John Huh after three rounds of the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Donald had an eagle and six birdies to finish at 8-under-par 205 and carry the lead into today’s final round.

Jimenez continues roll: Miguel Angel Jimenez, extending his impressive Champions Tour debut, shot 2-under 70 to take a one-stroke lead over defending champion Bernhard Langer into the final round of the Greater Gwinnett Championship in Duluth, Ga.

Former Pullman resident Kirk Triplett is 13 shots back after a second-round 76.

Wie emerges to win LOTTE Championship: Michelle Wie rallied from four strokes back entering the day to shoot a 5-under 67 and win the LPGA LOTTE Championship in Kapolei, Hawaii.

The 24-year-old American finished at 14-under 274.

It was Wie’s third career victory on the LPGA Tour, and first since taking the CN Canadian Women’s Open in 2010.

All-Swiss final set at Monte Carlo

Tennis: Roger Federer ousted defending Monte Carlo Masters champion Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-2 at Monaco to set up an all-Swiss final against Stanislas Wawrinka.

Wawrinka progressed after beating Spaniard David Ferrer 6-1, 7-6 (3).

Wawrinka remains on course for his third title of the season, the fourth of his career on clay and his first in any Masters event.

Cibulkova, Vekic in Malaysian Open final: Top-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia overcame a fighting Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-3 in the semifinals of the Malaysian Open at Kuala Lumpur.

Cibulkova will play seventh-seeded Donna Vekic of Croatia in today’s final. Vekic rallied to beat second-seeded Shuai Zhang of China 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Oklahoma, Florida share gymnastics title

Miscellany : Oklahoma and Florida are co-champions in NCAA women’s gymnastics at Birmingham, Ala.

The defending champion Gators and first-time winners Oklahoma shared the title with scores of 198.175 in the Super Six. It’s the first time the sport has had co-champions.

Dynamic Impact takes Illinois Derby: Heavy race favorite Midnight Hawk was run down in the stretch by Dynamic Impact, which won the $500,000 Illinois Derby by a neck in a photo finish. Maiden horse Irish You Well finished third at Hawthorne Race course in Stickney, Ill.

Ridden by Miguel Mena, the 9-1 winner Dynamic Impact ran a mile and an eighth in 1:49.07 on a fast track from the No. 1 post position. The 57th running of the Illinois Derby featured an eight horse field.

Mr Speaker wins Coolmore Lexington States: Mr Speaker took charge down the stretch to win the $200,000 Coolmore Lexington (Ky.) Stakes at Keeneland and earn 10 points toward the Kentucky Derby, but will be a spectator to the Triple Crown. With just 17 total points at stake in this Grade 3 race and facing a two-week turnaround before the Derby on May 3, the winner was a longshot for Churchill Downs.


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