Durant, Westbrook shine in Thunder win

Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant’s 21-point first half helped the Thunder past the Grizzlies. (Associated Press)
Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant’s 21-point first half helped the Thunder past the Grizzlies. (Associated Press)

NBA: Kevin Durant scored 33 points, Russell Westbrook had a triple-double, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the visiting Memphis Grizzlies 120-109 on Saturday night in Game 7 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series.

Westbrook had 27 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds. His assist total tied the franchise record for a playoff game set in 1987 by Nate McMillan when the team was still in Seattle.

Pacers win Game 7, advance past Hawks: Paul George scored a playoff career-high 30 points and Roy Hibbert finally came up big to lead the Indiana Pacers past the Atlanta Hawks, 92-80 in Game 7 in Indianapolis.

Indiana staved off elimination for the second time in three days. It’s the first time since mid-March the Pacers’ regular starters have won back-to-back games.

Clippers hold on to defeat Warriors: Blake Griffin scored 24 points, Chris Paul had 22 points and 14 assists, and the host Los Angeles Clippers outlasted the Golden State Warriors 126-121 in Game 7 to win their thrilling first-round playoff series.

Jamal Crawford scored 22 points for the third-seeded Clippers, who won just the franchise’s third playoff series in 38 years after persevering through two tumultuous weeks for their franchise.

NBA to choose CEO to oversee Clippers: The NBA says it will appoint a chief executive officer to supervise the Los Angeles Clippers’ operations.

Mike Bass, the NBA executive vice president of communications, released a statement saying: “The best way to ensure the stability of the team during this difficult situation is to move quickly and install a CEO to oversee the Clippers organization. The process of identifying that individual is underway.”

Bruins even series with Canadiens

NHL: Reilly Smith scored to break a third-period tie with 3:32 left, and the Boston Bruins rallied from two goals down to beat the visiting Montreal Canadiens 5-3 and tie the Eastern Conference semifinals at one game apiece.

Kings score remarkable win versus Ducks: Marian Gaborik scored with 7 seconds left in regulation to force overtime, and then scored 12:07 into the extra period to lift the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-2 win against the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, California, in the opener of the first playoff series between the Southern California teams.

Montreal’s Subban doesn’t hold grudge: Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban says he doesn’t blame the Boston Bruins or their fans for racist tweets directed at him after Game 1 of their NHL playoff series.

Subban scored two goals in Game 1, including the winner in double overtime. Subban said after the game that what is posted on Twitter is not a reflection of the league or the Bruins.

Mickelson trails at Wells Fargo

Golf: Phil Mickelson’s best round of the year wasn’t enough for him to stay in the lead in the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina, just enough to give him a chance to end his slowest start to a season in 11 years.

J.B. Holmes held a one-shot lead when Martin Flores made his only bogey on the final hole. Mickelson had a 63 and was two shots behind.

Lewis tied with Lee at Shootout: Stacy Lewis shot a 2-under 69 even while missing several makable putts to grab a share of the lead with Meena Lee after three rounds at the North Texas LPGA Shootout in Irving, Texas.

Langer up three at Insperity Invitational: Bernhard Langer shot a 4-under 68 to open a three-stroke lead in the Champions Tour’s Insperity Invitational in The Woodlands, Texas. Colin Montgomerie was second after a 66, the best round of the day.

Fan killed by hurled toilet bowl

Soccer: Police say a soccer fan was killed when he was struck in the head by a toilet bowl hurled from stadium stands as supporters of rival clubs clashed in northeastern Brazil.

A police officer in the city of Recife said that the clash occurred Friday night at the Arruda stadium after a match between Santa Cruz and Parana.

Napoli wins violence-marred Italian Cup: In a soccer final that started 40 minutes late because of pregame violence, Lorenzo Insigne scored in the 11th and 17th minutes, and Napoli defeated Fiorentina 3-1 Saturday night to win the Italian Cup. A fan was in serious condition following a shooting on the outskirts of Rome before the match.

Marquez sets track record

Miscellany: Marc Marquez continued to impress in the defense of his MotoGP title by winning his fourth straight pole position with a track record at the Spain Grand Prix in Jerez, Spain. Marquez pushed his Honda through a late flying lap of 1 minute, 38.120 seconds to record the fastest lap ever at the 2.7-mile Jerez Circuit.

Albasini picks up third stage win: Michael Albasini of Switzerland sprinted to his third Tour of Romandie stage win, holding off Thomas Voeckler of France in a three-rider break in Fribourg, Switzerland.

Overall leader Simon Spilak of Slovakia retained his 1-second margin over defending champion Chris Froome of Britain.

Klizan reaches BMW Open final: Slovakian qualifier Martin Klizan defeated defending champion Tommy Haas 6-3, 6-2 Saturday to set up a BMW Open tennis final against top-seeded Fabio Fognini in Munich.

Suarez Navarro wins Portugal Open: Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain won her first career title at tennis’ Portugal Open, outlasting Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in the final in Oeiras, Portugal.

Click here to comment on this story »


Parting Shot — 5.26.16

A protester is removed during a speech by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a campaign event in Albuquerque, N.M. In AP’s delegate count, Trump surpassed the number needed to ...

Kids throwing wicked Wiffle Ball curves Definitely try this at home.



Contact the Spokesman

Main switchboard:
(509) 459-5000
Customer service:
(800) 338-8801
(509) 459-5400
(800) 789-0029
Back to Spokesman Mobile