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Warriors Rally to Stay Alive


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Golden State Warriors have forced a Game 7 in the NBA's Western Conference finals with a fourth-quarter comeback at Oklahoma City.




Klay Thompson poured in 19 of his game-high 41 points while the Warriors outscored the Thunder 33-18 in the final period of a 108-101 victory. Thompson drained a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:35 remaining and added a pair of free throws in the closing seconds to ice the win.


Thompson set an NBA playoff record by hitting 11 3-pointers. Golden State shot 21-for-44 from beyond the arc.

The Thunder led 97-93 until Stephen (STEH'-fehn) hit back-to-back 3-pointers to tie it with under three minutes to play. Curry shot just 8-for-21 but finished one assist shy of a triple double, providing 29 points and 10 rebounds.


Draymond Green had 14 points and 12 boards for the Warriors who lost their previous two playoff games in Oklahoma City by a combined 52 points.


The Thunder outscored the Warriors in each of the first three quarters to take an eight-point lead before Golden State won for the second straight game. Kevin Durant scored 29 points and Russell Westbrook added 28, but they shot a combined 34 percent from the field and were a miserable 1-for-13 from 3-point range.


Game 7 is Monday in Oakland, where the Warriors will attempt to become the 10th time in league playoff history to win a series after trailing 3-1.



NASCAR Tweaks Rules to Lower Downforce at 2 More Tracks


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR will make more aerodynamic changes to promote improved competition at upcoming races at Michigan and Kentucky.


Michigan Nascar


The changes to the rear spoiler, front splitter and rear deck fin will help NASCAR continue to reduce downforce and sideforce as it attempts to put the handling of the cars back in the hands of the drivers.


NASCAR has been tweaking the package at the request of the drivers, who overwhelmingly favor less downforce. NASCAR made a pair of changes before last week's All-Star race, and the on-track product was improved. The race had a pass for the win in the final segment for the first time in years.


Downforce is the pressure created across the surface of a moving car. Sideforce is generated by the flow of air along the sides.




Baylor Says 'Ken Starr is President' Amid Speculation


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Baylor University and its president are facing mounting pressure over how the school has handled reports of rape and assault by football players.




Asked about reports Tuesday that the university's board of regents had voted to fire President Ken Starr, school spokeswoman Lori Fogleman said in an email, "Ken Starr is president and chancellor of Baylor University." Fogelman did not elaborate.


In a separate statement, Baylor said the board hasn't finished reviewing the results of an internal investigated conducted by Philadelphia law firm Pepper Hamilton. The school says it expects to make an announcement "by June 3."


Starr and football coach Art Briles have faced sharp criticism on whether Baylor ignored allegations of assaults by players, two of whom were later convicted of sexual assault.




Dodgers Rout Reds 8-2, Send Cincy to 9th Straight Loss


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joc Pederson doubled in the tying run and then scored the go-ahead run on a throwing error in the fourth inning, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers to an 8-2 victory over Cincinnati on Tuesday night, extending the Reds' season-high skid to nine straight.


Reds Dodgers


The Dodgers' eight-game winning streak against the Reds is their longest active run against any opponent and their most since beating the Reds nine straight times in 2008-09.


Mike Bolsinger (1-1) allowed two runs and three hits in 5 2/3 innings of a spot start, having been brought back from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday in place of injured Chin-hui Tsao, who went on the 15-day disabled list. Bolsinger struck out six and walked one.


Daniel Wright (0-1) made his major league debut, giving up four runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.





Raptors Knot Things up Against Cavs


TORONTO (AP)_The Toronto Raptors are alive and well in the NBA playoffs.


Cavs v Raptors


It's all even in the NBA Eastern Conference finals, thanks to the Raptors All-Star backcourt duo. Kyle Lowry had 35 points and backcourt mate DeMar DeRozan added 32 as the Raptors tied the series at two games apiece with a 105-99 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.


It was amazing the game was this close. Cleveland made just three of 22 shots in the first half, for an icy 13.6 percent shooting percentage


The Raptors led early by as many as 18 in this seesaw game. But the Cavs erased that deficit and took a brief lead before the Raptors regained their composure behind their veteran guards.


Bismack Biyombo (bee-AHM'-boh) followed up his 26-rebound performance in Game 3 Saturday night with 14 boards in this one. The Raptors are 8-2 at home and 2-6 on the road in this postseason.


Game 5 is Wednesday night in Cleveland.


Sharks Taking 3-2 Series Lead Back to San Jose


ST. LOUIS (AP) — The San Jose Sharks beat the St. Louis Blues 6-3 in the Western Conference final. The Sharks take a 3-2 series lead back to San Jose for Game 6. Joe Pavelski had two goals and an assist.




Joel Ward also scored twice including one of two empty-netters in the final minute for San Jose. Joe Thornton had three assists.


Pavelski leads the playoffs with 12 goals and has three two-goal games, one in each series. The Sharks' captain added an assist and is tied with teammate Logan Couture (kuh-CHUR') for the postseason points lead, each with a franchise-record 21 points.


The Sharks can advance to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in team history with a victory Wednesday night at home.



LeBron, Cavs Stay Perfect, Blow out Raptors 115-84 in Game 1


CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James hardly missed and scored 24 points in three quarters, Kyrie Irving scored 27 and the Cleveland Cavaliers picked up where they left off before a long layoff by thumping the Toronto Raptors 115-84 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday night.




James made his first nine shots — one an arena-rattling powerhouse dunk — and the Cavs shot 67 percent from the field in the first half while improving to 9-0 this postseason. Cleveland is the first team to start the playoffs with nine straight wins since San Antonio reeled off 10 in a row in 2012.


But unlike their second-round series when they made 77 3-pointers and swept Atlanta, the Cavs did most of their damage from close range. Cleveland made just 7 of 20 3-point attempts.


DeMar DeRozan scored 18 points and Bismack Biyombo added 12 for Toronto.




Curry Unanimous Choice For NBA MVP


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — It's been an eventful 24 hours for Stephen (STEH'-fehn) Curry.


The Golden State Warriors guard is the first unanimous selection as the NBA's Most Valuable Player, receiving first-place nods from all 130 voters. Curry also is the 11th player in league history to win the award in consecutive years. The honor was announced hours after he set an NBA record with 17 overtime points while scoring 40 in Golden State's win at Portland.


Curry had another outstanding season while leading the Warriors to a league-record 73 wins. He led the NBA in scoring at 30.1 points a game and broke his own league mark by hitting 402 3-pointers. Curry also led the NBA in free throw percentage and steals.


San Antonio's Kawhi (kuh-WY') Leonard finished second in the balloting, followed by LeBron James of Cleveland.



Larry Bird Says Frank Vogel is Out in Indiana


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Frank Vogel will not return as Indiana Pacers coach next season.




Pacers President Larry Bird says the team will not renew Vogel's contract for next season. Bird says he believes it's time for a new voice to lead the Pacers, keeping with his long-held philosophy on short shelf lives for coaches.


Vogel was 250-181 in five and a half seasons with the Pacers. He led the team to the playoffs five times, including a first-round loss to the Toronto Raptors this season.


Bird says this is one of the toughest decisions he's ever had to make in basketball. He calls Vogel "the best" but says he started thinking about making a change around the All-Star break.




LeBron, Cavs Hold off Hawks 104-93 in Game 1


CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James scored 25 points, Kyrie Irving added 21 and the Cleveland Cavaliers withstood a strong comeback by Atlanta to maintain their chokehold on the Hawks with a 104-93 victory on Monday night in the opening game of their second-round Eastern Conference series.


James converted a critical three-point play with 2:09 left for the Cavs, who fell behind in the fourth after leading by 18. Cleveland swept Atlanta in last year's Eastern Conference finals and has won eight straight over the Hawks. Cleveland also improved to 9-0 against Atlanta in the postseason.


Dennis Schroder scored a playoff career-high 27 and rallied the Hawks before they crumbled in the closing minutes. Atlanta's offense bogged down in crunch time and the Hawks only scored two field goals in the final 4 minutes.


Paul Millsap added 17 points and 13 rebounds for Atlanta, which got just eight points from Jeff Teague.



Miami Moves on and Warriors Win Again


UNDATED (AP) — The Splash Brothers are temporarily broken up, but that hasn't stopped the Golden State Warriors from raining 3-pointers on their opponents.


Klay Thompson shot 7-for-14 from beyond the arc and finished with a game-high 37 points as the Warriors hammered Portland 118-106 in Game 1 of the NBA's Western Conference semifinals. Thompson scored 18 points on 7-for-10 shooting in the first quarter, including four treys while Golden State built a 37-17 lead. He became the first player in league history to hit at least seven 3s in three straight postseason games.


Draymond Green had his second career postseason triple-double with 23 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists for the defending champs. Shaun Livingston contributed 12 points and six assists in place of Stephen (STEH'-fehn) Curry, who remains sidelined with a sprained right knee.


Coach Steve Kerr says the odds are "pretty slim" that Curry will be ready for Game 2 Tuesday night in Oakland. Curry has resumed light shooting without movement on his injured right knee with the hopes he can get into scrimmages later this week, perhaps in time to be ready for Game 3 of the series.


Trail Blazers forward Damian Lillard finished with a team-high 30 points despite missing 11 of his first 13 shots.


Meanwhile, the Miami Heat advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals with a lopsided victory in Game 7 of the quarterfinals.


Goran Dragic dropped in 25 points and had six boards in the Heat's 106-73 dismantling of Charlotte. Gerald Green added 16 points for Miami, which led by 12 before outscoring the Hornets 29-11 in the third quarter.


The Hornets shot a miserable 32 percent, with Frank Kaminsky shooting 3-for-15 and Kemba Walker missing 13 of his 16 shots. Kaminsky still had a team-best 12 points for Charlotte, which dropped the last two games of the series after stealing Game 5 in Miami.


The Heat's next opponent will be Toronto after the Raptors survived a seven-game series with Indiana.


DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points and Jonas Valanciunas (YOH'-nuhs val-ehn-CHOO'-nuhs) had 15 rebounds and 10 points as the Raptors eliminated the Pacers 89-84. DeRozan clinched the victory by hitting two free throws with 6 1/2 seconds left after Indiana got within 87-84.


Rookie Norman Powell added 13 points for Toronto, while Kyle Lowry had 11 and nine assists to help the Raptors win a seven-game series for the first time in team history.

Paul George had 26 points and 12 rebounds for the Pacers, who trailed by 14 heading into the final period before limiting Toronto to 11 points.


The Heat-Raptors series begins Tuesday in Toronto.



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