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Associated Press

Posted on April 28, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Updated Sunday, Apr 28 at 9:36 AM

NBA PLAYOFFS

Bulls beat the Nets, Grizzlies even series

UNDATED (AP) — Chicago Bulls guard Nate Robinson made the most of his 28 minutes off the bench this afternoon.

Robinson scored 29 of his 34 points after the third quarter as the Bulls outlasted Brooklyn 142-134 in triple-overtime to take a three-games-to-one lead in the NBA's Eastern Conference quarterfinals. The Nets led 109-95 with less than four minutes left in regulation before Robinson scored the first 12 points in a 14-0 run that forced OT. He also hit a go-ahead jumper with two seconds left in the first overtime, but the outcome remained in doubt until the Nazr (NAH'-zee) Mohammed hit a layup with 19 seconds left to put the Bulls ahead 140-134.

Carlos Boozer finished with 21 points and eight rebounds, while Joakim (JOH'-kihm) Noah added 15 points and 13 boards.

Deron Williams had a team-high 32 points for the Nets, who will try to stave off elimination when they host Game 5 on Monday.

Oklahoma City is up 3-0 in its Western Conference quarterfinal series despite blowing a 26-point lead on Saturday.

Kevin Durant hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 41.9 seconds left before the Thunder hit four free throws to beat the Rockets 104-101 in Houston. Durant finished with 41 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to help the Thunder win without All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook, who is out the remainder of the postseason following knee surgery.

Durant's go-ahead trey came seconds after Francisco Garcia's three-pointer gave Houston the lead.

James Harden had 30 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the Rockets, who will look to avoid a sweep when they host Game 4 on Monday.

The Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers are tied at two games apiece. Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph each had 24 points and combined for 22 rebounds as the Grizzlies hammered the Clippers 104-83 to secure a Game 6 at Memphis. Mike Conley added 15 points and 13 assists for the Grizzlies, who outrebounded the Clippers 45-28 and had a 22-2 advantage in second-chance points.

The Clippers host Game 5 on Tuesday.

Atlanta turned things around in its series with Indiana after Al Horford contributed 26 points and 16 rebounds to the Hawks' 90-69 silencing of the Pacers. Josh Smith had 14 points for the Hawks, who led 54-30 at halftime and held the Pacers to 27 percent shooting.

David West led the Pacers with 18 points.

Indiana holds a two-games-to-one lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 is Monday in Atlanta.

NBA-KNICKS/SMITH

Smith suspended for Sunday's game

BOSTON (AP) — The New York Knicks will be without backup guard J.R. Smith as they try to complete a four-game sweep of Boston on Sunday.

Smith has received a one-game suspension for elbowing the Celtics' Jason Terry in the chin in the fourth quarter of Friday's 90-76 win at Boston. Smith was given a flagrant foul 2, an automatic ejection.

NHL-SCORES

Habs climb over B's...Wild take final West playoff slot

UNDATED (AP) — The Boston Bruins have put themselves in a must-win position when they host the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night.

Montreal leads the Northeast Division by one point over the Bruins after Brendan Gallagher, Andrei Markov and Lars Eller each had a goal and an assist in the Canadiens' 4-1 win at Toronto. Peter Budaj (BOO'-dy) faced just 16 shots and was perfect after Phil Kessel gave the Maple Leafs a brief 1-0 lead in the opening period.

Meanwhile, the Bruins blew a 2-0 lead in the third period and lost 3-2 to Washington in overtime. Mike Green scored a pair of power-play goals 1:55 apart in the third period before setting up Eric Fehr's extra-man tally at 3:23 of OT.

Boston will win the Northeast only if it can beat the Senators tonight.

Also on ice, Jakub Voracek (YAH'-kuhb VOHR'-uh-chehk) scored midway through the third period to give Philadelphia a 2-1 triumph at Ottawa. Flyers goaltender Steve Mason stopped 43 shots to help the Flyers keep the Senators one point behind the New York Islanders for seventh place in the East.

Henrik Lundvist turned back 20 shots and Rick Nash scored twice as the New York Rangers beat New Jersey 4-0. The Rangers' victory, coupled with Ottawa's home loss to Philadelphia, gives the Rangers the sixth seed in the East.

St. Louis will start the playoffs at home, securing the fourth seed in the West by defeating Chicago 3-1. Jaden Schwartz scored twice and Brian Elliott blanked the Blackhawks until Ben Smith scored with 11:37 remaining

Minnesota captured the final Western Conference playoff berth with a 3-1 triumph at Colorado. Zach Parise (pah-REE'-say), Devin Setoguchi (set-uh-GOO'-chee) and Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored to support Niklas Backstrom, who made 15 of his 29 saves in the third period.

Columbus missed taking the final Western Conference postseason slot despite a 3-1 triumph over Nashville. Jack Johnson's go-ahead goal with 4:48 left gave the Blue Jackets hope for a playoff berth until the Wild beat the Avalanche.

Detroit has wrapped up the seventh seed in the West after Henrik Zetterberg provided two goals and an assist in a 3-0 shutout of Dallas. Jimmy Howard made 17 saves in his third shutout this month and fifth of the season.

Justin Williams had a goal and an assist as Los Angeles beat San Jose 3-2. That gives the Kings the fifth seed in the West and puts the Sharks sixth in the conference.

James Neal had a hat trick and set up another goal in Pittsburgh's 8-3 rout of Carolina.

Radim Vrbata also had a three-goal game to push Phoenix past Anaheim 5-3.

Nail Yakupov capped his first NHL season by scoring three times in Edmonton's 7-2 romp over Vancouver.

Martin St. Louis (mahr-TAN' san loo-EE') wrapped up the league scoring title with 60 points and netting a goal and an assist in Tampa Bay's 5-3 loss to Florida.

MLB-SCHEDULE

Royals keep division lead

UNDATED (AP) — The Kansas City Royals continue to sit atop the American League West.

Ervin Santana gave up six hits over seven shutout innings as the Royals downed Cleveland 3-2. Salvador Perez put the Royals ahead to stay with a two-run homer in the second inning before Eric Hosmer's bases-loaded walk made it 3-0 in the seventh.

The Indians scored two unearned runs in the ninth before Greg Holland struck out Jason Kipnis with the tying run on base for his sixth save.

Also in the majors, Omar Infante (ihn-FAHN'-tee) and Jhonny Peralta (peh-RAHL'-tah) hit two-run blasts as the Detroit Tigers beat Atlanta 7-4. The Braves wasted Justin Upton's major league-leading 12th homer and lost for the sixth time in eight games since a 10-game winning streak.

Matt Moore is 5-0 with a 1.13 ERA after allowing a run and three hits while striking out nine in Tampa Bay's 10-4 pounding of the White Sox in Chicago. Kelly Johnson and Evan Longoria each had four hits and two RBIs to help Moore become the first Rays pitcher to begin a season with five April victories.

Boston is 17-7 after David Ortiz delivered two hits and three RBIs in the Red Sox's 8-4 win against Houston. Ortiz is hitting .519 with two homers and nine RBIs in 27 at-bats since getting back into the lineup last Saturday.

Felix Hernandez allowed just one earned run and five hits over eight innings of Seattle's 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels. Jesus Montero tied the game with a two-run homer in the sixth, one inning before pinch-hitter Kendrys Morales singled home the go-ahead run.

Nick Markakis (mahr-KAY'-kihs) and Adam Jones hit back-to-back homers in the fourth inning of Baltimore's 7-3 triumph at Oakland. Nate McLouth also went deep and Chris Tillman picked up his first victory of the season as the Orioles dealt the A's their eighth loss in nine games.

Travis Hafner was the hitting star in the New York Yankees' 5-4 comeback win over Toronto, hitting a go-ahead, RBI triple in the seventh after tying the game with a three-run homer. CC Sabathia (suh-BATH'-ee-uh) allowed three earned runs and nine hits in eight innings as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays for the third straight day.

Pedro Hernandez picked up his first major league win by tossing five shutout innings of Minnesota's 7-2 victory against Texas. Josh Willingham and Aaron Hicks drove in two runs apiece as the Twins ended a three-game skid and handed the Rangers just their second loss in nine games.

Philadelphia has a five-game winning streak after Dominic Brown and John Mayberry Jr. hit back-to-back homers while the Phillies scored five times in the fifth inning of a 9-4 win over the New York Mets. Michael Young had three hits for the second straight day, and Ryan Howard collected two RBIs after hitting a three-run homer the previous night.

Carlos Gomez and Martin Maldonado (mahr-TEEN' mal-doh-NAH'-doh) hit two-run homers in the late innings to power Milwaukee past the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-4. The Dodgers wasted the major league debut of Matt Magill who allowed four hits and struck out seven before leaving with a 3-2 lead in the seventh.

St. Louis starter Jake Westbrook tossed six shutout innings before Pittsburgh rallied off the Cardinals' bullpen to earn a 5-3 road win. Russell Martin tied the game with a two-run homer and scored twice to help A.J. Burnett pick up the victory.

Bryce Harper's ninth homer of the season was a two-run shot that gave Washington a 6-1 lead in a 6-3 win over the Reds. Dan Haren helped the Nationals beat Cincinnati for the third straight day, poking an RBI single and allowing two runs and six hits in six innings.

San Diego beat San Francisco 8-7 on second baseman Marco Scutaro's (SKOO'-tah-roh's) error in the bottom of the 12th. Yonder Alonso scored the winning run and was 3-for-5 with two RBIs.

Cody Ross hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th to complete Arizona's 3-2 victory against Colorado. Ross had two RBIs for the Diamondbacks, who are 6-0 in extra innings.

David DeJesus singled home the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning of the Cubs' 3-2 win over Miami. The Marlins dropped to a major league-worst 5-19 despite homers by Miguel Olivo and Giancarlo Stanton, who socked his first of the season.

MLB-PIRATES

Bucs' Sanchez suspended

Left-hander Jonathan Sanchez of the Pirates has been suspended by Major League Baseball for six games and fined for hitting Allen Craig with a pitch in the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday. Sanchez gave up two home runs and a single to start the inning before hitting Craig in the shoulder. Umpire Tim Timmons immediately ejected Sanchez before tossing Pirates manager Clint Hurdle for arguing.

NFL DRAFT

Barkley goes to Eagles

NEW YORK (AP) — Southern California quarterback Matt Barkley was the first pick of the fourth round of the NFL draft yesterday, taken by Philadelphia after a trade with Jacksonville. The high-profile Barkley was projected as a first-round selection last year, but opted to return to school. He and the Trojans slumped, Barkley injured his shoulder, and his stock plummeted. Barkley was only the fourth quarterback selected through 98 picks this year. The other QBs chosen in the fourth round were Ryan Nassib of Syracuse, Landry Jones of Oklahoma and Tyler Wilson of Arkansas.

The San Francisco 49ers selected running back Marcus Lattimore out of South Carolina with the second of their two fourth-round selections. Lattimore comes to the 49ers after a junior season during which he suffered a career-threatening right knee injury in South Carolina's ninth game, one year after he suffered torn ligaments in his left knee midway through his sophomore season

NASCAR-RICHMOND

Harvick rallies to win

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Kevin Harvick plowed through traffic on the final restart and held off Clint Bowyer (BOY'-ur) to win Saturday's Sprint Cup race at Richmond.

Juan Pablo Montoya was trying to hold off Harvick for his first win since 2010 when the caution came out with four laps remaining, sending the race into two laps of overtime. Harvick was seventh at the restart before blowing past the leaders to take the checkered flag.

Joey Logano was third, followed by Montoya and Jeff Burton. Pole-sitter Matt Kenseth was seventh.

PGA-ZURICH CLASSIC

Glover maintains lead

AVONDALE, La. (AP) — Midway leader Lucas Glover remains on top after three rounds of the PGA's Zurich Classic in Avondale, La. He shot a third-round 2-under-70 to finish 14 under, two in front of Kyle Stanley, Jimmy Walker, Billy Horschel and D.A. Points.

The best round of the day was a 7-under-65 as shot by Stanley and Kevin Stadler, who starts round four three shots back of the leader.

LPGA-NORTH TEXAS SHOOTOUT

Ciganda continues to lead

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Carlota Ciganda (SHAR'-lahta SUH'-gahnda) has a two-stroke lead after three rounds of the North Texas LPGA Shootout outside Dallas. Coganda is at minus-11 after firing a 5-under 67 this afternoon.

Inbee Park and Carolina Masson are 9-under, one shot ahead of Na Yeon Choi.

CHAMPIONS TOUR

Chasing Blake and Chapman

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The team of Jay Don Blake and Roger Chapman has the lead after two rounds of the three-round Champions Tour Legends of Golf better ball tournament in Savannah, Ga. They are in the clubhouse at 17-under while five other teams are tied at 16-under.

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