Rockets, Celtics, Pacers win...Lillard honored..Pens, B's Sharks open well...Orb is Derby favorite

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Associated Press

Posted on May 2, 2013 at 2:05 AM

Updated Thursday, May 2 at 2:06 AM

UNDATED (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks failed to close out their NBA first-round series for the second straight game. The Houston Rockets will host a sixth game after James Harden shot 7-for-9 from three-point range while scoring 31 points in a 107-100 win at Oklahoma City. Kevin Garnett had 16 points, 18 rebounds and five assists as the Celtics downed the Knicks 92-86 to force a sixth game in Boston.

UNDATED (AP) — The Indiana Pacers took control of their NBA first-round series as David West scored 24 points and Paul George had a double-double in a 106-83 romp over Atlanta. George contributed 21 points and 10 rebounds for Indiana, which opened the second half on a 12-3 run to open a 62-46 lead.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard is the fourth player to be unanimously selected for the NBA's Rookie of the Year award. The sixth pick in last year's draft led all rookies in scoring at 19 points a game. Lillard also averaged 6.1 assists and 3.1 rebounds while playing all 82 games.

UNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins and San Jose Sharks were winners in the opener of their respective Stanley Cup playoff series. Marc-Andre Fleury turned back 26 shots in the Pens' 5-0 shutout of the New York Islanders, and Nathan Horton notched the game-winner as the Bruins downed Toronto 4-1. Antii Niemi (AN'-tee nee-EH'-mee) handled 29 shots and Dan Boyle scored the game-winner midway through the third period of the Sharks' 3-1 triumph at Vancouver.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Orb has been made the early 7-2 favorite for the Kentucky Derby, with undefeated Verrazano the second choice in a full field of 20 horses. Orb has drawn the No. 16 post, where just four horses have managed to win. Verrazano drew the No. 14 post and is the 4-1 second choice as one of Todd Pletcher's record-tying five horses in the field.

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