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Associated Press

Posted on April 5, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Updated Saturday, Apr 5 at 9:35 AM


Pacers, Heat fall

UNDATED (AP) — The Heat still lead the NBA's Eastern Conference by percentage points over the Indiana Pacers, even after Miami lost a heartbreaker to Minnesota.

Corey Brewer hit one of two free throws with 1.8 seconds left in double-overtime to push the Timberwolves past the Heat 122-121. A third overtime appeared imminent after Chris Bosh canned a 3-pointer with 10.8 remaining, but Brewer went to the line after being fouled by Norris Cole.

Kevin Love finished with 28 points and 11 rebounds, Chase Buddinger had 24 points and Ricky Rubio chipped in 13 points and 14 assists for the winners.

LeBron James had a game-high 34 points for the Heat, who were without Dwyane (dwayn) Wade once again.

Toronto won for the fifth time in six games as Terrence Ross, Jonas Valanciunas and DeMar DeRozan each scored at least 20 points to lead the Raptors' 102-94 win against Indiana. Ross finished with 24 points, Valanciunas had 22 and nine rebounds, while DeRozan contributed 20 points to help the Raptors deal the Pacers their fourth loss in five games.

The Raptors still lead the Atlantic Division by 2 ½ games over Brooklyn.

Meanwhile, Houston clinched a playoff berth while damaging Oklahoma City's hopes of grabbing the No. 1 seed in the NBA playoffs.

James Harden scored 39 points and the Rockets ended a three-game skid by downing the Thunder 111-107. Harden hit two free throws to close the scoring and was 17 of 20 from the line. He also had nine rebounds and seven assists as the Rockets dropped the Thunder 3 ½ games behind the Western Conference-leading San Antonio Spurs.

Kevin Durant scored 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Thunder. It's his 40th straight game with at least 25 points, the longest such streak since Michael Jordan also did it 40 consecutive times in 1986-87.

Elsewhere in the NBA:

— Golden State's Klay Thompson scored 21 points in a 102-69 pounding of Sacramento. Stephen Curry had 13 points and five assists for the Warriors, who led 59-27 at halftime and 75-33 early in the third quarter.

— Gerald Green came off the bench to score 18 of his 32 points in the second half of the Suns' 109-93 victory over Portland. Eric Bledsoe finished with 30 points and Goran Dragic added 19 as Phoenix pulled into a tie with Dallas for the final Western Conference playoff slot.

— The Mavericks were 107-95 winners over the Lakers in Los Angeles as Dirk Nowitzki provided 27 points and nine rebounds. Nowitzki is 32 points behind Oscar Robertson for 10th on the all-time list.

— Jimmy Butler and Kirk Hinrich (HYN'-rihk) had 17 points apiece in Chicago's fourth straight win, 102-90 against Milwaukee. Joakim (JOH'-keem) Noah was among seven Bulls to score in double-figures, finishing with 11 points and 13 rebounds.

— The Nets' franchise-record home winning streak now stands at 15 games after they drained seven straight 3-point attempts in the second quarter of a 116-104 trouncing of Detroit. Shaun Livingston had a team-high 23 points and Mirza Teletovic made six 3-treys and added 20 points.

— Charlotte is another step closer to a playoff berth after Al Jefferson had 29 points and 16 rebounds in a 91-80 win against Orlando. Kemba Walker added 13 points and 10 assists for the Bobcats, who at 38-38 are back at .500 for the first time since Nov. 23.

— Marc Gasol (gah-SAHL') had 24 points and Memphis bolstered its playoff hopes with a 100-92 win against Denver. Mike Conley scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half, and Zach Randolph chipped in 20 points and 15 rebounds.

— Atlanta set a season high with 39 first-quarter points and never trailed in a 117-98 rout of Cleveland, which leaves the Cavaliers three games out of a playoff berth. Mike Scott dropped in 26 points, while Jeff Teague delivered 20 points and 12 assists as the Hawks won for only the second time in nine games to take a one-game lead over New York for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth.

— Bradley Beal made the go-ahead jumper with 22 seconds left and scored 28 points in Washington's 90-89 topping of the Knicks. J.R. Smith scored a season-high 32 points for the Knicks, but Carmelo Anthony added just 10 and committed nine turnovers.

— Michael Carter-Williams scored eight of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, and Henry Sims had career-highs with 24 points and nine rebounds in Philadelphia's 111-102 triumph in Boston.

— Alec Burks and Gordon Hayward each scored 21 points and Utah halted a five-game skid by downing New Orleans 100-96.


Bosox raise banner, lose to Brewers...Braves beat Nats

UNDATED (AP) — It was a day of celebration at Fenway Park as the Boston Red Sox unveiled their third World Series banner since 2004. But the afternoon was tarnished by a Boston bullpen that hadn't allowed a run until Friday.

Reliever Edward Mujica (moo-HEH'-kuh) surrendered four runs in the ninth inning as the Bosox absorbed a 6-2 loss to Milwaukee. Lyle Overbay lined a two-run double to snap a 2-2 tie before Carlos Gomez and Aramis (ah-RAH'-mihs) Ramirez followed with RBI singles.

Jonathan Lucroy hit a solo homer for the Brewers, while Will Middlebrooks did likewise for the Red Sox.

Meanwhile, the Chicago Cubs lost as they celebrated the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field. Chase Utley and John Mayberry Jr. smacked two-run homers and Roberto Hernandez worked into the sixth inning of Philadelphia's 7-2 win over the Chicago Cubs. Dominic Brown drove in two runs to support Hernandez, who allowed two runs and three hits over 5 1/3 innings before the Phillies' bullpen tossed hitless ball the rest of the way.

Elsewhere around the majors:

— Pittsburgh hammered St. Louis 12-2 as Pedro Alvarez homered twice and scored three runs. Gerrit Cole (1-0) gave up two runs in seven innings in his first start since losing the deciding Game 5 of the NLDS to the Cardinals last fall.

— San Francisco roughed up Hyun-Jin Ryu for eight runs and eight hits in just two innings while building an 8-0 lead in an 8-4 romp over the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (YAH'-see-ul pweeg) was scratched after showing up late for batting practice.

— Charlie Blackmon tied a Colorado record by collecting six hits, going 6-for-6 with a two-run homer, five RBIs and four runs scored in a 12-2 pounding of Arizona in the Rockies' home opener. Carlos Gonzalez also belted a two-run homer and had four RBIs to support Juan Nicasio, who held the Diamondbacks to a run and four hits in seven innings.

— Chris Johnson hit a tiebreaking, sacrifice fly in the eighth inning and the Atlanta Braves benefited from an overturned call to beat the Nationals 2-1 in Washington. Ian Desmond's inside-the-park home run was switched to a ground-rule double after a five-minute delay because Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez requested the review.

— The New York Mets have their first victory after Lucas Duda (DOO'-duh) smacked a pair of two-run homers to beat Cincinnati 4-3. Jenrry Mejia (HEHN'-ree meh-HEE'-uh) held the Reds to one run and four hits while striking out a career-high eight in six innings.

— Giancarlo Stanton hit a long home run and Adeiny Hechavarria (ah-DAY'-nee EHSH-eh-vah-RE'-uh) had a career-high four hits as Miami clobbered San Diego 8-2. Jarrod Saltalamacchia (sahl-tah-lah-MAH'-kee-uh) added three hits and two RBIs for the 4-1 Marlins.

— Masahiro Tanaka (mah-sah-HEE'-roh tah-NAH'-kah) won his major league debut by yielding two earned runs and six hits while striking out eight in six innings of the New York Yankees' 7-3 win at Toronto. Yangervis Solarte (YAWN'-gur-vees soh-LAHR'-tay) had three RBIs to back Tanaka, who gave up a homer to Melby Cabrera on his third pitch.

— Sean Rodriguez homered and tied a career-high with four RBIs in Tampa Bay's 8-1 laugher against Texas. Jake Odorizzi allowed three hits in six innings for his first major league win.

— Homers by Miguel Cabrera, Rajai (RAH'-zhay) Davis and Torii Hunter powered Detroit past Baltimore 10-4. Cabrera singled three times before his two-run blast in the eighth made him the ninth player to reach 2,000 hits before turning 31.

— Nick Swisher hit a two-run homer and had three RBIs as Cleveland whipped Minnesota 7-2. Yan Gomes (yahn gohmz) hit a solo homer and Michael Brantley added an RBI single for the Indians, who trailed 2-0 in the sixth.

— Alex Gordon hit a three-run double in the first inning to put Kansas City ahead to stay in a 7-5 win over the Chicago White Sox. Lorenzo Cain added a two-run single, and Nori Aoki (NOHR'-ee ah-OH'-kee) and Omar Infante (ihn-FAHN'-tay) each had three of the Royals' 13 hits.

— The Los Angeles Angels ripped Houston 11-1 behind homers from Mike Trout, Josh Hamilton and Kole Calhoun. Garrett Richards picked up the Angels' first win of the season, giving up a run and three hits with seven strikeouts in five innings.

— Seattle's game in Oakland was postponed because of a water-logged field. No makeup date has been announced.


New deal for All-Star second baseman

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians have signed All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis to a six-year, $52.5 million contract extension with a club option for 2020. Kipnis is the latest core player to be locked up by the Indians, who reached deals with outfielder Michael Brantley and catcher Yan Gomes (yahn gohmz) during spring training.

The 27-year-old Kipnis hit .284 with 17 homers and team highs of 84 RBIs, 30 steals and 86 runs in 149 games last season.


Wake has a new coach

UNDATED (AP) — Wake Forest has hired Tulsa coach Danny Manning as its next men's basketball coach. Manning attended high school about 30 minutes away from the Winston-Salem, N.C., campus before becoming an All-American at Kansas, leading the Jayhawks to the 1988 national championship and playing 15 years in the NBA. He was 38-29 in two seasons at Tulsa.


New deal for the coach

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks have given coach Pete Carroll a three-year contract extension, two months after he led the team to a Super Bowl victory over Denver. At 62, Carroll is the second-oldest head coach in the NFL. His record with Seattle is 38-26 in four seasons.

Also in the NFL:

— Chris Johnson has been released by the Titans, who told him they made the move to avoid paying the running back $8 million in 2014, along with the final three seasons left on his $53.5 million contract. Johnson ran for 1,077 yards last season, the second lowest total of his career.

— Veteran defensive back Champ Bailey has agreed to a two-year contract with the New Orleans Saints.

— The Buffalo Bills have acquired receiver Mike Williams in a deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

— Quarterback Dan Orlovsky is back with the Detroit Lions after signing a one-year contract.

— The New York Giants have agreed to a one-year contract with tight end Kellen Davis.


Ducks fall...Wings get a key win

UNDATED (AP) — The Nashville Predators prevented the Anaheim Ducks from padding their lead in the NHL's Pacific Division and pulling within one point of West-leading St. Louis.

Colin Wilson and Mike Fisher each scored twice in the Predators' 5-2 victory at Anaheim. Fisher notched the first two goals before Fisher put Nashville ahead 3-0 just 14 minutes into the game.

The Detroit Red Wings have more leg room in the Eastern Conference race. Darren Helm, Tomas Jurco and Daniel Aldredsson scored during a 10-minute span of the first period to give the Red Wings a 3-0 lead in a 3-2 triumph against Buffalo. Jurco and Aldredsson scored 76 seconds apart to put the Wings ahead by three.

The win leaves Detroit three points ahead of Columbus for seventh in the East. The Blue Jackets remain one point in front of ninth-place Toronto, and Washington is still four points back.

Also on ice:

— Ryan Carter scored the tiebreaking goal with 4:54 left to give New Jersey a 2-1 win over the Capitals. Cory Schneider stopped 24 shots as the Devils dealt the Caps their fifth straight loss and pulled within three points of the Jackets for the last conference playoff berth.

— Ben Smith's goal with just four seconds left in regulation lifted Chicago over Columbus 4-3. Patrick Sharp finished with a goal and an assist, while Duncan Keith set up three Blackhawks tallies.

— Max Pacioretty had three goals and five points in the Canadiens' 7-4 comeback win at Ottawa. Montreal fell behind 3-0 after just six minutes before erupting for seven unanswered goals.

— Sam Gagner (GAHN'-yay) scored with 41 seconds left in regulation before netting the lone shootout goal in Edmonton's 3-2 win at Phoenix. The Coyotes picked up a point and moved one ahead of Dallas for the final Western Conference playoff berth.

— Mike Cammalleri supplied the game-winner and Joey MacDonald turned back 24 shots as Calgary nipped Florida 2-1.


Leafs lose goalie

TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs will spend three weeks without goaltender Jonathan Bernier (BURN'-yay) due to a knee injury suffered in the third period of last night's 4-3 overtime win against Boston. Bernier was making his fifth straight start since returning from a lower body injury that kept him out five games. The injury is a huge blow to the Maple Leafs' postseason chances as they try to catch Columbus for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth.


Round 2 in progress

HUMBLE, Texas (AP) — Sergio Garcia fired a 7-under-par 65 to take the lead at the midway point of the PGA's Houston Open. Garcia's 12-under overall score matches the 36-hole low at the 7,441-yard Golf Club of Houston. He's one shot ahead of Matt Kuchar.

Phil Mickelson is minus-6 following a 2-under 70, putting him six shots off the pace.


Tie for clubhouse lead

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — Lexi Thompson and Se Ri Pak (say ree pahk) are co-leaders through 36 holes of the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the first major of the LPGA season.

Thompson surged up the leaderboard with an 8-under-par 64 that puts her 7-under through 36 holes.

Michelle Wie (wee) is at minus-6.