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Warriors rally past Blazers...No Durant in Portland...B’s sweep Canes...Koepka leads with 63

May 17, 2019

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ The Golden State Warriors have taken a two-games-to-none lead in the NBA’s Western Conference finals by turning a 15-point, halftime deficit into a 114-111 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. Klay Thompson provided 13 of his 24 points while Golden State outscored Portland, 39-24 in the third quarter. Stephen Curry reached the 30-point plateau for the fourth straight game, finishing with 37 to go with eight rebounds and eight assists.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant sat out Game 2 on Thursday and will miss Games 3 and 4 of the Western Conference finals in Portland as he continues to recover from a strained right calf. Durant was re-evaluated Thursday before Game 2 and will be re-examined in another week. He hasn’t played since injuring the calf during the third quarter of Game 5 of the conference semifinals against the Rockets last Wednesday.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ The Boston Bruins are going to the Stanley Cup final for the third time in nine seasons after completing a four-game sweep of the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-0. Tuukka (TOO’-kah) Rask allowed just five goals in the series and picked up his seventh career postseason shutout by making 24 saves. Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES’ BEHR’-zhuh-rahn) scored twice, David Pastrnak had a goal and two assists and Brad Marchand added an empty-netter.

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) _ Defending champion Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) has a one-stroke lead over Danny Lee through one round of the PGA Championship. Koepka delivered a 7-under 63, breaking the course record at Bethpage Black and becoming the first player to post 63 at a major in consecutive years. Lee birdied his last two holes for a 64. He made eight birdies in his round despite failing to get any on the par 5s. Tiger Woods is nine strokes back.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Christian Yelich (YEH’-lich) slammed his major league-leading 17th and 18th homers while going 3-for-5 with three runs scored in the Milwaukee Brewers’ 11-3 romp over the Phillies in Philadelphia. Yasmani Grandal (yahs-MAH’-nee grahn-DAHL’) and Mike Moustakas (moos-TAH’-kahs) also went deep as the Brewers won their third in a row after losing the series opener against the NL East-leading Phillies. Zach Davies is 5-0 after holding the Phils to one earned run and four hits over six innings.