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May 20, 2017

BOSTON (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers set an NBA record by building a 41-point halftime lead in a 130-86 assault on the Celtics in Boston. LeBron James scored 22 of his 30 points before the Cavs took a 72-31 advantage into intermission. The Cavaliers have won 13 straight playoff games since last year’s finals and lead the Eastern Conference finals two games to none.

OTTAWA (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins have evened the NHL’s Eastern Conference finals at two games apiece by taking a 3-0 lead before holding off the Senators, 3-2 in Ottawa. Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist to support Matt Murray, who stopped 24 shots in his first start of the playoffs. Olli Maata (OH’-lee MAH’-tah) and Brian Doumoulin (DOO’-muh-lihn) also scored for the Penguins.

DETROIT (AP) — Homers by Mike Napoli and Joey Gallo powered the Texas Rangers to their 10th straight win, 5-3 over the Tigers in Detroit. Nick Martinez had gone 11 consecutive starts without a victory before limiting the Tigers to an unearned run and four hits over five innings. Matt Bush fanned Alex Avila with runners at the corners to end it for the Rangers, whose winning streak follows a 13-20 start.

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Jason Kokrak fired a bogey-free 8-under 62 for a record five-stroke lead through two rounds of the AT&T Byron Nelson. He matched the Nelson’s 36-hole record at 12 under with his career-best scoring round. Jordan Spieth (speeth) missed the cut for the first time at the tournament where he made his debut as a 16-year-old high school junior.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — NASCAR driver Aric Almirola could be out up to 12 weeks after fracturing a vertebra in a crash at Kansas Speedway last Saturday. Richard Petty Motorsports has selected Regan Smith to replace Almirola in the No. 43 Ford at Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend. Petty Motorsports CEO Brian Moffitt said the team is still working through the long-term driver replacement process.

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