Raptors hold off Bucks...Pelicans pick a GM...Back-to-back for Koepka...Blues blank Sharks
TORONTO (AP) _ Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard scored eight of his game-high 36 points in double-overtime to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 118-112 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. Pascal Siakam (see-A’-kam) delivered 25 points and 11 rebounds as Toronto pulled within two games to one in the NBA’s Eastern Conference finals. Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) had 12 points and 23 rebounds for the Bucks, but he shot just 5-for-16 before fouling out 36 seconds into the second OT.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ A person familiar with the situation says the New Orleans Pelicans have hired Nets assistant general manager Trajan (TRAY’-jahn) Langdon to serve as GM under new executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin. The former Duke and NBA player also competed professionally in Europe. The 43-year-old has served as Nets assistant GM since 2016 and has helped rebuild Brooklyn into a squad that qualified for the Eastern Conference playoffs as a sixth seed this season after finishing last in the East two seasons earlier.
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) _ Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) has won the PGA Championship for the second straight year by carrying a hefty seven-stroke advantage into the final round before completing a two-shot victory over Dustin Johnson. Koepka closed with a 4-over 74 that included four straight bogeys on the back nine. Johnson birdied No. 15 to get within one stroke of the lead, but he followed that with back-to-back bogeys to fall back.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ Jaden Schwartz registered a hat trick and Vladimir Tarasenko scored on a penalty shot as the St. Louis Blues blanked the Sharks, 5-0 at San Jose to take a 3-2 lead in the NHL’s Western Conference final. St. Louis held a 1-0 lead before Schwartz and Tarasenko scored during the first seven minutes of the second period. The Blues dominated the middle period by outshooting San Jose, 20-6. Schwartz also tallied twice in the third period to become the first player since Detroit’s Johan Franzen in 2008 to register two hat tricks in the same postseason.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Simon Pagenaud (PA’-zheh-noh) has won the pole for the Indianapolis 500. Pagenaud averaged 229.992 mph in four laps of qualifying to lock down the top spot for the May 26 race. The qualifying performance comes after he finally snapped a long losing streak with a victory on the road course around Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Ed Carpenter and Spencer Pigot qualified second and third for a Chevrolet sweep of the front row.