Bucks advance...Warriors win...Pavelski helps Sharks close out Avs...Russell returns
MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) delivered 20 points, eight rebounds and eight assists as the Milwaukee Bucks rolled to a 116-91 victory over the Boston Celtics to advance to the NBA’s Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2001. Antetokounmpo closed out the third quarter with consecutive baskets, including a finger-roll layup that gave the Bucks an 80-62 lead. Khris Middleton was among seven Bucks to score in double-figures, finishing with 19 while grabbing eight boards.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Klay Thompson capped his 27-point performance by hitting a game-clinching layup with 4.1 seconds left as the Golden State Warriors beat Houston, 105-99 to take a 3-2 lead in the NBA’s Western Conference semifinals. The Warriors finished the game without Kevin Durant who had 22 points before straining his right calf late in the third quarter. James Harden scored 31 points for the Rockets, who will try to stave off elimination back home in Houston on Friday night.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ Captain Joe Pavelski returned from a gruesome head injury to deliver a goal and an assist as the San Jose Sharks ousted the Colorado Avalanche, 3-2 in Game 7 of the NHL second-round series. Pavelski hadn’t played since being leveled to the ice after taking a faceoff in Game 7 of the first-round series against Vegas. He opened the scoring and assisted on Tomas Hertl’s goal as the Sharks advanced to their fourth Western Conference final this decade.
CHICAGO (AP) _ Addison Russell made his season debut and went 0-for-3 with a walk in the Chicago Cubs’ 3-2, 11-inning victory over the Miami Marlins. The infielder was playing his first game since serving a 40-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. Jason Heyward won the game with a walk-off homer leading off the bottom of the 11th.
MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Milwaukee is the hottest team in the majors after Christian Yelich (YEH’-lihch) bashed his major league-leading 16th home run in the Brewers’ sixth consecutive win, 7-3 over the Nationals. Mike Moustakas (moos-TAH’-kahs) hit a two-run homer in the second inning to put the Brewers ahead 6-0, three innings before Manny Pina’s blast made it 7-0. Brandon Woodruff struck out nine while limiting the Nationals to one run and four hits over six innings.