Warriors wrap up top seed...Rockets pour 3s on Suns...Magic, Nets clinch...Yanks blast Birds
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 27 points and the Golden State Warriors wrapped up the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs by winning their fifth in a row, blasting the Los Angeles Clippers, 131-104. Kevin Durant added 16 points and seven assists in the final NBA regular-season game at Oracle Arena. Draymond Green just missed a triple-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for the two-time defending champions.
HOUSTON (AP) — Five days after hitting 26 from downtown, the Houston Rockets drained 27 3s in a 149-113 blowout win over the Phoenix Suns. Eric Gordon led the 3-point brigade by tying a career high with eight. James Harden added five treys and scored 30 points in just three quarters. Austin Rivers broke the record with 69 seconds remaining before the Rockets improved to 53-28, good for a 1 ½-game lead over Portland in the West.
UNDATED (AP) — The Orlando Magic and Brooklyn Nets have wrapped up playoff berths in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. Terrence Ross had 26 points and Nikola Vucevic (nee-KOH’-lah VO’-cheh-vihch) added 25 with 12 rebounds in the Magic’s 116-108 win over the Celtics. D’Angelo Russell scored 20 points and Joe Harris added 19 in leading Brooklyn to a 108-96 victory over the Pacers.
BALTIMORE (AP) — The New York Yankees banged out seven home runs and completed a three-game sweep with a 15-3 thrashing of the Orioles in Baltimore. The seven home runs are the most by the Yanks in a road game since May 30, 1961 at Fenway Park. Gary Sánchez went deep three times for the Bombers, who scored their first 18 runs of the series via the long ball. Clint Frazier homered twice for the Yankees, who also received round-trippers from Austin Romine and Gleyber (GLAY-bur) Torres.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers won for the seventh time in eight games as Christian Yelich (YEH’-lihch) homered and drove in three to lead a 4-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs. Zach Davies (1-0) pitched effectively into the sixth and Josh Hader picked up an eight-out save to help Milwaukee win a series for the 15th time in 16 tries. Hader struck out three over 2 2/3 perfect innings, throwing 36 pitches for his fifth save.