Warriors, Nuggets win...Rockets rout Knicks...Celtics whip Pacers...Jackets clinch playoff berth
UNDATED (AP) — The Golden State Warriors got past the Cleveland Cavaliers, 120-114 as Stephen Curry scored 40 points to move into third place on Golden State’s career list. Draymond Green had 20 points and eight rebounds, while Kevin Durant added 15 points and eight assists as the Warriors stayed two games ahead of Denver for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. The Nuggets clinched the Northwest Division title as Nikola Jokic (nee-KOH’-lah YOUH’-kihch) contributed 22 points, 13 boards and eight assists in a 119-110 victory against Portland.
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden had 26 points, eight assists and eight rebounds in just 29 minutes to lead the Houston Rockets to a 120-96 romp over the New York Knicks. Chris Paul and Clint Capela both had double-doubles for Houston, with Paul getting 11 points and 10 assists and Capela adding 12 points and 15 rebounds. The win ensures the Rockets will open the NBA playoffs at home.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jason Tatum scored 22 points and former Gordon Hayward added 21 to guide the Boston Celtics to a crucial 117-97 victory over the Pacers. The Celtics own a one-game lead and the tiebreaker over Indiana for fourth seed in the East and home-court advantage in the first playoff round. Myles Turner led the Pacers with 15 points and seven rebounds, while Domantas Sabonis and Tyreke Evans each scored 12.
NEW YORK (AP) — Artemi Panarin (ahr-THE’-mee pah-NAH’-rihn) scored once late in the third period before providing the lone shootout tally to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers and a berth in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Panarin put the Jackets ahead 2-1 with 5:33 remaining in the third, but the Rangers extended the game on a goal by Pavel Buchnevich (booch-NAY’-vihch) with under seven seconds left in regulation. Ryan Dzingel (duh-ZIHN’-gul) also scored in the third period against Alexander Georgiev (ghee-OHR’-zhee-ehv), who turned back 39 shots.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Notre Dame will take on Baylor in the NCAA women’s basketball title game. Arike Ogunbowale (ah-REE’-kay oh-goon bah-WAH’-lee) scored 23 points and led Notre Dame’s rally from a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat UConn, 81-76. Kalani Brown scored 22 points and Lauren Cox added 21 as Baylor held off Final Four newcomer Oregon, 72-67.