Knicks thump Bucks
UNDATED (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder own a share of the NBA's Western Conference lead after scorching the Indiana Pacers on Friday.
Kevin Durant overcame a bruised left calf to score 34 points in the Thunder's third straight win, a 97-75 stifling of the Pacers. Russell Westbrook added 24 points and helped the Thunder prevent Indiana from clinching the Central Division title.
In other NBA action, Stephen (STEH'-fehn) Curry had 18 points and matched his career high with 15 assists as Golden State squeezed by Phoenix 111-107. Klay Thompson scored 15 of his 25 points in the third quarter, when the Warriors stormed back from an 18-point first-half deficit.
Mike Miller nailed seven three-pointers and scored a season-high 26 points in Miami's 89-79 triumph at Charlotte. Chris Bosh chipped in with 18 points and eight rebounds as the Heat improved to 3-2 since their 27-game winning streak.
Carmelo Anthony poured in 41 points and J.R. Smith added 30 as the New York Knicks hammered Milwaukee 101-83 for their 11th straight win. Anthony tied a franchise record with his third straight 40-point game and helped New York outscore the Bucks 42-21 in the third quarter to take an 11-point lead.
Nate Robinson and Luol Deng (LOO'-ul dehng) each scored 19 points as Chicago rallied to beat Orlando 87-86. Deng drained six three-pointers while Robinson scored nine points in a 15-4 run that allowed the Bulls to turn a five-point deficit into an 87-78 lead.
Evan Turner's 24 points and 11 rebounds carried Philadelphia past Atlanta 101-90. Spencer Hawes added 19 points and 12 rebounds for the 76ers, who made 16 of 22 shots in the first quarter to build a 40-26 lead.
Cleveland's 10-game losing streak is over after Tristan Thompson had career highs of 29 points and 17 rebounds in a 97-91 triumph at Boston. Alonzo Gee also had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds as the Cavaliers dealt the Celtics their eighth loss in 11 games.
Kobe Bryant had 24 points and nine assists as the Los Angeles Lakers beat Memphis 86-84. Pau Gasol (pow gah-SAHL') added 19 points for the Lakers, who remain a half-game ahead of Utah for the NBA's final Western Conference playoff berth.
Paul Millsap delivered 20 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists as the Jazz beat New Orleans 95-83. Gordon Hayward had a team-high 23 points to help the Jazz keep pace with the Lakers.
James Harden had 33 points, seven rebounds and six assists in Houston's 116-98 rout of Portland. Jeremy Lin finished with 22 points for the Rockets, who have won four straight and remain three games ahead of the eighth-place Lakers in the West.
Shawn Marion's 25 points and 12 rebounds carried Dallas past Sacramento 117-108.
Rudy Gay dropped in 26 points and DeMar DeRozan added 25 in Toronto's 95-93 win at Minnesota.
Nuggets lose Gallinari
DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets will be without versatile forward Danilo Gallinari for the rest of the season after he torn the ACL in his left knee against Dallas Thursday night.
The 24-year-old Gallinari averaged 16.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 71 games this season for Denver, which has clinched a playoff berth.
Pens win shootout and end skid
UNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins have ended their two-game losing streak while padding their lead in the NHL's Eastern Conference.
Newly-acquired Jussi Jokinen (YOO'-see JOH'-kih-nehn) scored once in regulation before providing the lone shootout tally to give the Pens a 2-1 triumph over the New York Rangers. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 34 shots before stoning Rick Nash, Mats Zuccarello and Ryan Callahan in the shootout, one game after the Rangers torched him for six goals.
The outcome gives the Penguins a five-point edge over Montreal and puts the Rangers one point ahead of New Jersey in the battle for the last Eastern Conference playoff berth.
Anaheim failed to cut into Chicago's lead in the West. Vernon Fiddler set up goals by Eric Nystrom and Alex Chiasson (CHAY'-sahn) as Dallas downed the Ducks 3-1. Kari Lehtonen (LEH'-toh-nehn) stopped 27 shots and was perfect after Andrew Cogliano scored midway through the first period.
The Ducks remain three points behind the Blackhawks.
Elsewhere on NHL ice, Jake Allen turned back 26 shots and Chris Stewart scored his team-high 16th goal as St. Louis won its third in a row, 3-1 against Columbus. David Backes (BAK'-ehs) scored for the second straight game since going 15 straight without a goal.
San Jose won its seventh straight as Joe Pavelski scored with 2:06 left to give the Sharks a 2-1 triumph over Calgary. Dan Boyle scored the tying goal early in the third period and Antti Niemi made 23 saves for the Sharks.
Pavel Datsyuk notched his second goal of the night at 4:44 of overtime to lift Detroit past Colorado 3-2. Jimmy Howard had 32 saves and Gustav Nyquist had a goal for the Red Wings.
Brian Flynn and Jochen Hecht (YOH'-kehn hehsht) scored 12 seconds apart in the third period to push Buffalo past Ottawa 4-2. Ryan Miller made 35 saves against the Senators, who have lost three straight in regulation for the first time all season.
Reds crush Nats...A Princely day in Motown
UNDATED (AP) — The Washington Nationals have suffered their first loss in the young major league season, and they did so in record fashion.
Todd Frazier and Zack Cozart each hit two of Cincinnati's six homers in a 15-0 laugher against the Nats, who had been the last team without a loss so far. Much of the power came off Dan Haren, who was touched for four homers and six runs in four innings.
Xavier Paul added a pinch-hit grand slam during a seven-run seventh that allowed the Reds to hand the Nationals their most lopsided loss since coming to Washington in 2005.
Homer Bailey held the Nationals to two hits in six innings.
In other day baseball:
— Prince Fielder was the star as the Detroit Tigers opened their home schedule with an 8-3 trouncing of the New York Yankees. Fielder put the Tigers ahead to stay with a three-run homer in the fifth inning and added a two-run blast in the seventh.
— Chris Davis capped his five-RBI afternoon by launching a tiebreaking grand slam in the eighth inning of Baltimore's 9-5 win over Minnesota. Davis already has 16 RBIs this season and joins Willie Mays, Mark McGwire and Nelson Cruz as the only players to homer in his first four games of the season.
— Mike Napoli hit a two-run homer and drove in the go-ahead run as Boston downed Toronto 6-4. Andrew Bailey had runners on second and third with one out in the ninth before helping manager John Farrell pick up a victory in his return to Toronto.
— Ian Kinsler hit a go-ahead single with two outs in the eighth inning and the Texas Rangers gave their fans plenty of reasons to cheer in the home opener, beating Josh Hamilton and the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 this afternoon. Hamilton, a five-time All-Star and the 2010 AL MVP who left Texas in the offseason to sign with the Angels, went 0-for-4 and was booed when he was introduced in Texas.
— Kendrys Morales had two hits and two RBIs, including the go-ahead double in the 10th inning of Seattle's 8-7 win at the Chicago White Sox. Franklin Gutierrez went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and three runs scored for the Mariners, who blew a 6-1 lead before winning.
— Matt Moore allowed two hits and struck out eight over six innings as Tampa Bay beat Cleveland 4-0. Ben Zobrist leads the Rays with seven RBIs after driving in three more to support Moore.
— Coco Crisp hit a leadoff homer and added a pair of doubles during a seven-run fifth that powered Oakland past Houston 8-3. Dan Straily allowed five hits and struck a career-high 11 in 6 2-3 solid innings for the win.
— Justin Upton homered for the third time in four games and Juan Francisco added a two-run single in Atlanta's 4-1 verdict over the Chicago Cubs. Mike Minor limited the Cubbies to a run and five hits in 7 1/3 innings.
— Zack Greinke (GREHN'-kee) was outstanding in his Dodgers debut, yielding just two hits over 6 1/3 innings of a 3-0 shutout of Pittsburgh. The scoring came on Andre Ethier's (EE'-thee-urz) solo homer and RBI doubles from Matt Kemp and Adrian Gonzalez.
— Jeff Francis allowed a run and five hits in six innings as Colorado knocked off San Diego 5-2. Dexter Fowler and Wilin Rosario hit solo homers, and Troy Tulowitzki (too-loh-WITS'-kee) went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
— Arizona scored two runs on a wild pitch in the seventh inning to beat the Brewers 3-1 in Milwaukee. Kyle Lohse (lohsh) allowed a run and five hits in six innings of his Brewers debut, but Diamondbacks starter Wade Miley also gave up one run and five hits through six frames.
— Alex Gordon and Chris Getz hit three-run triples as Kansas City rocked Philadelphia 13-4 in the Phillies' home opener. Eric Hosmer had four of the Royals' 19 hits and drove in three runs.
— Florida has its first win of the season after Alex Sanabia (sah-NAH'-bee-uh) scattered six hits and three walks in six shutout innings of a 7-5 win over the New York Mets. Placido Polanco had three hits and two RBIs for the Marlins, who used a five-run seventh to take a 6-0 lead.
Roberts heads to DL...Facelift for Wrigley
UNDATED (AP) — The New York Yankees could be without their No. 2 shortstop for their next game in Detroit.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi says he doesn't expect Eduardo Nunez to play Saturday after being hit on the right arm by a pitch on Friday.
The Bombers already are without All-Star Derek Jeter, who may not return until next month after breaking an ankle in the ALCS against the Tigers.
In other baseball news:
— Baltimore second baseman Brian Roberts has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring suffered in Thursday's win at Tampa Bay. Roberts played in only 115 games over the last three seasons because of injuries.
— The Tampa Bay Rays have put right-hander Jeff Niemann on the 15-day disabled list because of soreness in his pitching shoulder.
— Two people with knowledge of the negotiations between the city and Ricketts family that owns the Cubs say the two are near an agreement on a $500 million project at Wrigley Field. The deal calls for $300 million in renovations at Wrigley and a $200 million hotel nearby.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL-OHIO STATE
Buckeyes lose key player
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Forward Deshaun Thomas will forego his final season of eligibility at Ohio State and enter the NBA draft. Thomas finishes his Buckeyes career ninth on the school's all-time scoring list. He averaged 19.8 points and 5.9 rebounds this season as the Buckeyes landed in the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament.
Athletic director departs/lawsuit
UNDATED (AP) — Tim Pernetti has resigned as Rutgers athletic director, two days after the basketball coach he hired was dismissed for abusive behavior during practices. In a letter of resignation sent to the university president, Pernetti said he hoped that his tenure at Rutgers "will not be judged by this one incident."
Eric Murdock has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the university, claiming the school violated the state's employee protection act and his contract. Murdock is a former Rutgers University employee who made public the video that led to the the firing of coach Mike Rice and Pernetti's resignation.
New deal for Davis
UNDATED (AP) — Right tackle Anthony Davis has signed a five-year contract extension with the San Francisco 49ers. The deal is worth more than $37 million, with $17 million guaranteed. The 23-year-old has started 16 games in each of his first three years and was the 11th overall pick in the 2010 draft out of Rutgers.
And the Detroit Lions have added kicker David Akers just a day after Jason Hanson retired.
Johnson on Martinsville pole
MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Jimmie Johnson earned the pole for Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Martinsville, Va. Marcos Ambrose earned the second spot with Brian Vickers third.
Horschel leads through 36
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Billy Horschel is the leader at the midway point of the Texas Open.
Horschel carded a 4-under 68 for an 8-under total, two shots ahead of Charley Hoffman, Daniel Summerhays and Steven Bowditch.
Rory McIlroy is in the mix at 5-under in the final tuneup before the Masters.
LPGA-KRAFT NABISCO CHAMPIONSHIP
Second round complete in LPGA major
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) —Inbee Park is the leader through two rounds of the LPGA's Kraft Nabisco Championship. Park is 7-under after carding the day's best round, a 5-under-par 67 that puts her one ahead of Lizette Salas.
U.S. splits first two with Serbia
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. and Serbia have split their first two matches in the Davis Cup quarterfinals.
Sam Querrey tied it for the Americans with a 7-6, 3-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 triumph over Viktor Troicki after world No. 1 Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak YOH'-koh-vihch) defeated American John Isner (IHZ'-nur) 7-6 (5) 6-2, 7-5.