Update on the latest in sports:
Warriors whip Spurs
UNDATED (AP) – The defending NBA champions have opened their playoff schedule with a decisive victory over the San Antonio Spurs.
Kevin Durant delivered 24 points, eight rebounds and seven assists as the Golden State Warriors pounded the Spurs, 113-92. Klay Thompson poured in a game-high 27 points on 11 of 13 shooting, while Draymond Green chipped in 12 points and eight boards.
The Warriors also received production from center JaVale McGee, who started the game and contributed 15 points, four boards and two blocks in 16 minutes.
Golden State won easily without two-time MVP Stephen (STEH’-fehn) Curry, who has been out since March 23 with a sprained left knee.
Rudy Gay paced the Spurs with just 15 points, while the Warriors held LaMarcus Aldridge to 14 on 5 of 12 from the field.
Game 2 is Monday at Oakland.
Checking out Saturday’s other NBA playoff action:
– The Raptors had dropped 10 straight series openers before Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH’-kah) provided team highs of 23 points and 12 boards in a 114-106 triumph over the Wizards. Delon Wright furnished 11 of his 18 points while Toronto outscored Washington by seven in the final period to secure the win. DeMar DeRozan finished with 17 points to help the Raptors overcome John Wall’s 23 points and 15 assists. Markieff Morris added 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Wizards, who stay in Toronto for Game 2 on Tuesday.
– The 76ers opened their first postseason in six years by cruising to their 17th consecutive victory. Ben Simmons accounted for 17 points, 14 assists and nine boards in Philadelphia’s 130-103 thrashing of the Heat. JJ Redick scored 28 points to lead the Sixers, while backups Marco Belinelli had 25 and Ersan Ilyasova added 17. The 76ers played without Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’), who is still recovering from a broken orbital bone around his left eye. Game 2 is Monday in Philadelphia.
– The Pelicans were the only road team to win yesterday as Anthony Davis scored 35 points on 14 of 26 shooting to lead a 97-95 win at Portland. Davis also chipped in 14 rebounds, four blocks and two steals, while teammate Jrue Holiday finished with 21 points. Trail Blazers leading scorers Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum were held to three points in the first half and managed just 37 points on 13 of 41 shooting. The series stays in Portland for Game 2 on Tuesday.
Preds, Bolts up 2-0
UNDATED (AP) – The No. 1 seeds have two-games-to-none leads in the Stanley Cup playoffs after winning Saturday afternoon.
Kevin Fiala (fee-AH’-lah) had a goal and an assist as the Predators topped the Avalanche, 5-4 at Nashville. Fiala tied the game 1-1 in the second period before Viktor Arvidsson and Ryan Johnson scored about four minutes apart to give the Predators a two-goal edge.
Austin Watson scored for the second straight game and Ryan Hartman provided the eventual game-winner, scoring into an empty net with 1:09 remaining.
Nathan MacKinnon furnished a goal and an assist for Colorado, which hosts Game 3 on Monday.
The Lightning also protected home ice as Alex Killorn scored twice during a four-goal second period that led Tampa Bay past the Devils, 5-3. Killorn, Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov (KOO’-cheh-rahv) each scored their second goal of the series during a 2:47 span of the second period. Killorn’s power-play tally made it 5-1 and chased New Jersey netminder Keith Kincaid from the nets with 6:48 left in the second.
Brayden Point also scored and Andrei Vasilevskiy (va-sih-LEHF’-skee) turned back 41 shots for the Lightning, who head to Newark for Game 3 on Monday.
Elsewhere in the Stanley Cup playoffs:
– David Pastrnak had the greatest performance of the playoffs so far as the Bruins’ right wing scored three goals and had three assists in a 7-3 blowout over the Maple Leafs. Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES’ BEHR’-zhuh-rahn) each set up for four goals for Boston, which scored on three of its first five shots to chase Frederik Andersen from the net. Tuukka (TOO’-kah) Rask stopped 30 shots to help the Bruins take a 2-0 series lead. Mitch Marner, Tyler Bozak and James Van Riemsdyk (REEMZ’-dyk) scored for the Maple Leafs, who host Game 3 after dropping the first two games by a combined 12-4 margin.
– The Sharks are heading home with a two-games-to-none leader after Logan Couture (koo-CHOOR’) scored a power-play goal and had an assist in a 3-2 verdict over the Ducks. Marcus Sorensen and Tomas Hertl also scored to support Martin Jones’ 28-save performance. Hampus Lindholm had a goal and an assist for the Ducks, who have one day to regroup before taking on the Sharks in San Jose.
Cubs erase 8-run deficit and beat Braves
UNDATED (AP) – The Chicago Cubs entered Saturday’s action ranked ninth in the National League with a .235 batting average and seventh with 58 runs scored, one reason for their 6-7 start. The lineup wasn’t looking too good as the Braves carried a 10-2 lead into the sixth inning on Saturday before numerous miscues allowed the Cubs to rally for a 14-10 stunner against Atlanta.
Javy Baez provided a game-tying, three-run double while the Cubs scored nine times on just three hits in the eighth inning. Four straight walks followed the Baez double, allowing Chicago to pull ahead to stay.
The Braves walked five batters, hit two others, made an error and threw a wild pitch during the nine-run outburst.
The rally came after Sean Newcomb limited Chicago to two earned runs and three hits while striking out seven over 5 1/3 innings.
Baez finished with four RBIs, while Ben Zobrist (ZOH’-brihst) had three hits and two ribbies for the Cubbies.
In other major league finals:
– The Mets’ nine-game winning streak is over after Jonathan Villar (vee-LAHR’), Jett Bandy and Orlando Arcia (ahr-SEE’-ah) homered in the Brewers’ 5-1 downing of New York. Chase Anderson was charged with a run and two hits over 6 1/3 innings as Milwaukee dropped the Mets to 11-2.
– The Pirates improved to 10-4 by beating the Marlins, 1-0 on Corey Dickerson’s bunt single in the ninth inning. Starling Marte and Dickerson sandwiched bunt-hits around Josh Bell’s infield single after Pittsburgh was held to a pair of Francisco Cervelli hits over the first eight innings.
– A.J. Pollock homered twice while Paul Goldschmidt and Alex Avila also went deep as the Diamondbacks crushed the Dodgers, 9-1 to improve to 11-3. Deven Marrero should have had a three-run homer, but Dodgers manager Dave Roberts argued that Marrero passed Avila on the base path before the mistake was confirmed upon replay.
– Max Scherzer struck out 11 and retired his final 20 batters before leaving after seven innings of the Nationals’ 6-2 win over the Rockies. Scherzer helped the Nats end a three-game skid and was perfect following Charlie Blackmon’s two-run homer in the first inning. Matt Wieters (WEE’-turz) homered and delivered an RBI single in Washington’s four-run sixth.
– The Reds are off to their worst 14-game start since 1935 as they fell to 2-12 with a 6-1 loss to the Cardinals. Greg Garcia homered twice and had three RBIs, and Miles Mikolas held Cincinnati to four hits over seven innings of the Redbirds’ third consecutive win.
– Hunter Renfroe launched a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh to complete his three-RBI night in the Padres’ 5-4 decision over the Giants. San Francisco wasted long home runs by newcomers Evan Longoria and Andrew McCutchen.
– Jake Arrieta (ar-ee-EH’-tah) earned his first win as a Phillie and rookies J.P. Crawford and Scott Kingery drove in two runs apiece in a 9-4 rout of the Rays. Arrieta was given a 6-0 lead in the second inning and allowed three runs over 6 2/3s innings to help Philadelphia win its fifth in a row.
– The Red Sox are an AL-leading 12-2 after Hanley Ramirez banged out a two-run homer and collected three RBIs in Boston’s 10-3 thrashing of the Orioles. Andrew Benintendi had a two-run single and an RBI double, and J.D. Martinez hit a solo homer to help the Bosox post their best 14-game start in franchise history.
– Mike Trout, Justin Upton and Luis Valbuena homered as the Angels won their seventh straight, 5-3 at snowy Kansas City. Winning pitcher Garrett Richards surrendered just one hit over five-plus innings to help Los Angeles earn its ninth consecutive road victory and improve to 13-3.
– The Rangers snapped a five-game skid as Ronald Guzman provided a game-tying, solo homer in the eighth inning before his infield single put Texas ahead in the 10th inning of a 6-5 win at Houston. Joey Gallo belted a two-run shot for the Rangers, who trailed 5-0 in the fourth inning.
– Jean Segura hit a three-run homer as part of the Mariners’ 17-hit attack in a 10-8 slugfest win over the Athletics. Mitch Haniger, Kyle Seager and Daniel Vogelbach all added solo shots for Seattle, which owns a four-game winning streak and has scored at least five runs in seven of its first 12 games.
– The Yankees and Tigers were rained out in Detroit, as were the Indians and Blue Jays in Cleveland. The White Sox and Twins were postponed by a snowstorm in Minnesota.
Schoop goes on 10-day DL; Cobb makes debut
UNDATED (AP) – The Orioles have placed second baseman Jonathan Schoop (skohp) on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right side.
Manager Buck Showalter says Schoop injured his oblique in his last at-bat of Friday’s loss.
Baltimore also activated Alex Cobb in time to make Saturday’s start against the Red Sox. Cobb was roughed up in his Orioles debut, surrendering seven earned runs and 10 hits with no strikeouts over 3 2/3 innings to take the loss.
Cobb, signed to a $57-million, four-year contract as a free agent on March 21 following 11 seasons in the Rays organization.
Elsewhere in the majors:
– Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts left Saturday’s game against Baltimore with a bruised left foot a couple of innings after he collided with Orioles catcher Chance Sisco on a close play. The team announced that X-rays were negative and he’s day to day.
– Slugger Nelson Cruz has been activated from the 10-day disabled list by the Mariners after being out since the opening weekend of the season due to an ankle injury.
– The Athletics have placed right-handed reliever Liam Hendriks on the 10-day disabled list due to a right groin strain and called up Ryan Dull to fill the bullpen vacancy.
Michigan’s Wagner entering NBA draft
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – Moe Wagner (VAHG’-nur) has decided to sign with an agent and enter the NBA draft.
Wagner helped the Wolverines reach the NCAA finals earlier this month, earning a spot on the Final Four All-Tournament team. The 6-foot-11, 245-pound German forward entered his name in the draft last year and later withdrew it to stay in school for his junior season.
Poulter leads through 3 rounds
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) – Ian Poulter will carry a one-stroke lead into the final round of the RBC Heritage as the 42-year-old Englishman seeks his second win in three weeks since a victory drought of more than five years.
Poulter shot a 4-under 67 on Saturday, putting him just ahead of Luke List and Si Woo Kim. Poulter is 13 under following his seventh sub-70 score in his last 11 rounds.
Billy Horschel and C.T. Pan are two shots back and one ahead of Kevin Kisner and Chessen Hadley.
World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is 10 shots back following a 1-over 72.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS-MITSUBISHI CLASSIC
Flesch outlasts Parel in playoff
DULUTH, Ga. (AP) – Steve Flesch needed 38 holes Saturday to win the Mitsubishi Electric Classic for his first PGA Tour Champions victory.
The 50-year-old Flesch won with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff with Scott Parel.
The event was completed a day early because of forecast rain and lightning.
Bernhard Langer was part of the playoff before dropping out on the first extra hole.
Henderson wins in Hawaii
KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) – Brooke Henderson captured her sixth LPGA Tour victory by pulling away at gusty Ko Olina Golf Club to take the Lotte Championship.
The 20-year-old Canadian closed with a 3-under 69 for a four-stroke victory over Spain’s Azahara Munoz. Henderson moved within two victories tying Sandra Post’s LPGA Tour record for Canadians.