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Posted on April 22, 2013 at 3:39 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 22 at 4:06 AM


Thunder blast Rockets 120-91 in Game 1

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 24 points, Russell Westbrook made a run at a triple-double in three quarters and the Oklahoma City Thunder routed ex-teammate James Harden and the Houston Rockets 120-91 on Sunday night in Game 1 of their playoff series.

After letting Houston wipe away an 11-point deficit in the first half, the Thunder regained control with a 14-1 surge just before halftime and kept pouring it on.

Just after a fan nailed a half-court shot to win $20,000 in the break after the third quarter, Durant drove for a two-handed slam while getting fouled and Oklahoma City was soon up by 30.

Harden, playing against the team that traded him away just before the season started, had 20 points but the league's second-highest scoring offense was held 15 points below its regular-season average while shooting 36 percent.

Game 2 is Wednesday night in Oklahoma City.


Ginobili, Parker lead Spurs past Lakers in Game 1

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker scored 18 points each and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Los Angeles Lakers 91-79 on Sunday in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round series.

Tim Duncan added 17 points and 10 rebounds, Matt Bonner had 10 points and Kawhi Leonard had eight points and 11 rebounds for San Antonio.

Dwight Howard had 20 points and 15 rebounds, Steve Nash scored 16 points and Pau Gasol added 16 points and 16 rebounds for Los Angeles.

Despite the double-doubles from Howard and Gasol, the Lakers failed to take full advantage of their inside presence, much to the consternation of the Kobe Bryant, who watched the national broadcast.

"Post. Post. Post," Bryant tweeted in reference to the Lakers' offense.


Carter puts LA Kings past Dallas 4-3 in overtime

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jeff Carter deflected the winning goal off his upper body with 51 seconds left in overtime, and the Los Angeles Kings took sole possession of fourth place in the Western Conference with a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Sunday night.

Captain Dustin Brown scored two goals for the defending Stanley Cup champions, and Mike Richards scored an early goal before putting the puck off Carter's chest for the overtime winner — Carter's 25th goal of a standout season.

The Kings (26-14-5) moved two points clear of San Jose for fourth place and home-ice advantage in the first round after the Sharks lost to Columbus.

Alex Goligoski scored early in the third period and Kari Lehtonen stopped 27 shots for the Stars, who have lost three of four.


Reynolds' homer gives Indians 5-4 win over Astros

HOUSTON (AP) — Mark Reynolds' seventh homer of the season put Cleveland on top in the seventh inning and the Indians held on for a 5-4 win over the Houston Astros on Sunday.

The home run by Reynolds, who also homered in Cleveland's 19-6 win Saturday, was one of four solo homers for the Indians, who took two of three in the series.

Carlos Santana, Drew Stubbs and Yan Gomes also added home runs for the Indians.

The game was tied at 4 in the seventh inning before the two-out full-count homer to left-center by Reynolds off Hector Ambriz (0-1). Fernando Martinez hit a two-run homer in the first inning for Houston in his 2013 debut.

Cody Allen (1-0) got the final out of the sixth and Chris Perez pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save in three chances.


Texas hits 4 homers in 11-3 win to sweep Seattle

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Nelson Cruz hit his fifth career grand slam, one of four home runs by the Texas Rangers in an 11-3 victory Sunday to complete a three-game series sweep over the Seattle Mariners.

The slam by Cruz capped a five-run fifth that chased Aaron Harang (0-2).

Leonys Martin, Mitch Moreland and Adrian Beltre also homered for the Rangers, whose 11 runs were a season high. Martin had a triple leading off the fifth before scoring on Ian Kinsler's bloop single to right.

Justin Grimm (1-0), in his fourth major league start, struck out nine and walked one over six innings.

Harang allowed eight runs over 4 2-3 innings, and now has a career ERA of 13.22 in four starts at Rangers Ballpark, where he hadn't pitched since 2003.


Rangers rookie RH Tepesch OK after liner on wrist

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Texas Rangers rookie right-hander Nick Tepesch says he feels pretty good a day after being hit by a line drive above the right wrist.

Tepesch said he was a little sore as expected, but had nothing on his wrist when talking in the clubhouse Sunday before the series finale against Seattle.

Manager Ron Washington anticipates Tepesch (1-1, 3.07 ERA) will make his next scheduled start Thursday night at Minnesota.

Tepesch left Saturday night's game in the second inning after being struck. The liner hit by Jesus Montero caromed off Tepesch's wrist into shallow right field.

After Tepesch threw a couple of warmup pitches, the Rangers opted to take him out of the game.


Rookie Marc Marquez gets 1st MotoGP victory

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Rookie Marc Marquez won a MotoGP race for the first time, capturing the Grand Prix of the Americans on Sunday to become the youngest winner at motorcycle racing's top level.

The 20-year-old Spaniard, last season's Moto2 champion, stood on the bike and waved to the crowd after the finish.

Marquez had qualified in pole position but lost the lead to Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa seconds into the race. They dueled for the top spot the rest of the way. Marquez overtook Pedrosa with nine laps to go and held on to win in 43 minutes, 42.123 seconds. Pedrosa finished second.

Marquez replaces American "Fast Freddie" Spencer as MotoGP's youngest winner. Spencer also was 20 when he won the Belgian Grand Prix in 1982.