Blazers oust Rockets...Mavs, Nets stay alive
UNDATED (AP) — It seems only fitting for the Portland Trail Blazers to hit a last-second shot to advance to the NBA's Western Conference semifinals.
Damian Lillard took an inbounds pass with 0.9 seconds left and drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Portland a 99-98 win over Houston. The game-winning bucket came less than a second after Chandler Parsons hit a reverse layup off a missed shot to put the Rockets ahead.
Lillard finished with 25 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added team highs of 30 points and 13 rebounds for the Blazers.
Portland earned its four victories by a combined 13 points, including a pair of overtime games.
There will be plenty of NBA basketball on Sunday after the Dallas Mavericks and Brooklyn Nets forced Game 7s in their first-round series.
Monta (MAHN'-tay) Ellis scored 12 of his 29 points during a fourth-quarter comeback that lifted the Mavs over San Antonio 113-111. Dirk Nowitzki added 22 points for the Mavericks, who shot 52 percent and handed the Spurs their first road defeat when leading after three quarters all season.
The Spurs held a five-point lead before surrendering 37 points in the final period.
Tony Parker scored 22 to lead the top-seeded Spurs.
Deron Williams scored 23 points and the Nets staved off elimination by beating the Raptors 97-83. He dominated his matchup with Kyle Lowry and helped the Nets put it away with a 3-pointer with 1:13 left that made it 92-79.
Lowry scored just 11 points on 4 of 16 shooting.
Joe Johnson finished with 17 points and Kevin Garnett added 13 for the Nets.
DeMar DeRozan had a game-high 28 points for the Raptors.
Grizzlies lose Randolph for Game 7
UNDATED (AP) — If the Memphis Grizzlies are to advance to the NBA's Western Conference semifinals, they will do so without their leading scorer.
Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph has been suspended for Game 7 of their conference quarterfinal series against the Thunder in Oklahoma City. He was punished for punching Steven Adams in the jaw late in Game 6. Randolph had been averaging 18.2 points a game in the series.
The Grizzlies also could be without guard Mike Conley, who strained his right hamstring during Game 6 and is struggling to recover.
Also in the NBA:
— Bulls center Joakim (JOH'-keem) Noah is recovering after undergoing arthroscopic left knee surgery. The team says Noah will rehab his knee for eight to 12 weeks.
— The Orlando Magic have exercised team options and extended the contracts of general manager Rob Hennigan and coach Jacque Vaughn. Both contracts will now run through the 2015-16 season.
— Nets coach Jason Kidd has been fined $25,000 for public criticism of the referees. Kidd made his comments during a conference call with the media on Thursday, a day after the Nets' 115-113 loss in Game 5.
Rangers strike first
UNDATED (AP) — The New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks were winners in the opener of their respective NHL conference semifinal series.
Derick Brassard scored 3:06 into overtime and the Rangers opened the series with a 3-2 triumph over the Penguins in Pittsburgh. Dan Girardi assisted on first-period goals by Benoit Pouliot (POO'-lee-aht) and Brad Richards, and the Rangers maintained a 2-0 lead until Lee Stempniak and James Neal beat Henrik Lundqvist in the third period.
Lundqvist stopped 34 shots for the Rangers, two days after helping the Blueshirts beat the Flyers 2-1 in Game 7.
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was held scoreless while recording a -3. The NHL scoring leader during the regular season has no goals and six assists in seven playoff games.
Like the Rangers, the Blackhawks blew a 2-0 lead in the third period before Patrick Kane scored back-to-back goals in a 5-2 win over Minnesota. Bryan Bickell and Marian Hossa (HOH'-sah) scored power-play goals to put the Hawks ahead by two, but the Wild stormed back on goals by Clayton Stoner and Kyle Brodziak (BRAHD'-zihk) 4:37 apart early in the final period.
Bryan Bickell (BIK'-ul) scored twice and Corey Crawford stopped 30 shots for Chicago.
Game 2 of both series is Sunday.
Bruins react to comments from fans
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins are condemning racist slurs about Montreal's P.K. Subban (soo-BAN') that hit social media. The tweets came after the Canadiens defenseman scored the winning goal in the second overtime of their playoff game Thursday night. Subban, who is black, scored twice in the opener of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals.
Bruins President Cam Neely called the tweets "racist" and "classless." Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says they are a disgrace and not reflective of the city or Bruins fans.
Brewers win again
UNDATED (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers are a major league-best 21-9 after riding Wily Peralta's WIH'-lee peh-RAHL'-tahz) bat and arm to victory in Cincinnati.
Peralta never had a career RBI until he stroked a two-run double to break a scoreless tie in the fifth inning of the Brewers' 2-0 shutout of the Reds. He also limited the Reds to three hits and two walks in eight innings to improve to 4-1.
Francisco Rodriguez picked up his 14th save to help the Brewers improve to 12-3 on the road.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— Adam Wainwright had a 25-inning scoreless streak until Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run single in the first and added a solo homer to help the Cubs top St. Louis 6-5. Welington Castillo had three doubles for Chicago, which sent the skidding Cardinals to their 10th loss in 16 games.
— Jarrod Saltalamacchia (sahl-tah-lah-MAH'-kee-ah) was 2-for-3 with a solo homer and two runs scored in Miami's 6-3 win over the Dodgers. Tom Koehler is 3-2 with a 2.41 ERA after scattering three hits in seven shutout innings.
— Ian Desmond's RBI double capped a three-run eighth that pushed Washington past Philadelphia 5-3. Tyler Moore hit a solo homer and the Nationals blanked the Phillies after Marlon Byrd's three-run blast in the bottom of the first.
— San Francisco spoiled Mike Minor's season debut as Michael Morse and Angel Pagan homered in a 2-1 triumph in Atlanta. Tim Lincecum allowed one run over six innings of the Giants' seventh victory in eight games.
— Charlie Blackmon was 3-for-5 with a solo homer, two RBIs and three runs scored as Colorado crushed the New York Mets for the second straight night, this time 10-3. Troy Tulowitzki (too-loh-WITS'-kee) finished with three hits and three RBIs, while Justin Morneau and Wilin Rosario drove in two runs apiece.
— Bronson Arroyo lowered his ERA to 6.03 by allowing just three hits in seven innings of Arizona's 2-0 shutout of San Diego. Both runs came on Aaron Hill's third-inning single.
— Pedro Alvarez and Starling Marte (mahr-TAY') homered in the bottom of the ninth as Pittsburgh turned a 5-3 deficit into a 6-5 win against Toronto. Andrew McCutchen had three hits for the Pirates, who outhit the Blue Jays 17-10 and won for just the third time in 13 games.
— Tampa Bay blew a one-run lead in the ninth before erupting for five runs in the 14th inning to beat the Yankees 10-5 in New York. Wil Myers had three htis and two RBIs, including the go-ahead single in the 14th.
— Sixth-inning homers by Shin-Soo Choo and Alex Rios gave Texas a 3-2 lead in a 5-2 win at the Los Angeles Angels. Choo had three this and two RBIs to support Colby Lewis, who struck out six over 5 2/3 innings.
— Rookie George Springer was 0-for-5 with four strikeouts before he singled home the winning run in the 11th inning to give Houston a 5-4 victory over Seattle. Marc Krauss had two hits and drove in two runs for Houston.
— Victor Martinez, J.D. Martinez and Alex Avila drove in two runs apiece as the Tigers won their fourth straight against the Royals, 8-2. Rick Porcello is 4-1 after limiting the Royals to four hits and two runs in seven innings.
— Dustin Pedroia (peh-DROY'-uh) had been stuck on 99 career home runs all season until he hit a grand slam in Boston's 7-1 verdict over Oakland. Clay Buchholz pitched 6 1-3 innings for his first home win of the year, allowing one run on three hits and striking out five.
— Ubaldo Jimenez (oo-BAHL'-doh hih-MEHN'-ehz) has his first win as an Oriole after striking out a season-high 10 over seven-plus innings of a 3-0 shutout at Minnesota. Nelson Cruz hit a two-run home run to back Jimenez, who was 0-4 before holding the Twins to three hits.
— Cleveland's six-game losing streak is over after Michael Brantley supplied a solo homer and a two-run single in the Indians' 12-5 rout of the Chciago White Sox. Carlos Santana hit a solo homer in the second, one inning after providing an RBI single in a five-run first.
Braves give Johnson new deal
UNDATED (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have agreed to a three-year, $23.5 million contract extension with third baseman Chris Johnson. The deal runs through the 2017 season and includes an option for 2018. The 29-year-old was one of the Braves' biggest surprises last season as he ranked second in the National League with a .321 average. He had 12 homers and 68 RBIs.
In other moves:
— The Indians have placed All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis on the 15-day disabled list with a strained side muscle. He injured his oblique during an at-bat in the fourth inning of Tuesday night's loss to the Angels.
— Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his throwing shoulder, retroactive to Monday.
— The Royals placed left-hander Bruce Chen on the disabled list with a bulging disk in his back. The move was made after he got no relief from the pain following an epidural.
— The Brewers have put right-handed reliever Jim Henderson on the 15-day disabled list with a sore shoulder, a day after he got hit hard in a loss to the Reds.
Redskins and Browns retain players
UNDATED (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have exercised the 2015 fifth-year contract option for their star linebacker Aldon Smith. The team made the decision despite Smith's long list of legal trouble that included an arrest at Los Angeles International Airport just more than two weeks ago.
The 49ers will provide Smith with the support he needs to deal with his rash of off-the-field issues.
San Francisco realizes Smith still could face a suspension from the NFL for his DUI last September, and is expected to look for depth at linebacker during next week's NFL draft.
— The Washington Redskins have picked up the fifth-year option on linebacker Ryan Kerrigan for the 2015 season. He has 24½ sacks in three seasons and made the Pro Bowl after the 2012 season.
— The Browns have exercised the fifth-year, $5.5 million contract option on defensive lineman Phil Taylor's rookie deal. He is now under contract through the 2015 season.
Cabrera, Flores top PGA leaderboard
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Angel Cabrera and Martin Flores are co-leaders at the midway point of the PGA event at Quail Hollow in Charlotte. Flores fired a 68 and Cabrera countered with a 69, leaving both players 9-under for the tournament and one stroke ahead of Justin Rose.
Phil Mickelson slid to a 75 and is seven shots off the pace.
The round of the day belongs to Brendon de Jonge, who tied the course record at Quail Hollow Club with a 10-under 62. That's an 18-shot improvement over his first round 80.
Lee, Masson share lead
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Meena Lee and Caroline Masson are co-headers through 36 holes of the North Texas LPGA Open near Dallas.
Lee had the best round of the day, a 7-under 64. Masson fired her second consecutive 67 for an 8-under total.
Natalie Gulbis (GUHL'-bihs) and Stacy Lewis share second at minus-7.
Langer, Bryant share lead
THE WOODLANDS, Texas (AP) — Bernhard Langer birdied the final six holes for a share of the first-round lead with Bart Bryant in the Champions Tour's Insperity Invitational near Houston. Langer and Bryant opened with 6-under 66s at The Woodlands Country Club.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Sprinter Tyson Gay has accepted a one-year suspension and has returned the silver medal he won in the men's 400-meter relay at the London Olympics after he tested positive for a prohibited substance. As part of the penalty, he also accepted loss of results dating to July 15, 2012.