#SportsReport: Nets Down Bulls; Medina Spirit Could Run Preakness
Kevin Durant's 21 points and eight assists carried the Nets to a 115-107 win over the Bulls. Joe Harris added 17 points and Bruce Brown had 15 as Brooklyn won its second straight after a four-game slide. Chicago wasted Zach LaVine's 41 points, ended a three-game winning streak and fell three games behind idle Washington for the final spot in the Eastern Conference play-in tournament.In other NBA action:
The Philadelphia 76ers were unable to clinch the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. They now lead the East by two games over Brooklyn with three games remaining. The Sixers' season-high, eight-game winning streak is over after Domantas Sabonis had his ninth triple-double of the season and Caris LeVert added 24 points to help Indiana rally past Philadelphia 103-94. Sabonis finished with 16 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists as Indiana won for the third time in four games and clinched a spot in the play-in round. Tobias Harris scored 27 points and Ben Simmons finished with 23 as Joel Embiid sat out with a non-COVID-19 related illness.
Talen Horton-Tucker made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 21.1 seconds remaining in overtime, sending the Lakers past the Knicks, 101-99. Kyle Kuzma had a team-high 23 points and Anthony Davis scored 20 as the Lakers moved one game behind Portland and Dallas for the sixth seed in the West. Julius Randle had 31 points and Derrick Rose 27 for the Knicks, who were attempting to clinch their first postseason berth since 2013.
The Heat clinched a playoff spot and locked the Celtics into the play-in tournament with a 129-121 victory against Boston. Tyler Herro provided 24 points for Miami, which moved into a tie with Atlanta for the fifth seed in the East. Bam Adebayo and Duncan Robinson each scored 22 points to help the Heat beat the Celts for the second time in three days.
The Bucks kept up their chase of the No. 2 seed in the East with a 114-102 victory over the Magic. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 27 points and Milwaukee stayed a game behind the Nets while maintaining the tiebreaker over Brooklyn. Donte DiVincenzo added 19 points, Brook Lopez 17 and Jrue Holiday 15 to help the Bucks bounce back from Monday's 146-125 loss at San Antonio.
Nikola Jokic delivered 30 points, 11 rebounds and six assists as the Nuggets got past the Hornets, 117-112 to end a two-game skid. Michael Porter also finished with 30 points and nailed six 3-pointers for Denver. The Nuggets withstood Charlotte's furious late rally led by Devonte Graham, who hit five 3-pointers while scoring 19 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter.
The Clippers cruised to a 115-96 win over the Raptors as Kawhi Leonard scored 20 points and Paul George added 16 to help them stay one game ahead of Denver for the No. 3 seed in the West. Terance Mann also scored 20 points and Ivica Zubac had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Clippers. The Clippers never trailed after Marcus Morris opened the scoring with a 3-pointer.
Ja Morant had 24 points, eight assists and seven rebounds as the Grizzlies crushed the Mavericks 133-104. Dillon Brooks added 22 points and John Konchar had a season-high 18 for the Grizzlies, who outscored Dallas by 11 in the third quarter to take control. Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Mavericks with 19 points, while Willie Cauley-Stein finished with a season-high 16 points.
The Warriors pulled out a 122-106 win over the Suns as Jordan Poole hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:43 left and Andrew Wiggins finished with 38 points. Draymond Green notched his sixth triple-double of the season and 29th of his career with 11 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds as the Warriors beat a top-2 seed in the West for the second straight day. Stephen Curry contributed 21 points to the win.
Terrence Davis matched his season-high with 27 points and Buddy Hield had 21 as the Kings topped the Thunder, 122-106 to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. Delon Wright added 21 points and eight assists for Sacramento.
Karl-Anthony Towns scored 28 points and Anthony Edwards added 22 as the Timberwolves beat the Pistons, 119-100. Ricky Rubio chipped in 19 points for Minnesota while DeAngelo Russell added 15 with 10 assists.
The Yankees beat Tampa Bay for just the second time in seven games this season as Aaron Judge and Gary Sánchez homered in a 3-1 decision over the Rays. Jordan Montgomery gave up one run, two hits, walked one and tied a career high with nine strikeouts.
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Patrick Mazeika got his second walk-off RBI in four career games with a fielder's choice grounder in the ninth inning to lift the Mets to their sixth straight win, 3-2 versus the Orioles. Baltimore led 2-1 entering the ninth after John Means outdueled Marcus Stroman in his first start since throwing a no-hitter last week.
The Athletics have won a matchup of AL division leaders. Chris Bassitt struck out a season-high 10 over seven innings of their 3-2 victory in Boston. The game was tied, 1-1 until Matt Chapman and Elvis Andrus poked RBI singles for the A's in the seventh. Rafael Devers homered for the Red Sox, who have lost two straight since winning four in a row.
Vladimir Guerrero homered and drove in three runs for the Blue Jays in a 5-3 verdict over the Braves. Guerrero had three hits, including a tying single in a three-run eighth.
Bryce Harper treated heckling fans to a long home run in the first inning while setting the tone in the Phillies' 6-2 downing of the Nationals in Washington. Andrew Knapp capped a three-run eighth with a two-run, bases-loaded single.
José Abreu smacked a tiebreaking two-run homer in the sixth inning of the White Sox' fourth win in a row, 9-3 over the Twins. Yasmani Grandal lofted a three-run homer in the second for the AL West leaders.
The Tigers coughed up a 7-0 lead before Robbie Grossman singled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to give Detroit an 8-7 win against the Twins. Grossman's career-high fifth RBI sent the Royals to their ninth straight loss.
Yuli Gurriel smacked a two-run homer while the Astros scored four times in the eighth inning to beat the Angels, 5-1. Houston broke out after Shohei Ohtani held the Astros to one run and four hits with 10 strikeouts over seven innings.
Shane Bieber pitched out of some early trouble and César Hernández hit a two-run homer, sending the Indians to a 3-2 win over the Cubs. Bieber struck out eight and has now fanned at least that many in 20 consecutive starts, extending his own major league record.
The Rangers dropped a 4-2 decision to the Giants in San Francisco to fall to 0-5 in interleague play. Logan Webb tied a career high with 10 strikeouts over six innings to help the NL West leaders complete a two-game sweep.
Paul Goldschmidt and Tyler O'Neill homered off Brad Boxberger in the 11th inning to power the Cardinals to their fourth straight win, 6-1 against the Brewers. Goldschmidt provided the tiebreaking, two-run blast and O'Neill added a three-run shot in the Redbirds' 10th win in 12 games, keeping them tied with San Francisco for the NL's best record.
Gavin Lux belted a dramatic three-run homer in the eighth inning to push the Dodgers past the Mariners, 6-4. Corey Seager had a two-run single in the seventh for the Dodgers, and Max Muncy hit an early homer after they fell behind, 4-1.
Manny Machado homered and tripled to drive in five runs and highlight the Padres' 8-1 assault on the Rockies. San Diego weathered the early departure of Wil Myers, who crashed into the right field wall in the first inning while catching Garrett Hampson's deep fly ball.
The Diamondbacks clobbered the Marlins, 11-3 as Madison Bumgarner threw seven shutout innings on just 84 pitches. Asdrúbal Cabrera had four hits, including a three-run homer that helped the Diamondbacks win their second straight since a six-game losing streak.
Troy Stokes Jr. drove in runs with each of his first two major league hits as the Pirates beat the Reds for the first time in nine tries since last season, 7-2. JT Brubaker allowed one run on five hits to win for the first time in his last four starts.
In MLB news:
Major League Baseball has instructed the Athletics to explore relocation options as the team tries to secure the new ballpark in Oakland. MLB released a statement expressing its longtime concern that the current Coliseum site is "not a viable option for the future vision of baseball." A's owner John Fisher said in a statement he will honor MLB's instructions but remains committed to continuing to pursue a waterfront ballpark.
Mets ace Jacob deGrom has resumed playing catch and plans to evaluate his mechanics after New York placed him on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with tightness in his right side. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner was pulled before the sixth inning of Sunday's 4-2 win over Arizona, his first appearance after skipping a start due to discomfort in his right lat muscle. The 32-year-old got an MRI on Sunday night that showed no structural damage. DeGrom is 3-2 with a major league-best 0.68 ERA along with 65 strikeouts in 40 innings.
All-Star second baseman Jeff McNeil was pulled from the New York Mets' game against Baltimore on Tuesday night with body cramps after trying to stretch a single into a double. McNeil lined his second hit of the game off starter John Means with two outs in the third inning and tried to beat center fielder Cedric Mullins' throw to second. He slowed down about halfway between first and second and was out by several steps.
Major league home run champion Luke Voit was activated from the 10-day injured list by the Yankees. The 30-year-old had surgery March 29 to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Voit batted .277 last season with 22 homers and 52 RBIs in 213 at-bats over 56 games.
Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin is away from the team after a positive COVID-19 test. Several other coaches are expected to miss the game due to contact tracing, but manager Aaron Boone said the contact tracing does not include any players.
Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. has tested positive for COVID-19 and was put on the injured list, along with two teammates. Tatis leads the Padres with nine homers and 23 runs. Utilitymen Jurickson Profar and Jorge Mateo were added to San Diego's injured list for contact tracing protocols.
Brewers pitcher Jordan Zimmermann has retired in his 13th major league season. The 34-year-old right-hander went 95-91 with a 4.07 ERA during a career that included two All-Star Game appearances with the Nationals. He threw the first no-hitter in Nationals' history in 2014.
The Rays have designated infielder-outfielder Yoshi Tsutsugo for assignment. Tsutsugo hit .167 with five RBIs in 26 games this season. It follows a disappointing 2020 when the left-handed hitter had a .197 batting average with eight homers and 24 RBIs over 51 games.
The Cubs have placed outfielder Jake Marisnick on the 10-day injured list with a strained right hamstring and recalled reliever Brad Wieck from Triple-A Iowa. The 30-year-old Marisnick is hitting .264 with four homers and 14 RBIs in 27 games in his first season with the Cubs.
The Washington Capitals have won a preview of their Stanley Cup first-round series with the Boston Bruins. Michael Raffl scored from a tight angle with 1.8 seconds remaining to give the Caps a 2-1 victory over the B's. Carl Hagelin also scored and Vitek Vanecek stopped 25 shots for Washington in the regular-season finale for both teams. The Capitals also welcomed back forwards Alex Ovechkin and center Nicklas Backstrom from lower-body injuries. Curtis Lazar scored for the Bruins, who played largely a reserve squad.
In Tuesday's other NHL game, Blake Wheeler had two goals and two assists as the Jets beat the Canucks, 5-0 to clinch third place in the North Division. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 24 shots for his fourth shutout of the season and 24th of the season. Kyle Connor had a goal and two assists, Mark Scheifele added a goal and an assist for Winnipeg.
Medina Spirit is set to run in the Preakness on Saturday to go for the second leg of the Triple Crown, as long as the Kentucky Derby winner passes a series of additional drug tests. Maryland racing officials have reached an agreement with trainer Bob Baffert to allow Medina Spirit and his other horses to enter races this weekend at Pimlico Race Course subject to extra testing and monitoring. Baffert says Medina Spirit was treated with an antifungal ointment containing the steroid betamethasone that may have caused the horse to fail a postrace drug test. Baffert says Medina Spirit was treated with the ointment for dermatitis once a day leading up to the race and that experts have told him this could explain the test results. Baffert says the horse tested positive for 21 picograms of the substance, which would lead to a disqualification if upheld with another test.
Authorities say former NFL quarterback Brett Favre has yet to pay back $600,000 in money received from the state of Mississippi for multiple speaking events he never showed up for. The former athlete had previously said he would pay the state after an audit revealed $1.1 million had been paid to Favre's company, Favre Enterprises. Auditors said that was just a part of $94 million in welfare spending that was "questioned" in an audit last year, meaning auditors saw clear misspending or could not verify money was lawfully spent. Favre made an initial payment of $500,000 a year ago. He has not been accused of a crime.
Former University of Hawaii star quarterback Colt Brennan has died. His father Terry Brennan says his son died early Tuesday at a California hospital. He was 37. Colt Brennan finished third in the 2007 Heisman Trophy balloting. He also had public struggles with alcohol. Terry Brennan says he took his son to an emergency room over the weekend because he had been drinking and wasn't doing well. But unbeknownst to his family, the hospital released him because the detox facility was full.
Rafael Nadal has joined the growing number of tennis players expressing doubts about competing in the Tokyo Olympics, saying his status is uncertain. Nadal says that in a normal world, he would never think about missing the Olympics, adding that everyone knows how important it has been to him to always play in the Olympics. The Tokyo Olympics were postponed from 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Nadal is hesitant about competing this year because of the health situation.
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