- Mon, 20 Apr 2015 05:25:00 +0000: CP3, Griffin lead Clippers past Spurs 107-92 in opener - Top Stories
LOS ANGELES (AP) Chris Paul scored 32 points, Blake Griffin added 26 points and 12 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers surged in the second half for a 107-92 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday night in their first-round playoff series opener.
Jamal Crawford added 17 points for the Clippers, who met the defending NBA champions' challenge in a difficult postseason-opening matchup for two powers. Griffin threw down his usual array of roof-raising dunks, while Paul quarterbacked Los Angeles to an 18-point lead in the third quarter.
Kawhi Leonard scored 18 points for the Spurs, who had won the opening game in their previous 11 playoff series. Tim Duncan had 11 points and 11 rebounds, but the Spurs couldn't rally from their hefty second-half deficit.
Game 2 is Wednesday night.
- Mon, 20 Apr 2015 04:57:00 +0000: Brodie leads Flames past Canucks 4-2 in Game 3 - Top Stories
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) TJ Brodie had a goal and an assist, and the Calgary Flames beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 on Sunday night to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.
Brandon Bollig, Sam Bennett and Sean Monahan also scored for the Flames, who host Game 4 on Tuesday night.
Shawn Matthias and Jannik Hansen had goals for the Canucks.
Calgary's Jonas Hiller and Vancouver's Eddie Lack each stopped 23 shots.
- Mon, 20 Apr 2015 02:45:00 +0000: Grizzlies never trail, rout Trail Blazers 100-86 in Game 1 - Top Stories
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Reserve Beno Udrih scored 20 points and the Memphis Grizzlies never trailed in routing the Portland Trail Blazers 100-86 on Sunday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference first-round series.
Zach Randolph had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Marc Gasol added 15 points and 11 rebounds. Mike Conley finished with 16 points and didn't play the fourth quarter. Jeff Green had 11.
LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland with 32 points while taking more shots than anyone had ever taken against Memphis in the postseason, going 13 of 34. Damian Lillard added 14 points, shooting 5 of 21 overall and 0 of 6 beyond the arc. Nicolas Batum had 15 points. The Trail Blazers have lost five straight overall.
The Grizzlies swept Portland during the regular season and have won 10 of the last 11, including the first playoff game between the teams.
Game 2 is Wednesday night in Memphis.
Memphis started the postseason with home-court advantage for only the second time in franchise history, thanks to finishing with four more wins than Northwest Division champion Portland. The Grizzlies blew a 27-point lead in 2012 before losing that series to the Clippers, and they topped that lead going up by 29 late in the third quarter.
The banged-up and short-handed Trail Blazers proved no threat to make that kind of comeback with Aldridge doing everything he could to keep them in the game.
Portland looked out of synch from the start with Aldridge and Lillard combining to shoot 3 of 15 in the first quarter, and Aldridge even fell to the court when missing a dunk off an inbound lob at one point. It didn't get much better as Batum threw the ball to the sideline missing Robin Lopez in the third.
Memphis led 25-15 at the end of the first quarter and 58-39 at halftime. They grabbed their biggest lead with Randolph hitting a pair of free throws with 1:56 left in the third quarter at 82-53.
Trail Blazers: Aldridge topped Russell Westbrook's mark of 33 shots attempted in the playoffs against Memphis set in 2011. ... Lillard missed his first six shots and didn't score until midway through the second quarter with a layup. ... McCollum started only two games during the regular season, and Portland was 0-2 in those starts.
Grizzlies: Conley missed the last four games of the regular season with a sprained right foot. He got to rest the entire fourth quarter. ... Lee finished both of his 3-pointers, and Memphis went 21-3 this season when he hit two or more. ... Udrih hit his first six shots. ... Memphis sold out its 21st straight home playoff game.
Trail Blazers forward Arron Afflalo missed his fourth straight game with a strained right shoulder. ... Wesley Matthews (left Achilles' tendon) made the trip with the Trail Blazers with his role limited to cheerleader.
- Mon, 20 Apr 2015 02:27:00 +0000: Weise lifts Canadiens over Senators 2-1 in OT - Top Stories
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Dale Weise scored the tying goal late in the third period and then won it 8:47 into overtime, leading the Montreal Canadiens to a 2-1 victory Sunday night in their first-round playoff series.
Montreal has a chance to complete a four-game sweep Wednesday, with Game 4 in Ottawa.
Weise sent the game to overtime with his goal with 5:47 remaining in the third. Torrey Mitchell assisted on both goals, and Carey Price made 33 saves.
Clarke MacArthur opened the scoring for the Senators at 11:28 of the first period. Craig Anderson, making his first start of the playoffs, made 47 saves in the loss.
Montreal dominated at times in the second and third periods, outshooting Ottawa 31-15 through the final 40 minutes of regulation.
- Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:33:00 +0000: AP Sources: Tim Tebow expected to sign with Eagles on Monday - Top Stories
PHILADELPHIA (AP) It's Tebow Time in the City of Brotherly Love.
Tim Tebow is expected to sign a one-year contract with the Eagles on Monday, according to three people familiar with the deal. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because the contract hasn't been finalized.
Tebow hasn't played in the NFL since 2012 with the New York Jets. He was released by the New England Patriots before the 2013 season and spent last year working in television as an analyst for the SEC Network and ESPN.
Despite being out of the league, the 27-year-old Tebow remained one of the most popular players around. He has a legion of fans who follow him because of his strong Christian beliefs.
The former Heisman Trophy winner led Florida to two national titles and was a first-round pick by Denver in 2010. He started 16 games during two seasons with the Broncos, including a playoff victory over Pittsburgh in January 2012. Tebow was traded to the Jets after Denver signed Peyton Manning.
The 27-year-old Tebow joins quarterbacks Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley and G.J. Kinne on Philadelphia's roster. The addition of Tebow would be the latest move in a stunning offseason for coach Chip Kelly. He traded Nick Foles, LeSean McCoy and allowed Jeremy Maclin to leave in free agency.
Tebow worked out for the Eagles last month and Kelly later said he's always "been a fan of Tim."
Tebow had some success in Denver, but his inaccurate passing and lack of pocket presence was an issue. His strength has been running the ball or improvising. Tebow has completed just 47.9 percent of his passes for 2,422 yards, 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He has 989 yards rushing, a 5.0 average yards per carry and 12 TDs.
Tebow worked with former major league pitcher Tom House on improving his mechanics. He joins the Eagles in time to start their offseason program this week.
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