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Rockets among NBA playoff winners…Jackets in OT…Red Sox, Mets continue outstanding starts

UNDATED (AP) – The top-seeded Houston Rockets opened their NBA playoff schedule by getting 44 points from James Harden in a 104-101 win over Minnesota. Al Horford scored 24 points and Terry Rozier added 23 as the Boston Celtics outlasted Milwaukee, 113-107 in overtime. Indiana beat Cleveland, 98-80 behind Victor Oladipo’s 32 points, and Paul George set a team record with eight 3-pointers while dropping in 36 points to lead Oklahoma City past Utah, 116-108.

UNDATED (AP) – Matt Calvert scored in overtime and Sergei Bobrovsky made 54 saves as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Washington Capitals, 5-4 to take a 2-0 lead in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Pittsburgh is up two-games-to-one in its opening-round series after Sidney Crosby furnished a goal and three assists in a 5-1 win at Philadelphia. Mikael Granlund and Zach PariseĀ  scored power-play goals as Minnesota whipped Winnipeg, 6-2 to pull within 2-1 in the series, and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 37 shots as Vegas beat Los Angeles, 3-2 to take a three-games-to-none lead.

BOSTON (AP) – The Boston Red Sox have extended the best start in their 118-year history by improving to a major league-best 13-2 with a 3-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles. Andrew Benintendi and Mitch Moreland each had three hits and the Red Sox received four shutout innings from their bullpen in the third straight win over the Birds. Benintendi tied the game with an RBI triple in the fifth, one inning before J.D. Martinez scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch.

NEW YORK (AP) – The New York Mets improved to a National League-leading 12-2 by beating the Brewers, 3-2 on a walk-off, solo homer by Wilmer Flores with two out in the bottom of the ninth. Brandon Nimmo tied the game with a solo blast in the sixth and finished a double shy of the cycle as New York won for the 10th time in 11 games. Noah Syndergaard (SIHN’-dur-gahrd) struck out eight straight batters and left after fanning 11 while allowing no earned runs over 5 1/3 innings.

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) – NASCAR hopes to complete the Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway this afternoon, although more rain and the possibility of snow are in the forecast. Kyle Larson was leading when it was stopped just 46 laps shy of it becoming an official race. Ryan Blaney was dominant early in the No. 12 Ford, leading 99 laps of the first 119 laps before getting caught up in a wreck that left his car in shambles.

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