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NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Kevin Durant poured in 38 points on 15 of 27 shooting as the Golden State Warriors hammered the Pelicans, 118-92 at New Orleans to take a 3-1 lead in the NBA’s Western Conference semifinals. Durant also had nine rebounds in helping the defending champs bounce back from a 19-point loss in Game 3 of Friday. Stephen Curry finished with 23 points in his third game since coming back from a 5 1/2-week absence due to a knee injury.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – The Houston Rockets own a 3-1 lead in the NBA’s Western Conference semifinals after Chris Paul contributed a team-high 27 points, 12 rebounds and six assists in a 100-87 win over the Jazz in Utah. James Harden scored 14 of his 24 points while the Rockets outscored the Jazz 30-23 in the first quarter. Clint Capela chipped in 12 points, 15 boards and six blocks while helping Houston hold Utah under 39 percent shooting.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – The Tampa Bay Lightning have reached the NHL’s Eastern Conference final for the third time in four years by eliminating Boston in five games. Brayden Point and J.T. Miller scored second-period goals in the Lightning’s 3-1 win at Tampa. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 14 of his 27 saves in the third period and blanked the Bruins after David Krejci (KRAY’-chee) notched a power-play goal with 48 seconds left in the opening stanza.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – The expansion Las Vegas Golden Knights have reached the NHL’s Western Conference final by defeating the Sharks, 3-0 in Game 6 at San Jose. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 28 shots in his league-leading fourth shutout of the postseason and 14th of his career. Jonathan Marchessault opened the scoring 6 1/2 minutes into the second period before Nate Schmidt made it 2-0 about nine minutes later.

DOVER, Del. (AP) – Kevin Harvick dominated a race interrupted by rain and drove to his NASCAR Cup Series-high fourth victory of the season at Dover International Speedway. Harvick swept the first two stages and easily chased down Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Clint Bowyer in the third for the lead after a 41-minute delay. Bowyer was second, followed by Daniel Suarez, Martin Truex Jr. and Kurt Busch.

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