Bucks take top seed…Warriors pad conference lead…Caps clinch…Preds in control…A near no-no
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The Milwaukee Bucks have clinched the NBA’s top record and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs by defeating the 76ers, 128-122 in Philadelphia. Giannis Antetokounmpo outdueled Joel Embiid by scoring 45 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Milwaukee trailed by seven in the fourth quarter before chipping away, taking a 121-119 lead on George Hill’s basket with 1:02 to play.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points and 10 rebounds as the Golden State Warriors rolled past the Los Angeles Lakers, 108-90. Kevin Durant added 15 points, eight assists and six rebounds for the Warriors, who lead the NBA’s Western Conference by two games over Denver and own the tiebreaker with four games remaining. Golden State guard Stephen Curry finished a quiet night with seven points on 3-of-14 shooting and 10 rebounds.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Nic Dowd scored the tiebreaking goal in the second period and Braden Holtby stopped 33 shots as the Washington Capitals downed the Montreal Canadiens, 2-1 to clinch the NHL’s Metropolitan Division title. Lars Eller also scored against his old team to help Washington wrap up a fourth consecutive division crown with one game remaining. The outcome puts the Canadiens in danger of missing the playoffs, and they will be eliminated as early as Friday if Columbus beats the New York Rangers.
UNDATED (AP) – The Nashville Predators have taken over first place in the NHL’s Central Division by one point over Winnipeg and St. Louis. The Predators trailed 2-1 Thursday until Nick Bonino and Ryan Johansen scored in the last 4 1/2 minutes of a 3-2 comeback win against Vancouver. Colorado clinched a playoff berth with a 3-2 overtime victory against the Jets, and the Blues scored five times in the first 9:41 of a 7-3 rout of Philadelphia.
CLEVELAND (AP) – The Cleveland Indians didn’t allow a hit Thursday until Freddy Galvis led off the ninth with a single off closer Brad Hand, who managed to finish up a 4-1 win over the Blue Jays. Trevor Bauer worked the first seven innings and was lifted after 117 pitches, eight strikeouts and six walks. The Indians haven’t pitched a no-hitter since Len Barker threw a perfect game in 1981, also against the Blue Jays.