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Nuggets Advance..Raptors Whip Sixers…Blue Jackets, Stars Get Even..Yelich Hits 14th


DENVER (AP) – Nikola Jokic (nee-KOH’-lah YOH’-kihch) had a triple-double and the Denver Nuggets advanced to the NBA’s Western Conference semifinals with a 90-86 victory over the San Antonio Spurs. Jokic finished with 21 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists, with no pass bigger than the one to set up Jamal Murray’s bucket in the final minute. The Nuggets saw a 17-point, third-quarter lead shrink to two before Murray nailed a floater with 36.8 seconds remaining.

TORONTO (AP) – Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard scored a career playoff-high 45 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Toronto Raptors took the opener of their NBA Eastern Conference semifinal series, 108-95 over Philadelphia. Leonard matched his career-best scoring total for any game, set Jan. 1 against Utah. Pascal Siakam (see-A’-kam) added 29 points for the Raptors, who led by as many as 20 en route to their fifth straight postseason victory since a series-opening loss to Orlando.

BOSTON (AP) – Matt Duchene (doo-SHAYN’) scored 3:42 into double-overtime to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 3-2 win at Boston, tying the Stanley Cup second-round series at a game apiece. Artemi Panarin (ahr-THE’-mee pah-NA’-rihn) set up the winner after scoring twice in the second period, tying the game each time. Sergei Bobrovsky (boh-BRAHF’-skee) stopped 29 shots and was perfect after David Pastrnak beat him 2:01 into the second.

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Roope Hintz scored twice to support Ben Bishop’s 32-save performance as the Dallas Stars topped the St. Louis Blues, 4-2 to even the Stanley Cup second-round series at a game apiece. Hintz, Miro Heiskanen (HYS’-kah-nehn) and Mattias Janmark (matt-TEE’-ahs YAHN’-mahrk) tallied in the game’s first 15 minutes to give Dallas a 3-1 lead. Bishop improved to 11-3 following a playoff loss, making big saves on Ryan O’Reilly and Oskar Sundqvist in the third period.

NEW YORK (AP) – Milwaukee outfielder Christian Yelich (YEH’-lihch) has matched Albert Pujols (POO-hohlz) and Alex Rodriguez for the most homers through the first full month of a major league season. Yelich slammed his major league-leading 14th home run and Ben Gamel added a blast in the Brewers’ 8-6 win over the Mets. Brandon Woodruff scattered six hits over five innings, leaving with a 6-1 lead.

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