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Rockets, Bucks, Celtics are 2-up…Cousins shelved…Braves lose closer…Clarke leaves Zags

UNDATED (AP) – The Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics all have two-games-to-none leads in their respective NBA first-round series. The Rockets rode James Harden’s triple-double of 32 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists to a 118-98 win against Utah, and Eric Bledsoe finished with a team-high 27 points in the Bucks’ 120-99 rout of Detroit. Kyrie Irving scored 37 points and the Celtics went on a 10-0 run over the final five minutes of a 99-91 victory against Indiana.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins is unlikely to return this postseason yet won’t require surgery on his torn left quadriceps muscle. The 28-year-old Cousins went down in the first quarter of Monday’s 135-131 Game 2 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Coach Steve Kerr has named Andrew Bogut as the starter in place of Cousins for Thursday night’s Game 3 in Los Angeles.

UNDATED (AP) – Atlanta Braves closer Arodys Vizcaino will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder. He pitched in four games this season, getting one save for the NL East champs. The injury is likely to fuel further speculation the Braves might be interested in free agent Craig Kimbrel, their former closer who played for Boston last season and still hasn’t signed a new contract.

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – Gonzaga forward Brandon Clarke plans to skip his senior year and enter the NBA draft after leading the NCAA in blocked shots this past season. Clarke averaged 16.9 points and 8.6 rebounds while recording 117 blocks for the Bulldogs after transferring from San Jose State. Under new NCAA rules, the junior can sign with an agent and still return to school if he chooses. Clarke has until May 29 to make a final decision.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – Virginia forward Mamadi Diakite says he is forgoing his final season of eligibility to make himself available for the NBA draft. Diakite is the fourth member of the national champions to make the move, joining De’Andre Hunter, Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy. He averaged 7.4 points on 55% shooting, 4.4 rebounds and a team-high 63 blocked shots for the Cavaliers this past season.

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