Top National Sports Stories: Warriors win, Celtics fall...Thomas plays for Boston...Gobert's status unknown

Published on April 17, 2017 at 07:18AM

UNDATED (AP) — The NBA playoffs continued yesterday with wins by the Warriors, Bulls, Wizards and Rockets. Kevin Durant poured in 32 points to lead Golden State’s 121-109 win over Portland, and the Bulls rode Jimmy Butler’s 30 points to a 106-102 victory at Boston. John Wall set a career high with 32 points in the Wizards’ 114-107 win against Atlanta, and the Rockets rolled to a 118-87 rout of Oklahoma City behind James Harden’s 37 points, nine boards and seven assists.

BOSTON (AP) — Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas managed to play just a day after his sister was killed in a car accident. Thomas received a thunderous ovation in Boston and finished with a game-high 33 points after deciding to play. The Celtics held a pregame moment of silence for Chyna Thomas, who died early Saturday in a one-car interstate accident in their home state of Washington.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jazz center Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’) has been diagnosed with a left knee hyperextension and bone contusion. The injuries occurred just 17 seconds into Saturday’s playoff opener against the Clippers in Los Angeles. The team says he will continue to be re-evaluated. No timetable for his return was given.

UNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins and St. Louis Blues are on the verge of sweeping their Stanley Cup first-round series, while the Montreal Canadiens and Edmonton Oilers are up two games to one. Jake Guentzel’s (GEHNT’-sulz) third goal of the night game the Pens a 5-4 overtime win at Columbus after Jake Allen stopped 40 shots to lead the Blues past Minnesota, 3-1 Carey Price needed to make just 20 saves in the Canadiens’ 3-1 win over the Rangers, and Cam Talbot notched his second consecutive shutout in the Oilers’ 1-0 verdict over San Jose.

DULUTH, Ga. (AP) — Stephen Ames has earned his first PGA Tour Champions victory by taking the Mitsubishi Electric Classic. The 52-year-old Ames closed with a 6-under 66 for a 15-under total and a four-shot win over Bernhard Langer. Ames won for the first time since taking the 2009 Children’s Miracle Network Classic, the last of his four PGA Tour titles.