Top National Sports Stories: Warriors, Rockets, Wizards win...Ducks complete sweep...Questions surround Hernandez death

Published on April 20, 2017 at 07:29AM

UNDATED (AP) — The Golden State Warriors were without forward Kevin Durant because of a calf injury, but Stephen (STEH’-fehn) Curry carried the offense with 19 points as they ripped Portland, 110-81. The Oklahoma City Thunder wasted Russell Westbrook’s triple-double of 51 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds by allowing James Harden to score 35 points in the Rockets’ 115-111 victory at Houston. John Wall scored 32 points and Bradley Beal had 31 as Washington beat Atlanta, 109-101 to join the Rockets and Warriors with two-games-to-none leads in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Cavaliers starting guard J.R. Smith is questionable for Game 3 against Indiana Thursday because of a left hamstring injury. Smith didn’t play in the second half of Game 2 because Cleveland’s medical staff decided it was better for him to rest than risk making his injury worse. Smith says he hasn’t asked yet if he’ll play in Indianapolis as the Cavaliers try to take a 3-0 series lead.

UNDATED (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks have swept their way into the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs as Patrick Eaves and Nate Thompson scored 68 seconds apart in the first period of a 3-1 win at Calgary. Devan Dubnyk (DOB’-nihk) handled 28 shots as Minnesota beat St. Louis 2-0 to avoid a four-game sweep. T.J. Oshie (OH’-shee) and Tom Wilson each scored twice as Washington beat Toronto, 5-4 to tie that series at two games apiece, and Craig Anderson stopped 22 shots to help Ottawa earn a 1-0 win and a three-games-to-one series lead over Boston.

BOSTON (AP) — Authorities have offered few answers after former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was found hanging from a bedsheet Wednesday in his cell in a maximum-security prison in Massachusetts. Hernandez was serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder and was found dead just five days after a jury acquitted him in a 2012 double-murder. A correction department spokesman said he was not aware of any suicide note, and officials had no reason to believe Hernandez was suicidal.

UNDATED (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says former Yankees star Derek Jeter and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush have joined forces in their attempt to buy the Miami Marlins after having competing interests in pursuit of the team. Jeter ended his 20-year playing career in 2014 and has long talked about owning a team. Bush is the brother of former President George W. Bush, who was an owner of the Texas Rangers from 1989 to 1998.