Top National Sports Stories: Celtics beat Wizards...Leonard to sit...Pens square series...No Federer at Roland Garros

Published on May 16, 2017 at 07:00AM

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics have advanced to the NBA’s Eastern Conference finals by taking Game 7 of their series with Washington, 115-105. Isaiah Thomas delivered 29 points and 12 assists, while Kelly Olynyk (oh-LIH’-nihk) added a career playoff-high 26 points off the bench. The Celtics trailed 76-72 before reeling off a 22-5 spurt that put them ahead 94-81 in the fourth quarter.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard will sit out Game 2 of the NBA’s Western Conference finals tonight against the Golden State Warriors. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich says his top scorer aggravated his sprained left ankle during the second half of Sunday’s 113-111 loss to the Warriors. Leonard initially hurt the ankle during the conference semifinals against Houston.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans are keeping general manager Dell Demps and head coach Alvin Gentry at their current positions despite going 64-100 over the last two seasons. Owner Tom Benson and Executive Vice President Mickey Loomis announced their decision to stick with Demps and Gentry, who are both under contract through next season. Demps has been with New Orleans since the summer of 2010, and hired Gentry two years ago.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Phil Kessel (KES’-ul) scored late in the third period and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 23 shots as the Pittsburgh Penguins blanked Ottawa, 1-0 to even the NHL’s Eastern Conference finals at a game apiece. The Pens dominated over long stretches but couldn’t score until Kessel followed up his own rebound and beat Craig Anderson with 6:55 remaining. The Senators went nearly 19 minutes without a shot on Fleury, who earned his second shutout of the postseason.

UNDATED (AP) — Roger Federer says he is skipping the upcoming French Open to concentrate on Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. The 18-time major champion announced on Twitter that bypassing the clay-court season will help him compete on the tour for many years to come. The 35-year-old Federer hasn’t played in an ATP event since April 2, when he won the Miami Open.