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James triple double
pushes Cavs 3-zip lead
finished with 41 points, 13 re-
bounds and 12 assists and the
Cleveland Cavaliers set an NBA
postseason record by erasing
a 25-point halftime deficit to
beat the Indiana Pacers 119-114
on Thursday night and take a 3-0
James passed Kobe Bryant for No
3 on the NBA's career playoff scoring
list and tied another NBA record by
winning his 20th consecutive first-
The Cavaliers will try to sweep the
The incredible rally ruined Paul
George's big night. He had 36 points,
a playoff career-high 15 rebounds and
Cleveland trailed by 26 in the first
half and was still down 74-49 at half-
time. The largest halftime deficit
overcome to win a playoff game had
been 21 points by Baltimore against
Philadelphia in 1948.
Grizzlies 105, Spurs 94
MEMPHIS---Mike Conley scored 24
points and handed out eight assists
as Memphis snapped a 10-game
postseason skid against San Antonio.
The Grizzlies pulled within 2-1 in
this first-round Western Conference
series, giving first-year coach David
Fizdale his first postseason victory.
This also marked the Grizzlies' first
win over the Spurs in the playoffs
since April 2011, when Memphis beat
San Antonio in six games. Game 4
Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph
each scored 21 points for Memphis,
which outscored San Antonio 31-17 in
the third quarter and led by as much
as 22 in the second half.
Kawhi Leonard, who scored 32 and
37 in the first two games, was held to
18. LaMarcus Aldridge added 16, and
Kyle Anderson had 15 as Spurs coach
Gregg Popovich benched his starters
for most of the fourth quarter.
Bucks 104, Raptors 77
scored 20 points and Milwaukee
overwhelmed cold-shooting Toronto
to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round
Eastern Conference playoff series.
Greg Monroe added 16 points
and seven rebounds for the Bucks,
who held DeMar DeRozan without
a basket and never looked back after
leading by 20 points after the first
Making this blowout even more
impressive was that they barely
needed All-Star Giannis Antetok-
ounmpo. He finished with 19 points
and eight boards. Game 4 is today
back at the Bradley Center.
With raucous fans wearing black
Bucks giveaway T-shirts to match the
players' uniforms, Milwaukee put on
a dominating display of basketball
worthy of the team's "Fear the Deer"
The Raptors looked frazzled after
shooting 4 of 18 in the first quarter.
Kyle Lowry had 13 points. (AP)
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James celebrates a basket against the
Indiana Pacers during the second half of Game 3 of a first-round NBA
basketball playoff series on Thursday in Indianapolis. The Cavaliers
defeated the Pacers 119-114. AP PHOTO
Madrid vs Madrid in derby semis
Real Madrid will meet city rival
Atletico Madrid in the semifinals
of the Champions League in a re-
match of last season's final.
The Spanish teams also met in the
2014 final, with Madrid winning both
The draw yesterday pitted Juventus
and Monaco in the other semifinal.
Madrid will play the first game at
home on May 2. Monaco will host
Juventus on May 3. The return legs
will be the following week.
The Madrid clubs have faced each
other in the last three Champions
Leagues. Madrid also defeated At-
letico in the 2015 quarterfinals.
In its seventh straight semifinal,
Madrid is trying to become the first
team to repeat as champion since the
competition's new format was creat-
ed in 1992. It won a record-extending
11th title last season.
Atletico is seeking its first title. In
addition to the defeats against Ma-
drid, it also lost to Bayern Munich in
the 1974 final.
The second leg against Madrid will
mark the last Champions League
game at the Vicente Calderon before
Atletico moves to its new stadium.
"The best stage to bid farewell
to the Calderon in the Champions
League," Atletico midfielder Saul
Two-time champion Juventus is
trying to return to the final since
losing the final to Barcelona in 2015.
That year, it eliminated Monaco in
the quarterfinals with a 1-0 aggre-
"It's a tough opponent, they
shouldn't be underestimated, be-
cause we know how dangerous they
can be," Juventus defender Stephan
Lichtsteiner said. "Having seeing
them up close against us two years
ago, when they had the same coach,
I can say they play lovely football,
they're very quick up front and
strong in attack.
"They don't have anything to lose
and the pressure will be all on our
shoulders. Their weakness could
be their lack of experience, as they
are a very young group. They might
concede a lot of goals, but they score
a lot too."
Juventus is looking for its first Eu-
ropean title since 1996.
Monaco is in the semifinals for the
first time since it lost the 2004 final
to FC Porto.
The final is in Cardiff on June 3.
Barcelona files another appeal
to have Neymar in 'clasico'
MADRID---Barcelona is doing all
it can to have Neymar available for
the decisive "clasico" against Real
Madrid this weekend.
The club said yesterday it was
filing an appeal with the country's
sports tribunal to annul the suspen-
sion that was keeping Neymar from
playing at the Santiago Bernabeu on
Barcelona had already filed an ap-
peal with the Spanish football fed-
eration, but its demand was rejected
Neymar was handed a two-game
suspension for sarcastically ap-
plauding an assistant referee after
being sent off in Barcelona's 2-0
loss at Malaga on April 8.
The two-match ban was in addi-
tion to the one-game suspension he
was automatically required to serve
for the red card. He already served
that match against Real Sociedad
Two-time defending champion
Barcelona trails Real Madrid by three
points with six rounds to go in the
Spanish league. Madrid, seeking its
first league title since 2012, also has
a game in hand. (AP)
Monaco players celebrate after teammate Valere scored the team's third
goal during the Champions League quarterfinal second leg soccer match
between Monaco and Dortmund at the Louis II stadium in Monaco on
Wednesday. AP PHOTO
will find out the week starting
May 15 if she can compete at
the French Open, which starts
two weeks later, the French
Tennis Federation said.
The five-time Grand Slam
winner and former world No 1
returns to competition next week
as a wild card in Stuttgart's Por-
sche Tennis Grand Prix.
The Russian was suspended
after testing positive for heart
drug meldonium at the 2016
Australian Open. The ban was
reduced from two years to 15
months last October by the Court
of Arbitration for Sport. Mel-
donium, which was previously
legal, was banned by the World
Anti-Doping Agency earlier that
year, but Sharapova claims she
missed the memo instructing her
to stop using it.
Her suspension ends on the
third day of the Stuttgart tour-
nament, meaning she won't
be allowed even to play before
Top-ranked players Angelique
Kerber and Andy Murray are
among those who have ques-
tioned whether Sharapova should
be allowed to resume her career
in main draws without playing
her way back through qualifiers.
Sharapova has also been handed
a wild card into the Italian Open
in Rome next month. (AP)
MONACO---David Goffin beat
Novak Djokovic for the first
time in his career on his fifth
match point, winning 6-2,
3-6, 7-5 to reach the Monte
Carlo Masters semifinals on
Goffin denied Djokovic a pos-
sible 50th career match against
defending champion Rafael Na-
dal, who was playing the last
remaining quarterfinal against
unseeded Diego Schwartzman.
Goffin had lost all previous five
matches to Djokovic and looked
to heading for another when the
12-time Grand Slam winner led
4-2 in the decider.
But Goffin broke him in the
eighth game and held firm on his
own serve when taken to deuce in
a tight 11th game.
The pressure was back on the
second-ranked Djokovic to hold
and force a tiebreak, but Goffin
kept coming at him and Djokovic
also had to cope with a time vio-
lation during that tense 12th game
for taking too long to serve.
"That's fair from the chair um-
pire to tell me that I'm taking a
little bit too much time.
"It's just that sometimes there
should be maybe a little bit more
tolerance and understanding for
certain situations like that one,
where it was very long point, at
6-5 in the third," Djokovic said.
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