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PORTLAND---Portland s Damian
Lillard hit a 3-pointer at the
buzzer to give the Trail Blazers a
stunning 99-98 win over Houston
on Friday, clinching a 4-2 win in
their playoff series and a place in
the NBA Western Conference
semifinals for the first time 14
On a dramatic day in the play-
offs, Dallas staged a fourth-quarter
comeback to overrun Texan rival
San Antonio and square their series
at 3-3, while Brooklyn also won at
home against Toronto to force a
Game 7 in their series.
Portland, making its first playoff
appearance since 2011, had been
eliminated in the first round in its
last six trips, and had not advanced
to the second round since 2000.
Dwight Howard s layup and foul
shot put the Rockets up 96-94 but
Nicolas Batum s fadeaway jump
shot tied it again with 39.9 seconds
Chandler Parsons scored on a
reverse layup with 0.9 seconds left
to give Houston the lead but there
was just enough time for Lillard to
hit a three that will go down in
Portland will face the winner of
the series between San Antonio
and Dallas, and that remains up
for grabs after the Mavericks pulled
off an equally dramatic 113-111
comeback win over the Spurs.
Monta Ellis scored 12 of his 29
points to lead a fourth-quarter
surge. It was an unlikely comeback
by the eighth-seeded Mavericks,
as San Antonio had won every time
this season when leading after three
quarters in a road game.
Dirk Nowitzki added 22 for Dal-
las, who will travel to San Antonio
for the decider on Sunday with the
knowledge that the last time they
went there for a Game 7 they won,
Tony Parker scored 22 to lead
the heavily favored Spurs, who won
all four games against Dallas during
the regular season and had been
expected to quickly dispatch their
Brooklyn had a relatively com-
fortable 97-83 home win over
Toronto, with Deron Williams
shaking off a second-half injury to
score 23 points.
Despite appearing to hurt his left
foot or ankle early in the third quar-
ter, Williams dominated his
matchup with Kyle Lowry and
helped the Nets put it away with
a three-pointer with 1:13 left that
made it 92-79.
Game 7 is today in Toronto, with
the winner advancing to face
defending champion Miami.
DeMar DeRozan scored 28 for
the Raptors, who have never won
a postseason series that went seven
games, and have not won any play-
off series for 13 years.
Lillard stunner puts Blazers into second round
(0) shoots his
second of game
six of an NBA
series game in
on Friday. The
won the series
in a 99-98 win.
LAS VEGAS---Floyd Mayweather Jr is enough
of a businessman to know his latest fight
would be a tough sell, especially after setting
records with Canelo Alvarez his last time out.
But sell he must, even though oddsmakers
and nearly everyone else give Marcos Maidana
little chance in their welterweight title fight
last night. A full house is already guaranteed
at the MGM Grand hotel arena, but Mayweather
needs people at home to pay $64.95 for the
fight if he is going to recoup his guaranteed $32
So Mayweather hinted this week that this
might be his last fight, though few in boxing
believe that. He also said he planned to stand
in front of Maidana and trade punches with
the hard-hitting Argentine, though his history
in the ring suggests he won t.
Oh, and he wants to score a knockout, some-
thing he s done only once in the last seven
Mayweather returns to the ring for the first
time since dominating Alvarez in boxing s rich-
est bout, taking on Maidana in a fight that
even Mayweather seems to have trouble
expressing much enthusiasm about. He s a
bigger, much more skilled fighter than the
Argentine, just part of the reason oddsmakers
make him a 11-1 pick to remain undefeated in
the 46th fight of a pro career that has made
him the richest fighter ever.
Still, Mayweather (45-0, 26 knockouts) says
he has to be wary of the power Maidana brings
into the ring.
"He s got an 80 per cent knockout ratio so
I can t go to sleep on this guy," he said. "But
guys can t go to the mental level I m at. I can
beat them many ways."
The fight is part of a pay-per-view card that
features former champion Amir Khan moving
up to welterweight to fight another former
champion in Luis Collazo. Khan had campaigned
to be Mayweather s opponent and won an
online poll set up by Mayweather, who ended
up picking Maidana instead.
If Khan is impressive, though, and May-
weather wins as expected, the two could meet
later this year.
Maidana (35-3, 31 knockouts) earned the
fight with a strong showing in his last bout,
twice knocking down Adrien Broner on his way
to a decision win in December. Though Maidana
hits hard, he will be up against a fighter who
is such a defensive wizard that he rarely gets
hit with more than one punch in any exchange.
Mayweather, who weighed in Friday at 146
pounds to 146 ½ for Maidana, said he welcomes
the challenge after easily beating Alvarez last
September in a fight that was supposed to be
his toughest test.
Mayweather works hard to sell $32 million payday
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