Aldridge leads Portland over Houston 122-120 in OT
HOUSTON (AP) - LaMarcus Aldridge scored a franchise playoff-record 46 points and Damian Lillard added 31, including the go-ahead free throws in overtime, to lift the Portland Trail Blazers to a 122-120 victory over the Houston Rockets on Sunday night in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.
Aldridge fouled out with about a minute left in overtime and Lillard, who was making his playoff debut, took over. He scored the next five points for Portland and put the Trail Blazers on top by one point with a pair of free throws with 17 seconds left.
Game 2 is Wednesday night in Houston.
Aldridge, who was playing in his home state, also had 18 rebounds and two blocks. James Harden and Dwight Howard each scored 27 points for Houston.
Duncan scores 27 points, Spurs beat Mavs 90-85
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Tim Duncan scored 27 points, and the San Antonio Spurs held the Dallas Mavericks to one field goal in the final seven minutes to rally for a 90-85 victory Sunday in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.
The Mavericks also went scoreless for 5½ minutes during that stretch, their lone field goal coming as time expired.
Tony Parker had 21 points, and Manu Ginobili added 17. Kawhi Leonard had 11 points and 10 rebounds and Tiago Splitter pulled down 11 rebounds for top-seeded San Antonio, which has won 10 straight against Dallas.
Devin Harris scored 19 points for the Mavericks, which nearly pulled off a huge upset.
Chavez gets 1st win, A's complete sweep of Astros
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Josh Donaldson homered and doubled twice to back another solid start by Jesse Chavez, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Houston Astros 4-1 on Sunday to complete a series sweep.
Jed Lowrie and Eric Sogard added two hits apiece for the A's, who have won 11 of 13. Oakland has the best record in the American League despite a shaky defense that committed its AL-leading 19th error.
Chavez allowed four hits over six innings and retired seven of the final eight batters he faced after giving up a solo home run to Marwin Gonzalez in the fourth. Chavez struck out three and walked one to lower his team-leading ERA to 1.38 through four starts.
Gonzalez had two hits for the Astros. Houston has dropped seven straight.
WSox 3 HRs, throw 2-hitter in 16-2 win at Texas
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Jose Abreu and Jordan Danks each had two-run homers, Erik Johnson combined with three relievers on a two-hitter and the Chicago White Sox snapped a four-game losing streak with a 16-2 victory Sunday over the Texas Rangers, who had won five in a row.
The White Sox went ahead to stay with three unearned runs off Robbie Ross in the fifth, including Abreu's fifth homer of the season for a 5-2 lead.
Johnson (1-1) allowed two runs and only a single over his five innings, but the right-hander walked the leadoff batter the first four innings and threw only 44 of his 87 pitches for strikes. The Rangers also scored on a wild pitch, and had another runner thrown out trying to do the same.
Ronald Belisario threw two scoreless innings before Andre Rienzo and Matt Lindstrom each worked an inning.
Popovich to Sager: 'I promise I'll be nice'
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Spurs coach Gregg Popovich says he looks forward to sideline reporter Craig Sager's return and "I promise I'll be nice."
TNT's Sager is missing the NBA playoffs as he undergoes treatment for leukemia. So his son, Craig Sager Jr., filled in for Sunday's broadcast of San Antonio's playoff opener against Dallas, asking Popovich a few questions before the fourth quarter.
Popovich is famous for his terse answers to in-game questions from Sager and other sideline reporters. This time, he was verbose by his standards in discussing the Spurs' play.
He told the younger Sager, "You did a great job, but I'd rather have your dad standing here."
Popovich then shared this message for his father: "We miss you. You've been an important part of all of us for a long time, doing a great job."
Slim Thug and Bun B drop Rockets remix
HOUSTON (AP) - Daryl Morey is not only the general manager of the Houston Rockets and a graduate of MIT, he's also a fan of Houston's rap scene.
Morey asked local rappers Slim Thug and Bun B if they could make a remix of the 2005 hit "3 Kings" for the Rockets, and the pair came through in just one day.
The two did a concert before Houston's first-round playoff game against Portland across the street from the Toyota Center and dropped the track, which mentions several players by name, to wrap up the show as Morey bobbed his head and sang along.
Slim Thug tells The Associated Press: "Just wanted to support the team. Bun B gave me a call and said that the general manager liked the 3 Kings so we just got together real quick and made a remix for it just to show love for our team."
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