(Minneapolis, MN) — James Harden scored 22 of his 36 points during a 50-point third quarter as the Rockets routed the Timberwolves 119-100 in Game Four of their West quarterfinal series at Target Center. The 50 points are the second-most in NBA playoff history, one shy of the record set by the Lakers in 1962. Chris Paul posted 25 points and Clint Capela had 14 to go with 17 rebounds for Houston, which takes a commanding three-games-to-one lead in the best-of-seven series. The Rockets host Game Five tomorrow.
Rockets’ 50-Point Third Quarter Second-Most All-Time
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Rockets’ 50-point third quarter against the Timberwolves is the second-most in NBA playoff history. Up one at halftime, the Rockets outscored the Wolves 50-to-20 in the third quarter en route to a 119-100 win and a commanding 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinal. James Harden scored 22 of his game-high 36 points in the third, which set a franchise playoff record.
Jazz Storm Past Thunder In Game Four
(Salt Lake City, UT) — Donovan Mitchell led the way with 33 points as the Jazz clobbered the Thunder 113-96 in Game Four of their first-round series in Salt Lake City. Utah outscored OKC by 12 in the second quarter and 11 in the third to storm ahead. Joe Ingles scored 20 in the win, including a team-high five three-pointers. The Jazz now have a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Paul George paced the Thunder with 32 points, while Russell Westbrook added 23 with 14 rebounds. Oklahoma City will look to avoid elimination when it hosts Game Five on Wednesday.
Houston Rockets 119, Minnesota Timberwolves 100
(Rockets lead best-of-seven West quarterfinal, 3-1)
Utah Jazz 113, Oklahoma City Thunder 96
(Jazz lead best-of-seven West quarterfinal, 3-1)
A’s Rout Rangers With Six-Run Ninth
(Arlington, TX) — Marcus Semien’s go-ahead, solo homer sparked a six-run ninth inning as the A’s went on to beat the Rangers 9-4 at Globe Life Park. Robinson Chirinos clubbed a two-run homer for Texas, which is just 3-and-11 at home and 8-and-16 overall. Kevin Jepsen fell to 0-and-3 with the loss in relief.
Rangers Resume Series With A’s
(Arlington, TX) — The Rangers and A’s resume their three-game series tonight in Arlington. Cole Hamels will take the hill for Texas. Oakland will counter with right-hander Andrew Triggs. Our pregame begins this evening at 6:30 on 710AM and 97.5FM KGNC.
Astros Blanked By Angels
(Houston, TX) — The Astros managed seven hits but no runs in a 2-0 loss to the Angels at Minute Maid Park. Jose Altuve had two hits for the Astros, who saw their six-game winning streak come to an end. Gerrit Cole gave up two runs over seven frames to fall to 2-and-1 with the loss.
MLB National League
Cincinnati Reds 10, Atlanta Braves 4
San Diego Padres 13, Colorado Rockies 5
Los Angeles Dodgers 2, Miami Marlins 1
San Francisco Giants 4, Washington Nationals 2
MLB American League
New York Yankees 14, Minnesota Twins 1
Cleveland Indians 2, Baltimore Orioles 1
Oakland Athletics 9, Texas Rangers 4
Los Angeles Angels 2, Houston Astros 0
Chicago White Sox 10, Seattle Mariners 4
Caps Advance, Bruins-Leafs Headed To Game Seven
(Undated) — The Capitals are into the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, while the Bruins and Maple Leafs are headed to a Game Seven. Washington won 6-3 at Columbus to win that first-round series, 4-2. Toronto topped Boston 3-1 to even that series at three games apiece. Boston will host the series decider on Wednesday.
David Irving Girlfriend: I Was Never Abused, Made False Allegations
(Frisco, TX) — The girlfriend of Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving is now retracting claims of domestic abuse. Angela Sanchez released a statement yesterday saying she made comments to Frisco police about possible domestic violence because of an argument with Irving. Sanchez says she was very emotional and upset but noted Irving never hurt her.
Cowboys Pick Up Jones’ Option
(Frisco, TX) — The Cowboys are picking up the fifth-year option on safety Byron Jones’ contract. It keeps him in Dallas for at least two more seasons. Jones racked up 82 tackles and one interception last year. He hasn’t missed a game in his first three seasons. In other team news, defensive end Benson Mayowa has signed a one-year deal with Arizona, after playing the last two seasons with the Cowboys.
NFL Draft Starts Thursday
(Arlington, TX) — The 2018 NFL Draft kicks off on Thursday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. The three-day event will feature the first round on Thursday, rounds two and three on Friday, and rounds four-through-seven on Saturday. The Cowboys own the 19th overall pick in round one. The Browns hold the top pick.
Bills Give NFL Draft Tickets To North Texas Fan With Cancer
(Arlington, TX) — Two North Texas brothers will attend the NFL Draft this week, courtesy of the Buffalo Bills. Jaime and Ezra Castro are both huge football fans, but Jaime supports the Cowboys and Ezra roots for the Bills. The NFL provided 50 tickets for each team to distribute to fans for admission to the interior of AT&T Stadium for a close-up view of the draft picks. The Bills gave Ezra all 50 of their tickets when they learned he’s battling an aggressive form of cancer. He gave most of the tickets to members of the Bills fan club in North Texas.
“Gronk” Won’t Run In Kentucky Derby After All
(Undated) — Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski’s namesake won’t be running in the Kentucky Derby after all. The Phoenix Thoroughbred ownership group says “Gronk” was recently treated for a fever and will not travel to Churchill Downs for the first leg of the Triple Crown on May 5th. Gronkowski recently bought a minority stake in the colt.