The Golden State Warriors somehow withstood LeBron James’ latest brilliance on the NBA Finals stage.
A costly blunder by J.R. Smith and a disputed foul call involving James himself sure helped.
Stephen Curry scored 29 points and the Warriors capitalized on Smith’s mistake that sent the game into overtime Ray Nitschke Jersey , overcoming a 51-point performance by James to beat Cleveland 124-114 in Game 1.
The game nearly over, James jawed with both Curry and Klay Thompson, then Tristan Thompson and Draymond Green tangled moments later and made contact. After replay review, Tristan Thompson received a Flagrant 2 foul and ejection with 2.6 seconds left.
James was in utter disbelief as regulation ended stunningly: George Hill made the first of two free throws with 4.7 seconds left after being fouled by Klay Thompson, but when Smith secured the rebound of the second, he dribbled back toward halfcourt instead of shooting, apparently thinking the Cavs had a lead.
Smith insisted he knew the score. Green figured Smith was simply looking for James.
The Warriors then took over in overtime.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Adam Silver has encouraged the Philadelphia 76ers to both quickly and thoroughly resolve the investigation into whether team president Bryan Colangelo used Twitter inappropriately, a story that the NBA commissioner acknowledged was not one he wants to be thinking about during the league’s title series.
Silver, speaking before Game 1 of the Cleveland-Golden State matchup at the NBA Finals news conference, said he has talked with 76ers officials after the story about five Twitter accounts and how they were used was broken by The Ringer earlier this week.
The 76ers retained an independent law firm to determine whether Colangelo used the Twitter accounts. The situation could overshadow Philadelphia’s efforts this summer to land any of the top players who will be free agents – a list that includes LeBron James, who’s appearing in the NBA Finals for the eighth consecutive year.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Los Angeles Dodgers have learned how to win for long stretches without Clayton Kershaw and might need to do so again.
Jorge Alfaro drove in two runs, Aaron Nola pitched seven innings of two-hit ball and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Dodgers 2-1, spoiling Kershaw’s first start in almost a month.
Kershaw Matt Slauson Jersey , who returned after spending 30 days on the disabled list for left biceps tendinitis, admitted after the game another DL trip might be necessary – this time for a third back injury in three seasons. He is expected to undergo an MRI and will not travel with the team for this weekend’s series at Colorado.
Kershaw missed more than two months with a back issue in 2016, and a separate back problem last year cost him five weeks. He called that 2016 injury ”very, very severe” and said this one feels more like what he dealt with last season.
The Dodgers have gone 75-46 in the past three years without Kershaw, good for a .620 winning percentage. This year, the Dodgers were 14-12 without their ace.
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) – Hideki Matsuyama and Tiger Woods hit their stride at the end of their rounds at the Memorial, and it paid off in different ways.
Matsuyama was in the middle of the pack at Muirfield Village when he ran off four straight birdies and then holed out with a wedge from 130 yards on the 17th hole for an eagle that sent him to a 7-under 65 and a share of the lead with 19-year-old Joaquin Niemann of Chile and Abraham Ancer of Mexico.
Woods three-putted from 25 feet to fall to 3 over with five holes to play. He answered with three straight birdies – two of them on par 5s on the front nine – and got up-and-down from 62 yards on the ninth hole for a 72.
Niemann, who won the Latin America Amateur Championship in January, appears to be on the fast track to the PGA Tour. He turned pro after the Masters and already has a pair of top 10s in his four events. Another one this week might be enough to earn special temporary membership on the PGA Tour, meaning he would have unlimited exemptions to try to earn his card.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – The sun shone brightly at rain-soaked Shoal Creek. So did Ariya Jutanugarn, Sarah Jane Smith and Jeongeun6 Lee.
Jutanugarn, Smith and Lee each shot a 5-under 67 to share the first-round lead at the U.S. Women’s Open http://www.greenbaypackersteamonline.com/aaron-rodgers-jersey , where the course held up better than some feared after heavy rains in recent days.
Thailand’s Jutanugarn spent hours in front before Smith and Lee caught her in the evening.
Jutanugarn is coming off a Kingsmill Championship win and kept up the momentum, including an eagle on No. 6. She said she started focusing more on each shot instead of worrying about the big picture.
Jutanugarn and the Smith each had an eagle, five birdies and two bogeys. Lee, meanwhile, had five birdies on a course that has been drenched in recent weeks, forcing the cancellation of Tuesday’s practice round and limiting course time on the eve of the tournament.
Danielle Kang, 2014 winner Michelle Wie, Korean Ji-Hyun Kim and Swedish amateur Linn Grant were 3 under.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – The daughter of Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen announced her desire to take over the leadership role of the team and was informed she hasn’t met the criteria.
The Bowlen Trust issued a statement that said Beth Bowlen Wallace ”is not capable or qualified at this time.”
The team was placed in a trust when Pat Bowlen stepped down in 2014 because of Alzheimer’s. The trust is overseen by three people, including team president and CEO Joe Ellis, who has final say on day-to-day op
WINNIPEG, Manitoba — If you’d like to make the Vegas Golden Knights–Winnipeg Jets Western Conference final a little more interesting, go all-in on the expansion franchise.
Since 1973, the team that has captured a 2-1 lead in the semifinal has gone on to take the series 87.5 percent of the time DeShone Kizer Jersey , winning 35 of 43 encounters. After Wednesday night’s 4-2 victory, that puts the Golden Knights in the cat bird’s seat.
And the team that takes a 3-1 lead has gone on to win more than 90 percent of the time.
So, yeah, you could say Game 4 on Friday night at T-Mobile Arena is pretty much must-win territory for the visitors.
If the Jets are to have any chance of pulling this series out, they’re going to need some scoring from somebody not named Mark Scheifele. The No. 1 center has scored 14 of his team’s 50 goals thus far in the playoffs, a 28 percent clip, including both goals on Wednesday.
Scheifele would have had a hat trick if it weren’t for a couple of spectacular saves by Marc-Andre Fleury in the Golden Knights’ net. Scheifele’s 11 goals on the road are an NHL playoff record.
Forwards Patrik Laine, Bryan Little, Mathieu Perreault and Adam Lowry have been a shadow of their regular-season selves. Laine, who had 44 goals this year, has but four in the postseason and has hit a half-dozen posts.
Ehlers, who had 29 goals, has yet to notch one in 13 games and was a mysterious scratch on Wednesday night.
Little has one goal in 15 playoff games after producing 16 this season, Perreault has just a single point and Lowry hasn’t scored since December.
Scheifele Antonio Morrison Jersey , the Jets’ first No. 1 draft pick since relocating in 2011, wasn’t pointing fingers, choosing instead to praise the Golden Knights.
“We’re in the conference finals. They’re a good team, too,” he told The Winnipeg Sun. “They’re going to have their games, we’re going to have our games. We can’t sulk on this too long. We’ve got to pick ourselves up.”
If nothing else, it should be comforting to the Jets that home ice hasn’t been quite the advantage that most people assume it is. Road teams are 38-35 in these playoffs. On the flip side, the Golden Knights are 5-1 at home in the postseason.
There’s little question that Fleury has been the star for the home side. In addition to 33 saves on Wednesday, he also took part in a scrum in his crease.
But instead of planting his blocker in somebody’s face, he gave Jets captain Blake Wheeler a “wet willie” by sticking his finger in his ear.
“I did that?” Fleury said at his locker afterward. “There are cameras everywhere.”
The three-time Stanley Cup winner with the Pittsburgh Penguins has a 10-3 record and a sparkling .945 save percentage in the playoffs.
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