OAKLAND, California (AP):Klay Thompson scored 37 points as fellow ‘Splash Brother’ Stephen Curry watched injured and the Golden State Warriors again dominated without their MVP to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 118-106 on Sunday in Game One of the Western Conference semi-finals.Draymond Green had his second career postseason triple-double with 23 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists for the defending champions.With Curry sidelined because of a sprained right knee, Green and Thompson took charge again. Thompson hit seven more three-pointers to become the first player in NBA history to make at least seven threes in three straight playoff games.Game Two of the best-of-seven series is tonight at Oracle Arena.Golden State reserve Anderson Varejao and Portland’s Gerald Henderson were ejected late in the third quarter after receiving their second technical foulsPortland’s Damian Lillard had another slow start back home in the Bay Area, missing 11 of his first 13 shots before finishing with 30 points – 10 on free throws.HEAT 106, HORNETS 73Goran Dragic scored 25 points, Gerald Green added 16 and Miami ended Charlotte’s season, beating the Hornets in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference first-round series.The Heat will open the second round at Toronto tonight.Luol Deng scored 15 points, Dwyane Wade added 12 and Hassan Whiteside had 10 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks for the Heat. They have won their last four Game Sevens – each of the previous three coming along the way to winning NBA championships.Frank Kaminsky scored 12 points for Charlotte.RAPTORS 89, PACERS 84DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 rebounds and 10 points and Toronto beat Indiana in Game Seven of the first-round series.Rookie Norman Powell added 13 points, Kyle Lowry had 11 points and nine assists and Patrick Patterson had 11 points to help Toronto win a seven-game series for the first time in franchise history.The Raptors won their first postseason series since a five-game triumph over the New York Knicks in 2001, ending the NBA’s longest active drought between playoff series victories.Paul George led Indiana with 26 points and 12 rebounds, George Hill scored 19 points and Monta Ellis had 15.
Rain-ruined Test heads for drawSYDNEY, Australia (CMC):Cricket Australia announced that the last day of the third and final Test against West Indies will be free to spectators, as the rain-ruined affair appeared destined for draw following a second straight wash-out here yesterday.The adverse weather, which forced the abandonment of the third day, ensured the fourth’s day play was similarly abandoned without a ball bowled at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Only 11.2 overs were possible on the second day on Monday.Some showers have been forecast for the final day but once play is possible, CA is set to allow patrons in free to witness the final rites and Australia lifting the Sir Frank Worrell Trophy. Patrons will be refunded for the two abandoned days.West Indies ended day two on 248 for seven with opener Kraigg Brathwaite top-scoring with 85 and all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite getting 69. Denesh Ramdin is not out on 30.Australia lead the series 2-0 after winning the opener in Hobart by an innings and 212 runs and following up with a 177-run victory in Melbourne.Sammy’s Hurricanes lose againMELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):West Indies Twenty20 skipper Darren Sammy was powerless to stop his Hobart Hurricanes from sliding to a second straight defeat – an eight-wicket loss to Melbourne Stars here yesterday. Sent in at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Hurricanes were limited to 124 all out off their 20 overs, with George Bailey top-scoring with 55 from 40 deliveries.Sammy gathered 17 from 14 balls to be one of just four batsmen in double figures as leg-spinner Adam Zampa (2-18) and seamer Scott Boland (2-26) stifled the innings.In reply, Glenn Maxwell smashed an unbeaten 56 from 32 balls, while in-form Englishman Luke Wright gathered 51 not out from 41 deliveries, as Stars cantered to their target with five overs left to spare. Sammy’s one over of medium pacer went for six runs.10 radio stations to broadcast Super50ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):Radio stations across 10 Caribbean countries have agreed to carry live commentary of the NAGICO Super50 championship which begins today. The West Indies Cricket Board announced that the region’s premier one-day cricket tournament will be broadcast on radio stations in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago.GEM Radio Five Limited, part of the One Caribbean Media Group, is coordinating the broadcast, headed by noted commentator Andrew Mason.”We decided to make the commentary feeds available at no cost to the broadcasters in order to ensure that the matches are carried live in all the territories,” general manager, GEM Radio Five Limited, Richard Purcell, said.”By so doing, we are keeping alive the great West Indian tradition of listening to cricket on radio.”