NEW YORK (AP) – Brook Lopez and Deron Williams each had double-doubles as the Brooklyn Nets downed Chicago 110-91 to force a sixth game in the NBA first-round series. Lopez finished with 28 points and 10 rebounds, while Williams delivered 23 points and 10 assists to help the Nets win for the first time since the series opener. Andray Blatche (AHN’-dray blach) provided 10 of his 13 points while the Nets outscored the Bulls 33-18 in the final period, one game after Brooklyn blew a 14-point lead over the last four minutes of regulation and lost in triple-overtime.
ATLANTA (AP) – Josh Smith scored 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Hawks beat Indiana 102-91. The Pacers cut a 17-point halftime deficit to 84-79 with less than five minutes left before Smith swished a rare 3-pointer. Kyle Korver finished with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting, and Al Horford added 18 points for the winners
HOUSTON (AP) – Chandler Parsons scored 27 points and Houston avoided a four-game sweep by defeating Oklahoma City 105-103. The Thunder had two chances to tie it in the final seconds, but Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH’-kah) grabbed a rebound off a Reggie Jackson jumper and missed a layup at the buzzer. Oklahoma City failed to close out the series despite Kevin Durant, who shot 12-for-16 and finished with 38 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Brandon Moss hit his second home run of the game in the bottom of the 19th inning early today to give the Oakland Athletics a 10-8 win over the visiting Angels of Los Angeles. The game lasted 6 hours and 32 minutes and was the longest of the season so far in Major League Baseball. It was the longest game the A’s have ever played in their home park.
UNDATED (AP) – Washington Wizards center and 12-year NBA veteran Jason Collins is receiving accolades after becoming the first active player from one of the four U.S. major pro sports leagues to acknowledge he’s gay. President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton spoke of Collins’ courage, tennis great Martina Navratilova called him a pioneer, Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers compared him to Jackie Robinson and Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash simply tweeted, “The time has come.”