DENVER (AP) – Andre Iguodala (ihg-ah-DAH’-lah) scored 25 points and had 12 rebounds as the Nuggets held off the Warriors 107-100 to force a Game 6 in the NBA’s Western Conference quarterfinal series Thursday at Golden State. Ty Lawson chipped in 19 points and 10 assists, while Wilson Chandler also scored 19 points. Harrison Barnes had a team-high 23 points for the Warriors, who cut a 22-point deficit to five before losing.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Memphis Grizzlies have taken a three-games-to-two lead in the NBA’s Western Conference finals by winning their third in a row against the Los Angeles Clippers. Zach Randolph scored 10 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and finished with 11 rebounds as Grizzlies held on to beat the Clippers 103-93 in Los Angeles. Marc Gasol (gah-SAHL’) finished with 21 points and eight rebounds for Memphis, while Mike Conley chipped in 20 points and six assists.
CHICAGO (AP) – Bryan Bickell scored at 16:35 of overtime as the Chicago Blackhawks topped Minnesota 2-1 in Game 1 of the NHL’s Western Conference quarterfinals. Corey Crawford handled 26 shots and blanked the Wild after Cal Clutterbuck scored 4:48 into the game. Marian Hossa (HOH’-sah) scored the game-tying goal for the Hawks, who are seeking their fifth Stanley Cup and second in four years.
ST. LOUIS (AP) – St. Louis won its Stanley Cup playoff opener as a giveaway by reigning Stanley Cup MVP Jonathan Quick allowed the Blues to score a short-handed goal and beat Los Angeles 2-1 in overtime. Quick was trying to retrieve a loose puck behind his net when Alex Steen swept in and stole it before scoring on a wraparound at 13:26 of OT. Quick was otherwise outstanding, making 35 saves in regulation and allowing the Kings to stay in the game long enough for Justin Williams to tie it with 31.6 seconds left in regulation.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Teemu Selanne (TAY’-moo seh-LAH’-nee) scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period as the Anaheim Ducks beat Detroit 3-1 in the opener of the Western Conference quarterfinal series. Nick Bonino also notched a power-play goal for the Ducks, who didn’t seal the victory until Francois Beauchemin (BOH’-sheh-mihn) scored an empty-netter. Jonas Hiller made 21 saves and was perfect after Daniel Cleary tied the game 1-1 late in the first period.