UNDATED (AP) – Kevin Durant scored 35 points and hit a pair of jumpers in the final minute as Oklahoma City downed Memphis 93-91 in Game 1 of the NBA’s Western Conference semifinals. Indiana won its opener in the Eastern Conference semifinals as David West scored 20 points and Paul George added 19 in the Pacers’ 102-95 triumph over the Knicks in New York.
NEW YORK (AP) – P.J. Carlesimo (kar-LEHS’-eh-mo) has been dismissed as interim coach of the Brooklyn Nets, hours after the team was eliminated by the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Carlesimo guided the Nets to a 35-19 record and a No. 4 seed in the conference playoffs after replacing Avery Johnson in December.
UNDATED (AP) – The Pittsburgh Penguins and Minnesota Wild were overtime winners in yesterday’s Stanley Cup playoff action. Chris Kunitz scored his second power-play goal of the day to give the Pens a 5-4 win over the New York Islanders before the Wild knocked off Chicago 3-2 on Jason Zucker’s goal at 2:15 of OT. Jean-Gabriel Pageau (pah-ZHOH’) had a hat trick in Ottawa’s 6-1 win against Montreal, and VANCOUVER/SAN JOSE
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) – David Ragan (RAY’-gan) used a sweeping last-lap pass in overtime to pull off a huge upset victory at Talladega Superspeedway. He got a push from teammate David Gilliland to surge past Carl Edwards to the front. Ragan and Gilliland held on for a 1-2 finish for Front Row Motorsports.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Rookie Derek Ernst parred the first playoff hole to defeat David Lynn and win the PGA’s Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte. Both players closed with 2-under 70s for an 8-under total. Phil Mickelson shared the lead heading into the round before shooting a 73, leaving him one shot back.