Sixers rip Raptors for 2-1 lead...Bruins, Avalanche even series...Strasburg fastest to 1,500 Ks
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) scored 33 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Philadelphia 76ers rolled to a 116-95 win over the Toronto Raptors to take a 2-1 lead in the NBA’s Eastern Conference finals. Embiid went 9 of 18 from the floor and made 12 of 13 free throws following two passive games in Toronto. Jimmy Butler added 22 points for the 76ers, who opened the fourth quarter on an 11-1 run to go ahead by 22.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES’ BEHR’-zhuh-rahn) scored two power-play goals, including the game-winner as the Boston Bruins knocked off the Blue Jackets, 4-1 in Columbus to tie the NHL second-round series at two games apiece. Bergeron put the B’s ahead 2-0 7:18 into the game, less than four minutes after David Pastrnak (PAHS’-tur-nahk) opened the scoring. Tuukka (TOO’-kah) Rask stopped 39 shots and blanked the Blue Jackets after Artemi Panarin (ahr-TEH’-mee pah-NAH’-rihn) beat him at 8:46 of the opening period.
DENVER (AP) — Philipp Grubauer stopped 32 shots for his first career playoff shutout as the Colorado Avalanche beat the San Jose Sharks, 3-0 to even the NHL second-round series at two games apiece. Nathan MacKinnon ran his point straight to eight games with a second-period goal that opened the scoring. Colin Wilson gave Colorado a two-goal cushion with a power-play goal early in the third period, and Erik Johnson added an empty-netter with 1:09 remaining.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Steven Strasburg cooled off the St. Louis Cardinals while becoming the fastest pitcher to 1,500 strikeouts. Strasburg fanned nine while allowing a run and six hits over 6 2/3 innings to pitch the Washington Nationals past the Redbirds, 2-1. The right-hander got opposing pitcher Dakota Hudson looking in the fifth inning for his eighth strikeout of the day and the 1,500th of his career. He reached the milestone 17 2/3 innings faster than Chris Sale in 2017.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians are reviewing medical results of Corey Kluber’s broken right arm and will place him on the 10-day injured list while providing an update Friday before the opener of a three-game series against the Mariners. Based on the initial diagnosis, and assuming there’s no other damage, Kluber will likely miss more than one month to allow his ulna bone to heal.