Cavs go up 3-2...Rockets stay alive...Lightning move on...NFL investigator fires back

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CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers own a 3-2 lead in the NBA's Eastern Conference semifinals after LeBron James and Kyrie Irving led them to a 106-101 triumph over the Chicago Bulls. James showed no effects from a sprained left ankle as he delivered 38 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and no turnovers in 41 minutes. Irving added 25 points despite playing with a sprained right foot and tendinitis in his left knee.

HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden had a triple-double and the Houston Rockets forced a Game 6 in the NBA's Western Conference semifinals by crushing the Los Angeles Clippers 124-103. Harden finished with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, while Dwight Howard added 20 points and 15 rebounds to help the Rockets bounce back from back-to-back blowout losses in L.A. The Clippers lost despite Blake Griffin's 30 points and 16 rebounds.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning have advanced to the NHL's Eastern Conference finals after Nikita Kucherov (KOO'-cheh-rahv) scored twice and had an assist in a 4-1 triumph over the Montreal Canadiens. Kucherov provided the game's first and last goals and set up Ondrej Palat (AHN'-dray pah-LAHT') for a power-play tally. Steven Stamkos also scored and Ben Bishop needed to make just 18 saves to help the Lightning earn a meeting with the New York Rangers or Washington Capitals.

NEW YORK (AP) — The lawyer who investigated the New England Patriots insists that he found direct evidence to show quarterback Tom Brady knew team employees were deflating footballs. Ted Wells said in a conference call with reporters today his findings would have been strong enough to convince a jury under the "preponderance of evidence" standard, which is used in many civil cases.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Colorado Rockies absorbed their 10th consecutive loss on Tuesday, matching the third-longest losing streak in team history and three off the team record. Kyle Kendrick tossed seven strong innings before the Los Angeles Angels scored three times in the eighth off Rafael Betancourt to beat the Rockies 5-2. Johnn Giovatella singled home the tiebreaking run and scored on Matt Joyce's two-run double after C.J. Wilson tossed eight innings of five-hit ball.

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