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Champs are out of Stanley Cup chase...Clippers lose game and guard Chris Paul to broken hand



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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The defending Stanley Cup champions are out of the NHL playoffs. The St. Louis Blues edged the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 to win a Game 7 that decided that opening round NHL playoff series. Ex-Blackhawk Troy Brouwer (BROW'-ur) tapped in his own rebound to snap a third-period tie for the Blues.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP)— The L.A. Clippers suffered a double loss in Portland last night. They dropped a 98-84 playoff game to the Trail Blazers that ties that Western Conference series at two games apiece. In addition, Clippers guard Chris Paul broke a bone in his right hand midway through the third quarter after scoring 16 points.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — It's San Antonio vs. Oklahoma City in one Western Conference semifinal. The Thunder advanced by eliminating Dallas in five games, 118-104. Russell Westbrook led the way with 36 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists. Kevin Durant added 33 points and seven rebounds.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — It's all even in the Charlotte-Miami series at two games apiece. The Hornets squared the series by beating the Heat 89-85 behind a playoff career-high 34 points from Kemba Walker.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State's sharpshooting guard Stephen (STEH'-fihn) Curry, the reigning MVP of the NBA, will be sidelined at least two weeks with sprained knee ligaments suffered Sunday night. The Warriors are doing fine without Curry, holding a 3-1 series lead over Houston entering tomorrow's Game 5 in Oakland.

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