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TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Raptors have a three-games-to-two lead in the NBA's Eastern Conference semifinals after Kawhi (kah-WY') Leonard delivered 21 points and 13 rebounds in a 125-89 romp over the Philadelphia 76ers. Pascal Siakam (see-A'-kam) scored 25 points for the Raptors, who outscored the 76ers 37-17 in the second quarter to take a 64-43 halftime lead. Toronto shot 16 for 40 from 3-point range and led by as many as 40 in its second straight win.
DENVER (AP) — Nikola Jokic (nee-KOH'-lah YOH'-kihch) dropped in 25 points and tied a team playoff high with 19 rebounds as the Denver Nuggets blasted the Portland Trail Blazers, 124-98 to take a three-games-to-two lead in the NBA's Western Conference semifinals. Paul Millsap scored 19 of his 24 points in the first half of the first lopsided game of the series. Denver never trailed in taking a three-games-to-two lead leading by 18 at the half and 28 heading into the final period.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Blues have advanced to the NHL's Western Conference final as Pat Maroon scored 5:50 into overtime to give his team a Game 7 win over the Dallas Stars. Maroon slammed the puck past Ben Bishop who was otherwise outstanding while making 52 saves. Jordan Binnington stopped 29 shots and blanked the Stars after Mats Zuccarello (zoo-kah-REH'-loh) beat him in the first period.
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Ken Holland has left the Detroit Red Wings to become the Edmonton Oilers' general manager and president of hockey operations. He led the Red Wings to 25 straight playoff appearances and four Stanley Cup titles before the team's current three-year dry spell. Holland inherits a team that has made the playoffs just once since advancing to the 2006 Stanley Cup final.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers say the club's medical staff is conducting a "thorough evaluation" of defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who was treated and released from a hospital after a single-car crash last Thursday. ESPN reported that Pierre-Paul may have suffered a neck fracture that could sideline him all of next season. He had 12½ sacks last season to become the first Tampa Bay player to have 10 or more in a season since Simeon Rice in 2005.
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