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OAKLAND, Calif.—Stephen Curry hit seven straight shots, including a pair of 3-pointers, in a third-quarter flurry Sunday night, May 20, that broke open a competitive game and sent the Golden State Warriors to a 126-85 blowout win over the Houston Rockets in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals. Curry, who had been held to a total of 34 points in the first two games of the series, exploded for 35 points in 34 minutes, propelling the Warriors into a 2-1 lead over the top-seeded Rockets in the best-of-seven series.
WILLIAMSBURG, Va.—Ariya Jutanugarn needed two playoff holes to capture the weather-shortened LPGA Tour's Kingsmill Championship on Sunday, May 20, defeating Nasa Hataoka and In Gee Chun. Jutanugarn, the Thai star who won for the eighth time in her career and the second time at this tournament, birdied the second playoff hole to edge Hataoka. They had both birdied the first playoff hole, eliminating Chun, who parred the hole.
MINNEAPOLIS—Minnesota Twins outfielder Jake Cave homered in his second major-league at-bat, but Christian Yelich broke a late tie with a home run of his own Saturday night, May 19, lifting the Milwaukee Brewers to a 5-4 victory. Jesus Aguilar bombed his third home run in two nights for the Brewers, who ran their interleague record to 5-1 with a second-consecutive win over the Twins.
CLEVELAND—LeBron James finished with 27 points and 12 assists to lead the host Cleveland Cavaliers sprung to life with a 116-86 win against the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday night, May 19. Kyle Korver had 14 points and Kevin Love added 13 with 14 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who lost the first two games of the series on the road in Boston. George Hill totaled 13 points, JR Smith had 11 and Tristan Thompson scored 10.
TAMPA, Fla.—A sterling start to each of the first two periods gave the Tampa Bay Lightning all the push they needed to win Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals, defeating the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Saturday night, May 19, at Amalie Arena. For the first time, the Lightning lead the series and take a 3-2 edge into Game 6 on Monday night in Washington. Cedric Paquette scored 19 seconds into the game and Ryan Callahan scored 33 seconds into the second period for the Lightning, which have won three games in a row.
CONCORD, N.C.—Kevin Harvick has dominated NASCAR this season, and there was no reason to think he wouldn't do it again at Saturday night's All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. On a restart with two laps to go, Harvick chose the outside lane, and the help of Ford stablemate Joey Logano pushed him past Daniel Suarez and into the lead. That move was worth a cool $1 million when Harvick held off Suarez for his second victory in the All-Star Race.
BALTIMORE—Justify sped to the front out of the gate, battled with Good Magic until the turn for home, and pulled away in the stretch before holding off late-running Bravazo in the final strides to win the 143rd Preakness Stakes on Saturday afternoon, May 19, at a foggy, muddy Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. The Bob Baffert-trained colt won has won all five of his career starts—three of them in the off-going, with all five of those wins over the past 17 weeks.
MINNEAPOLIS—Jesus Aguilar drove in three runs with two home runs Friday night, May 18, powering the Milwaukee Brewers to an 8-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins in the opener of a three-game interleague series. Left-hander Brent Suter (3-3) pitched into the sixth inning, allowing just one run, to help the Brewers to their fourth win in five interleague games this season. The game pitted two teams each attempting to win for the 10th time in May. The Brewers improved to 10-5, while the Twins fell to 9-7.
LAS VEGAS—Reilly Smith's unassisted goal with 6:58 remaining sent the Vegas Golden Knights to a 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets and to the brink of the Stanley Cup Final in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals Friday night, May 18, at T-Mobile Arena. Smith converted off a turnover for his second goal of the postseason. It was only the fourth shot on goal of the period for Vegas. The Golden Knights, the expansion team that has exceeded expectations throughout the season, have won three games in a row since the Jets claimed the series opener.
MINNEAPOLIS—Dee Gordon scored the lone run and Jean Segura rapped two hits as the Seattle Mariners notched a 1-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night, May 14, at Target Field in Minneapolis. An eighth-inning throwing error by Twins first baseman Logan Morrison on Segura's sacrifice bunt allowed Gordon to score the decisive run. Four Seattle pitchers combined on a four-hitter to send Minnesota to its second-straight setback. Gordon led off the eighth inning with a double off Twins right-hander Trevor Hildenberger (1-1).