Post Up: CP3, Harden Snap Warriors’ Home Winning Streak

Rockets 95, Warriors 92 (Tied 2-2)

The Conference Finals finally gifted fans with a tight game, but it didn’t look that way at a first glance as the Golden State Warriors raced out to a 12-0 lead five minutes into the game four. A timely Mike D’Antoni timeout to recollect his squad and send in Eric Gordon reversed the Houston Rockets’ fortunes as they finished the first half on a 53-34 run to take a seven-point lead at the intermission.

Steph Curry came out and put on a show in the third quarter, scoring 17 points of his 28 total points. Curry nailed three 3’s en route to 11 points in a span of 1:36 late in the quarter to give Golden State the lead back.

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As a team, the Warriors scored 34 third quarter points; however, that deft shooting touch went AWOL in the final period as they missed their final five shots from the floor — the last of which was a Curry 3 at the buzzer — to conclude a 16-game postseason winning streak in Oakland.

Gordon’s 3-pointer with 2:27 to go extended Houston’s lead to five and effectively put the nail in the coffin as the last made field goal of the night. The Rockets outscored the Warriors 25-12 in the final period.

The Rockets’ backcourt duo of James Harden and Chris Paul shined when it mattered most, combining for 57 points, eight assists and four steals. Harden almost single-handedly led the first half comeback, scoring 24 of his 30 points before halftime.

Kevin Durant added 27 points and a team-high 12 rebounds for the Warriors.

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Yolmer Sanchez lifts White Sox over Orioles

CHICAGO — Once Kevin Gausman was out of the game, the Chicago White Sox put together another winning rally.

Yolmer Sanchez capped Chicago’s three-run eighth with a tiebreaking RBI single, lifting the White Sox to a 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night.

Welington Castillo also had an RBI single and Yoan Moncada added a sacrifice fly as last-place Chicago won for the fourth time in six games. Bruce Rondon (2-2) pitched a scoreless eighth and Nate Jones got three outs for his fourth save.

It was Chicago’s ninth comeback in 14 victories.

“We fight until the end,” Sanchez said. “The past is in the past. If we don’t get the result, we come back and do our best.”

Mark Trumbo went 4 for 4 with two doubles for Baltimore, which won 3-2 on Monday night in the series opener between two of the AL’s worst teams.

The last-place Orioles wasted a gem by Gausman, who matched a career high with 10 strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. The right-hander allowed nine hits and walked one.

“He was solid,” manager Buck Showalter said. “I mean, we’re just not scoring runs. That’s pretty much the story.”

Mychal Givens (0-1) replaced Gausman and got the last two outs in the seventh. But he ran into trouble in the eighth.

Daniel Palka led off with a triple that bounced off the glove of Trumbo in the right-field corner. Castillo followed with a run-scoring single.

After Leury Garcia struck out, Jose Rondon singled to put runners on first and third. Givens then walked light-hitting Adam …read more

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Yolmer Sanchez lifts White Sox over Orioles

CHICAGO — Once Kevin Gausman was out of the game, the Chicago White Sox put together another winning rally.

Yolmer Sanchez capped Chicago’s three-run eighth with a tiebreaking RBI single, lifting the White Sox to a 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night.

Welington Castillo also had an RBI single and Yoan Moncada added a sacrifice fly as last-place Chicago won for the fourth time in six games. Bruce Rondon (2-2) pitched a scoreless eighth and Nate Jones got three outs for his fourth save.

It was Chicago’s ninth comeback in 14 victories.

“We fight until the end,” Sanchez said. “The past is in the past. If we don’t get the result, we come back and do our best.”

Mark Trumbo went 4 for 4 with two doubles for Baltimore, which won 3-2 on Monday night in the series opener between two of the AL’s worst teams.

The last-place Orioles wasted a gem by Gausman, who matched a career high with 10 strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. The right-hander allowed nine hits and walked one.

“He was solid,” manager Buck Showalter said. “I mean, we’re just not scoring runs. That’s pretty much the story.”

Mychal Givens (0-1) replaced Gausman and got the last two outs in the seventh. But he ran into trouble in the eighth.

Daniel Palka led off with a triple that bounced off the glove of Trumbo in the right-field corner. Castillo followed with a run-scoring single.

After Leury Garcia struck out, Jose Rondon singled to put runners on first and third. Givens then walked light-hitting Adam …read more

Source:: Sportsnet.ca

High school baseball: Olympus wins a pair, marches along in 5A playoffs

KEARNS — Olympus won 20 straight games to end the regular season, but the momentum was immediately erased in the opening round of the 5A state tournament with a surprising loss to Bountiful.

One week later, the Titans are in the midst of another winning streak.

Olympus won a pair of games on Tuesday at Kearns High School, beating Timpanogos 5-2 in the first game and then Cottonwood 7-3 in the second game for its fifth straight victory in the 5A one-loss bracket.

“It’s huge for this group of seniors,” said Olympus coach Brent Burton, whose team advances to the final three of the 5A playoffs with the victories. “I’m proud of them for putting a little run together.”

Olympus got a great pitching performance from Jared Droubay in the nightcap, which included a 41-minute lightning delay, to eliminate defending 5A state champion Cottonwood.

The Titans have a quick turnaround with a game at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday at UVU against the loser of the 11 a.m. Skyridge-Jordan game.

Olympus will need to go deep into its pitching rotation to try to grind out a win on Wednesday. If it’s successful, it would advance to Friday’s championship game with its top two starters both available to pitch.

“We’ve got a lot of guys that have been big for us this year, guys like Ben Dellis and Nick Wankier, but we’ll have to piece it together a bit tomorrow, but it’s a good problem to have,” said Burton.

Tuesday’s game against Cottonwood was shaping up to be a pitching duel early between Droubay and Cottonwood’s Carson Angeroth.

Mother Nature had other ideas when lightning moved into the area, forcing a delay with one out in the bottom of the fourth and the game tied at 1-1.

Olympus did most of its damage immediately out of the 41-minute rain delay.

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News