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UNDATED (AP) -- The Golden State Warriors posted the NBA's best regular-season record at 67-15, but they had a little trouble closing out a Game 1 victory in the Western Conference quarterfinals against New Orleans.

The Warriors saw a 25-point, fourth-quarter lead dwindle to four in the final minute before completing a 106-99 triumph over New Orleans. Stephen (STEH'-fehn) Curry scored 34 points, Klay Thompson chipped in 21 and Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut (BOH'-guht) had double-doubles. Green finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Bogut added 12 points, 14 boards and five assists.

Anthony Davis allowed the Pelicans to trim their deficit by scoring 20 of his game-high 35 points in the fourth quarter. Quincy Pondexter had 20 points and nine rebounds for New Orleans, which stays in Oakland for Game 2 on Monday.

In other NBA playoff openers:

-- Corey Brewer scored 13 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter of Houston's 118-108 victory against Dallas. Brewer nailed three 3-pointers in about three minutes before adding another three points when he made a layup and a free throw to give Houston a 109-95 lead with three minutes left. James Harden had a team-high 24 points for the Rockets. Game 2 is Tuesday in Houston.

-- Derrick Rose shot 9-for-16 and had 23 points and seven assists to help the Chicago Bulls beat Milwaukee 103-91. It was Rose's first playoff game since suffering a severe knee injury in the opener of the 2012 playoffs. Jimmy Butler finished with 25 points for the Bulls, who had 52 rebounds and held the Bucks to 39 percent shooting. The Bulls host Game 2 Monday.

-- Paul Pierce scored five of his 20 points in overtime to lead Washington's 93-86 win at Toronto. Pierce went 4-of-7 from 3-point range to help the Wizards rebound from blowing a 15-point lead in the final nine minutes in regulation. Amir Johnson scored 18 points and DeMar DeRozan had 15 for the Raptors, who have yet to win the opening game of a first-round series in seven postseason appearances. Toronto will try to knot the series at home on Tuesday.


UNDATED (AP) -- The New York Rangers entered the Stanley Cup playoffs as heavy favorites against the Pittsburgh Penguins. But the Pens will head home after earning a split of the first two games.

Sidney Crosby scored twice while the Pens scored three unanswered goals in a 4-3 victory at Madison Square Garden. Brandon Sutter tied the game with Pittsburgh's first power-play goal before Crosby netted a pair 4:39 apart late in the middle period.

Chris Kunitz (KOO'-nihts) added a power-play goal and two assists to support Marc-Andre Fleury, who stopped 23 shots.

Derek Stepan (STEP'-ahn) had a goal and an assist for the Rangers, who play in the Steel City on Monday night.

In other playoff action:

-- Anaheim pulled off a third-period comeback for the second straight game as Jakob Silfverberg scored with 21 seconds left to lift the Ducks past the Jets 2-1. The Jets had a 1-0 lead on Adam Pardy's second-period goal before Patrick Maroon tied it with a power-play tally 10:43 into the third. Frederik Andersen turned back 28 shots for the Ducks, who will be in Winnipeg for Game 3 on Monday.

-- Tyler Johnson scored twice and Ben Bishop picked up his first career playoff victory as the Lightning whipped the Red Wings 5-1 to tie the series at a game apiece. Alex Killorn provided the game-winner and Valtteri Filppula (val-TEHR'-ee FIHL'-puh-luh) had a goal and an assist to support Bishop's 23-save effort.

-- St. Louis and Minnesota are knotted at a game apiece after Vladimir Tarasenko registered his first career hat trick in the Blues' 4-1 triumph over the Wild. Tarasenko scored twice in a 4:43 span of the first period and completed his hat trick with an empty-netter. Patrik Berglund had the Blues' other goal and Jake Allen stopped 25 shots in his first career playoff win.


UNDATED (AP) -- The Edmonton Oilers will be picking first in the June 26 NHL draft.

The Oilers have won the draft lottery for the fourth time since 2010, giving them the right to select Erie Otters star center Connor McDavid. Edmonton entered the lottery with an 11.5 percent chance to win after finishing with the league's third-worst record in the regular season.

The Buffalo Sabres have the second pick and likely will choose Boston University forward Jack Eichel. They had a 20 percent chance to win the lottery after compiling the worst record.

Arizona will pick third, followed by Toronto, Carolina and New Jersey.


UNDATED (AP) -- Nashville defenseman Shea Weber won't travel to Chicago for Games 3 and 4 of their Western Conference first-round series due to what the team describes as a lower-body injury suffered in Friday's 6-2 victory.

Meanwhile, Chicago rookie goalie Scott Darling gets the start in place of Corey Crawford in Game 3. Darling relieved Crawford in Game 1 after the veteran gave up three goals on 12 shots. Darling stopped all 42 shots he faced the rest of the way in the Blackhawks double overtime win.


-- Capitals goalie Braden Holtby says he's ready to return for Game 3 of their first-round playoff series Sunday against the New York Islanders. He pulled himself from the lineup for Game 2 because of an illness.


LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll was released from jail Friday night after his arrest for suspected cocaine possession at a Las Vegas resort.

KSNV-TV of Las Vegas reports Stoll was released on $5,000 bond from the Clark County Detention Center. He is accused of possession of controlled substances, including cocaine and Ecstasy.

He was arrested late Friday afternoon at the MGM Grand Hotel's Wet Republic pool complex.


UNDATED (AP) -- The New York Mets own the second-best record in the majors leagues right now, thanks to their longest winning streak in five years.

Jacob deGrom (deh-GRAHM') tossed seven shutout innings and the Mets picked up their seventh straight win by holding off Miami 5-4. DeGrom left with a 5-0 lead after holding the Marlins to six hits and no walks while striking out eight. He has a 0.93 ERA through three starts and hasn't allowed a run since the first inning of his season debut, a span of 18 innings.

Wilmer Flores hit a two-run homer and Travis d'Arnaud (dahr-NOH') poked a solo shot for the 9-3 Mets, who are 6-0 at home.

On the other side of the baseball spectrum are the defending World Series champs. The San Francisco Giants had dropped eight straight before Chris Heston gave up a run and five hits over 7 2/3 innings to lead a 4-1 victory against Arizona. Brandon Crawford smacked a two-run homer and Joe Panik was 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored for the 4-9 Giants.

Elsewhere around the majors:

-- The Los Angeles Dodgers stretched their winning streak to six games as Adrian Gonzalez drove in three runs to lead a 6-3 win over Colorado. Yasiel Puig (YAH'-see-ul pweeg) and Howie Kendrick hit RBI doubles in the seventh after the Rockies pulled within 4-3 on D.J. LeMahieu's (leh-MAY'-hyooz) two-run homer.

-- Felix Hernandez was outstanding in Seattle's 3-1 verdict over Texas, holding the Rangers to a run and two hits while fanning 12 in seven innings. Mike Zunino broke a 1-1 deadlock with a solo homer in the fifth, an inning before Brad Miller's RBI triple.

-- The Chicago White Sox jumped on Anibal (AH'-nih-bahl) Sanchez in a 12-3 pounding of the Tigers. Sanchez surrendered nine earned runs and was pulled after Jose Abreu's (ah-BRAY'-ooz) grand slam with one out in the fourth, one inning after Adam LaRoche launched a three-run blast.

-- Josh Reddick belted a three-run homer while Oakland scored five times in the fifth inning of a 5-0 shutout of Kansas City. Jesse Hahn and Jesse Chavez combined on a seven-hitter as the Athletics recorded their fifth shutout in 12 games.

-- Masahiro Tanaka (mah-sah-HEE'-roh tah-NAH'-kah) was superb in the New York Yankees' 9-0 laugher at Tampa Bay, holding the Rays to two hits and no walks while striking out eight in seven innings. Brian McCann was 3-for-4 with two RBIs, and Chris Young launched a grand slam during a seven-run seventh that broke it open.

-- Starling Marte (mahr-TAY') homered for the second game in a row and collected a career-high five RBIs as Pittsburgh thumped Milwaukee 6-2. The Brewers have dropped four straight to fall to 2-9, their worst 11-game start since 2002.

-- Dallas Keuchel (KY'-kul) and three relievers combined on a three-hitter as Houston blanked the Angels 4-0. Robbie Grossman and George Springer homered to back Keuchel, who is 2-0 after allowing two hits while striking out seven in six innings.

-- Kris Bryant collected his first two major league hits and reached base five times in the Chicago Cubs' 7-6, 11-inning win over San Diego. Bryant's first hit was an RBI single, and he also had an infield single in the 11th before Starlin Castro won it with a single.

-- Chris Tillman combined with three relievers on a seven-hitter as Baltimore downed the Red Sox 4-1 in Boston. Chris Davis gave the Orioles breathing room with a two-run homer in the ninth after Manny Machado and Caleb Joseph drove in fourth-inning runs.

-- Odubel Herrera had three hits and scored twice as Philadelphia beat Washington 5-3 to end a six-game losing streak Freddy Galvis had a pair of RBI singles for the Phillies, who had scored just 13 runs during the losing skid before ending the Nationals' three-game winning streak.

-- Toronto beat Atlanta 6-5 on Josh Donaldson's third homer in two days, a leadoff blast in the bottom of the 10th. Jose Bautista hit a two-run shot as the Blue Jays handed the Braves their first road loss.

-- Jason Heyward hit his first home run for St. Louis and Matt Carpenter drove in two runs in a 5-2 win over Cincinnati. Carlos Martinez allowed only a run and three hits in six innings of the Cardinals' fourth straight win.

-- Danny Salazar matched his career high with 10 strikeouts while pitching into the seventh inning of Cleveland's 4-2 victory over Minnesota. Roberto Perez had a home run among his three hits for the Indians, and Jason Kipnis stopped an 0-for-16 slide with an RBI single.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Fox Sports says it is hiring Pete Rose as a special guest analyst. The move comes as the all-time career hits leader awaits a response from his reinstatement request.

Rose agreed to the lifetime ban in August 1989 after a Major League Baseball investigation concluded he bet on the Reds to win while managing the team.

Rose applied for reinstatement shortly after new Commissioner Rob Manfred took over in January.


HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) -- Troy Merritt shot a 2-under 69 to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the RBC Heritage. Merritt stands at 14-under as he pursues his first win on the PGA Tour.

Defending champion Matt Kuchar (KOO'-chur) shot a 68 and is in a tie for second with Brendon Todd and Kevin Kisner.

Masters champ Jordan Spieth (SPEETH) posted a 68 and trails by five shots.


KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) -- Sei Young Kim holed out from 154 yards for eagle on the first hole of a playoff to beat Inbee Park and win the Lotte Championship.

The 22-year-old Kim became the first two-time winner on the LPGA Tour this year. She closed with a 1-over 73 in wind gusting to 30 mph at Ko Olina to match Park at 11-under 277.


ATLANTA (AP) -- Olin Browne's 8-under 64 has earned him the lead after two rounds of the Champions Tour's Greater Gwinnett Championship. His 12-under total gives Browne a one-shot lead over Bernhard Langer, who also posted a 64.

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