Suns advance...Bucks tie Nets...Isles prevail...Joker wins
June 14, 2021
PHOENIX (AP) — Chris Paul pumped in 37 points and the Phoenix Suns completed a four-game sweep in the NBA’s Western Conference semifinals by downing the Nuggets, 125-118 in Denver. Devin Booker had 34 points and 10 rebounds for the Suns, who are in the Western Conference Finals for the first time in 11 years. The Nuggets finish the game without reigning league MVP Nikola Jokic, who was ejected midway through the third quarter.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 34 points and the Milwaukee Bucks evened their Eastern Conference semifinal series at two games apiece with a 107-96 win over Brooklyn. Khris Middleton had 19 and the Bucks surged ahead with a 19-4 run in the first half. Nets guard Kyrie Irving missed the last 2 1/2 quarters after spraining his right ankle, making him questionable for Game 5 on Tuesday.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Semyon Varlamov stopped 30 shots and the New York Islanders took the opener of their Stanley Cup semifinal series by nipping the Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-1. Mat Barzal put the Islanders ahead to stay in the second period with his fourth goal in five games. Ryan Pulock’s third-period tally became the game-winner after Brayden Point notched a power-play goal for the defending Stanley Cup champs in the final minute.
PARIS (AP) — Novak Djokovic stormed back from a two-sets-to-love deficit to win the French Open for the second time. Djokovic rallied for a 6-7, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 win over Stefanos Tsitsipas for his 19th career Grand Slam title, one behind men’s all-time leaders Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Barbora Krejcikova became the first woman since Mary Pierce in 2000 to sweep the singles and doubles titles at Roland Garros.
RIDGELAND, S.C. (AP) — South Africa’s Garrick Higgo has earned his first PGA victory by taking the Palmetto Championship in South Carolina. Higgo went ahead when leader Chesson Hadley bogeyed his final three holes to lose his two-shot lead. The 22-year-old Higgo was making just his second tour start. Hadley had to settle for a second-place tie with Doc Redman, Hudson Swafford, Tyrrell Hatton, Bo Van Pelt and Jhonattan Vegas.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Kyle Larson held off a hard-charging Brad Keselowski during the final 10-lap shootout to win NASCAR’s All-Star race at Texas Motor Speedway. Larson took the lead with a slippery three-wide pass and captured the $1 million first prize. He pushed Hendrick Motorsports to its second consecutive win and 10th overall in the annual non-points race.