CLEVELAND (AP) - Kyrie Irving took over in the second half and finished with 42 points, LeBron James added 34 and the Cleveland Cavaliers moved within one win of an almost inevitable third date in the Finals with Golden State by rallying to beat the Boston Celtics 112-99 last night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. Game 5 is tomorrow night in Boston.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Boston Celtics star guard Isaiah Thomas has visited one hip specialist and plans to see others. Thomas is done for the season with a right hip injury he sustained in March and aggravated in the playoffs. He told Celtics coach Brad Stevens that he intends to get "one or two more opinions" before a course of action is set.
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) - Mike Hoffman scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period to give the Ottawa Senators a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins last night and force a decisive Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Finals. Evgeni Malkin gave Pittsburgh, vying for its second straight trip to the Stanley Cup Final, the lead early in the second period and Matt Murray finished with 28 saves. Game 7 is tomorrow night in Pittsburgh.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Edwin Encarnacion hit two of Cleveland's four homers off rookie Amir Garrett and scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch last night, leading the Indians to an 8-7 victory and a split of their two-game series with the Cincinnati Reds. The series moves to Cleveland for two games. The Indians have won seven of the last eight between Ohio's teams.
ATLANTA (AP) - Matt Adams singled in the winning run with about 200 fans left in the stands for the ninth inning, lifting the Atlanta Braves over the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 early this morning in a game delayed over three hours by rain. The delay started in the top of the seventh inning and ended at 12:51 a.m. The game finished just before 2 a.m. - 6 hours, 15 minutes after first pitch.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Trevon Bluiett is staying at Xavier for his senior season instead of entering the NBA draft, a huge boost to a Musketeers team that reached the Elite Eight last season. Bluiett was second in the Big East in scoring at 18.5 points per game last season. He had 19 games with 20 or more points, including 40 against crosstown rival Cincinnati.
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