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CLEVELAND—LeBron James scored 44 points on 17-of-28 shooting to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 111-102 victory over the visiting Boston Celtics on Monday night, May 21, at Quicken Loans Arena to even the Eastern Conference finals at two games apiece. Kyle Korver scored 14 points (all in the first half) for the fourth-seeded Cavaliers. Tristan Thompson recorded 13 points and 12 rebounds, George Hill scored 13 points and Kevin Love collected 11 rebounds while scoring nine points.
MINNEAPOLIS—Jose Berrios pitched eight strong innings, Logan Morrison drew a bases-loaded walk to bring in the go-ahead run, and the host Minnesota Twins defeated the Detroit Tigers 4-2 at Target Field on Monday night. Berrios (5-4) held the Tigers to two runs on three hits in eight innings while walking two and striking out nine. He didn't allow a hit after the third inning. Fernando Rodney collected his 10th save. Max Kepler had a two-run double to lead the offense. Robbie Grossman scored a run and knocked in another.
WASHINGTON—Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby made 24 saves in a 3-0 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning, forcing a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference finals. The Capitals won Game 6 on Monday night, May 21, at Capital One Arena in Washington, marking their first home victory of the series. T.J. Oshie scored twice, including an empty-net tally, and Devante Smith-Pelly also produced a goal for the Capitals, who will return to Tampa, Fla., for Wednesday night's series finale. The winner meets the expansion Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final.
Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre revealed that he went to rehab multiple times in addition to the one well-documented 1996 rehab stint during his playing days. Favre told Sports Illustrated's Peter King that he actually went to rehab two other times that were never made public. King reported their conversation in the final installment of his MMQB column on Monday, in which he recounted a week he spent with Favre for a cover story for the magazine.
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.