Durant has 42, Thunder beat Pistons 112-111
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Kevin Durant scored 42 points, including 21 in the fourth quarter, and the Oklahoma City Thunder secured the No. 2 playoff seed in the Western Conference, rallying from 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Detroit Pistons 112-111 Wednesday night.
Oklahoma City had lost two straight to put itself in the must-win situation in the regular-season finale to earn the No. 2 seed. Durant brought the Thunder back while recording his 14th 40-point game of the season.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored a career-high 30 points for the Pistons, while Greg Monroe had 22, Kyle Singler added 20 and Andre Drummond recorded his ninth straight double-double to end the season for Detroit, finishing with 22 points and 13 rebounds.
Gomes, McAllister lead Indians past Tigers 3-2
DETROIT (AP) - Yan Gomes hit a two-run triple, Zach McAllister allowed a run and four hits in six innings and the Cleveland Indians held on for a 3-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.
McAllister walked two and struck out four and John Axford pitched the ninth for his fifth save for Cleveland, which had lost 18 of its previous 23 against Detroit.
Miguel Cabrera drove in both runs for the Tigers. Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez gave up three runs - two earned - and two hits in five innings, walking four and striking out eight.
Gomes gave the Indians a 3-1 lead in the second with his triple that scored Asdrubal Cabrera, who reached on an error by Cabrera at first, and David Murphy, who walked.
SENIOR PGA PROFESSIONAL
Esposito, Cooke leads Senior PGA Pro
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - Frank Esposito Jr. shot a 3-under 69 on Wednesday for a share of the second-round lead with Stan Cooke in the Senior PGA Professional National Championship.
Esposito, the 50-year-old PGA head professional at Brooklake in Florham Park, N.J., made a 25-foot eagle putt on the par-5 16th on PGA Golf Club's Wanamaker Course - the site of the final two rounds.
Cooke, the 53-year-old PGA general manager and director of golf at Ocala National, had a 71 on the Ryder Course to match Esposito at 8-under 136.
Originally scheduled for October at Creighton Farms in Virginia, the event was postponed because of rain and flooding. The top 35 will earn spots in the Senior PGA Championship on May 22-25 at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich.
Michigan State signs 6-7 forward Marvin Clark
(AP) - Michigan State has signed Marvin Clark Jr. to a letter of intent.
The Spartans added the forward on Wednesday to a recruiting class that also includes one of his teammates, Lourawls Nairn, and Javon Bess. Clark and Narin attend Sunrise Christian Academy of Bel Aire, Kan.
The 6-foot-7 Clark is from Kansas City, Mo. He averaged 20 points and nine rebounds last season for a 29-1 team. Clark scored 32 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in a game against Cloud County Junior College and had 30 points and 16 rebounds against Independence Community College
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo says Clark has a Big Ten-ready body and a good shooting touch.
Girl's memorial being held at basketball arena
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - An 8-year-old Michigan State basketball fan whose battle with cancer inspired the team's players, coaches and many more beyond the hardwood is to be honored by thousands of her closest friends at a memorial service in East Lansing.
Lacey Holsworth's family wants those attending the event Thursday at the Breslin Center basketball arena to wear bright colors and smiles in celebration of her life.
Lacey died at her home in nearby St. Johns on April 8. The little girl affectionately known as "Princess Lacey" had neuroblastoma, a nerve-cell cancer. She wore a blond wig because chemotherapy took her hair.
Lacey met Michigan State basketball star Adreian Payne during one of her hospital stays, and their friendship quickly blossomed. She became a valued member of the Spartan family.
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