Harden gets hot as Sixers square series
James Harden scored 31 points, Joel Embiid had 24 points and 11 rebounds and the 76ers beat the Heat 116-108 in Philadelphia on Sunday night in Game 4 to even the Eastern Conference semifinal series.
The Heat won the first two games in Miami with Embiid out with a right orbital fracture and mild concussion. The 76ers took Games 3 and 4 at home with Embiid and his mask in the lineup.
The Heat pecked away at the lead and got within five until Harden sank his fifth three-pointer of the game with three minutes left. Harden crushed the Heat on catchand-shoot threes and hit one clutch shot after another in the fourth.
Jimmy Butler scored 40 points and nearly willed the Heat, who missed 28 of 35 threes, to victory.
♦ Luka Doncic tallied 26 points while helping the host Mavericks take advantage of foul trouble by Chris Paul to beat the Suns 111-101 for a 2-2 series tie. Doncic drew a fourth foul on Paul before the halftime buzzer, and the veteran guard fouled out early in the fourth.
♦ The Kings reportedly agreed to hire Warriors assistant Mike Brown as their coach. He had two stints as the coach in Cleveland, where he led the Cavaliers to the Finals in 2007, and one as coach of the Lakers. Brown is expected to finish the playoffs with the Warriors.
♦ Grizzlies guard Ja Morant is unlikely to play in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Warriors on Monday night after injuring his right knee.
STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS Blues even series with Wild
Jordan Kyrou and David Perron each scored twice, Jordan Binnington made 28 saves in his first start this postseason and the host Blues knotted the first-round series against the Wild at two with a 5-2 victory.
♦ Brad Marchand had two goals and three assists, including the tiebreaker early in the third period, and the host Bruins topped the Hurricanes 5-2 to even their first-round playoff series at two games apiece.
♦ Ross Colton had two goals and the host Lightning used a fast start to roll over the Maple Leafs 7-3 in Game 4 to even their series.
MLB Torrid Twins scuttle A’s
Jorge Polanco delivered another key hit and the bullpen combined for 6‰ innings of scoreless work as the Twins defeated the Athletics 4-3, sending the A’s to their ninth consecutive loss. The Twins have swept three of their last five series and won 14 of 17 since beginning the season 4-8. Polanco homered Saturday for the only run of the game.
♦ Brad Miller snapped Michael King’s impressive scoreless streak with a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the seventh that lifted the visiting Rangers over the Yankees 4-2 to salvage a doubleheader split. The Yankees took the opener 2-1 on Gleyber Torres’ game-ending homer leading off the ninth.
♦ Jorge Alfaro’s pinch-hit, three-run homer with two outs in the ninth gave the host Padres a stunning 3-2 victory against his former team, the Marlins.
♦ Abraham Toro hit a tying homer in the ninth, Ty France singled home the winner in the 10th and the host Mariners tripped the Rays 2-1 to snap a six-game skid.
Verstappen wins F1 race in Miami Max Verstappen was explosive at the start and used two aggressive passes to get past Ferrari cars, including championship leader Charles Leclerc. Once out front, the reigning world champion controlled the inaugural Miami Grand Prix for his third win in five races to start the Formula One season.
♦ Joey Logano bumped William Byron from behind on the next-tolast lap to win the Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway. Byron hit the wall in Turn 3, and Logano went on to his first win of the season.
MISCELLANEOUS Steady Homa wins Wells Fargo
Max Homa played solid golf during a week of cold, wet conditions and a back-and-forth duel with Keegan Bradley, closing with a 2-under 68 for a two-shot victory in the Wells Fargo Championship in Potomac, Maryland. Homa won for the fourth time in his career.
♦ Steve Flesch rallied from four shots behind with a 7-under 65 for a one-shot victory in the PGA Tour Champions Mitsubishi Electric Classic in Duluth, Georgia.
♦ Spanish teenage sensation Carlos Alcaraz capped a memorable week with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Alexander Zverev to win the Madrid Open in Spain.