WARRIORS DUMP ROCKETS; ADVANCE TO 2ND ROUND
(AP) — Klay Thompson scored 27 points with seven 3-pointers and the Golden State Warriors rolled into the second round of the playoffs without injured superstar Stephen Curry, thoroughly embarrassing the Houston Rockets 114-81 on Wednesday night in Game 5.
Draymond Green added 15 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the Warriors.
So much for Jason Terry’s guarantee there would be a Game 6 back in Houston.
Without their MVP, Curry’s fellow Splash Brother set the tone from the opening tip. Thompson became the first player in NBA history to make at least seven 3s in consecutive playoff games. Thompson says the Warriors are getting contributions from everyone without Curry in the line-up…..
Shaun Livingston scored 16 points for his third double-digit performance in three games while starting in Curry’s place this series. Livingston says the Warriors are riding high moving into the second round…..
James Harden scored 25 of Houston’s 37 first-half points on the way to 35 points, but the Rockets had no chance with a one-man show against the deep defending champions.
VERLANDER SHINES IN TIGERS WIN OVER A’S
(AP) — Justin Verlander pitched impressively into the seventh inning, J.D. and Victor Martinez both homered and the Detroit Tigers beat the Oakland Athletics 9-4 on Wednesday night.
Detroit manager Brad Ausmus shuffled his lineup before the game, moving J.D. Martinez from fifth to second in the batting order as he switched spots with Justin Upton. The moves paid off when J.D. Martinez hit a three-run homer in the second inning. Victor Martinez added a three-run shot of his own in the sixth.
Verlander (2-2) allowed three runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings, his third straight quality start since allowing seven runs against Pittsburgh on April 11.
Sonny Gray (3-2) lasted only two innings in the shortest start of his big league career. He allowed four runs, two hits and four walks, throwing 65 pitches.
GIANTS SWEEP PADRES SALVAGE HOMESTAND
(AP) — Brandon Belt was a homer short of the cycle and drove in five runs, Hunter Pence drove in a pair on three hits and the San Francisco Giants completed a three-game sweep by beating the San Diego Padres 13-9 on Wednesday.
Jeff Samardzija (3-1) went 5 2/3 innings and snapped a tie with a two-run single for the Giants, who won their fifth in six games.
Joe Panik, Brandon Crawford, Trevor Brown and Gregor Blanco also drove in runs for the Giants, who reached a season high in runs. Pence and Matt Duffy each had three hits.
Padres starter Andrew Cashner (1-2) couldn’t get out of the third inning, giving up six runs — three earned — on four hits over 2 2/3 innings. He walked four and struck out a pair.