Curry goes torch-mode: Dubs one win away from conference finals

(AP) — Stephen Curry returned from a sprained right knee to score 40 points, including 17 in overtime, and the Golden State Warriors rallied to take a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinals with a 132-125 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.

Playing for the first time since he was injured in Game 4 of the first-round series against Houston, Curry was rusty for three quarters and sensational down the stretch after the Warriors trailed by as much as 16 points.

His winning return came hours after a person with knowledge of the award told The Associated Press that Curry would repeat as NBA MVP, with the announcement coming as early as Tuesday.

The Warriors can win the series Wednesday night at home in Game 5.


(AP) — Stephen Curry is adding a second straight MVP award to his record-setting season.

A person with knowledge of the award says Curry will be announced as the winner perhaps as soon as Tuesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the NBA has not revealed the winner.

With his unmatched long-range shooting and slick ball-handling, Curry led the Warriors to an NBA-record 73 wins in the regular season as both he and his team somehow improved after he won the MVP and led Golden State to its first championship in 40 years the previous season.

Curry led the league in scoring with 30.1 points per game and shattered his own record for 3-pointers by making 402.

(AP) — Viktor Arvidsson scored 2:03 into overtime, and the Nashville Predators forced a deciding seventh game for their second straight series by beating the San Jose Sharks 4-3 on Monday night.

Arvidsson jumped the puck between three Sharks and skated up the left side before throwing a backhander past goaltender Martin Jones.

No road team has won yet in this second-round series, and the franchise that had never forced a Game 7 until this postseason will play in its second straight with a berth in the Western Conference finals on the line. The Predators also earned their first two-day break between playoff games this postseason with Game 7 on Thursday night in San Jose.

Colin Wilson, Ryan Johansen and Roman Josi also scored for Nashville.

Logan Couture scored a power-play goal in the third for San Jose, and Chris Tierney had two goals in the first period.

(AP) — Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer, Aaron Sanchez struck out five over seven innings, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the San Francisco Giants 3-1 on Monday night in their first visit to AT&T Park in nearly three years.

Encarnacion connected in the third off Jake Peavy (1-4), who has given up five homers in his last two outings and lost his third straight start.

Toronto had gone back-to-back games without a home run for the third time this season, but Encarnacion’s deep third-inning drive into the left-field bleachers kept the Blue Jays from doing so in three straight for the first time since Sept. 26-28, 2014.

Sanchez (3-1) allowed one run and three hits and walked one in a strong 105-pitch performance.

(AP) — Jackie Bradley Jr. extended his career-high hitting streak to 15 games with a two-run single in Boston’s six-run fourth and added a grand slam two innings later, carrying the Red Sox over the struggling Oakland Athletics 14-7 on Monday night.

Brock Holt hit a two-run homer, and David Ortiz had three hits and two RBIs for Boston, which has won seven of its last 10 games.

Khris Davis hit his seventh homer and drove in two runs for Oakland, which has lost 12 of 16 and fell to 1-7 this month.

Josh Reddick’s club-record streak of hits in eight consecutive at-bats was stopped when he grounded out his first time up.