Warriors roll into second round of NBA playoffs

first_imgOAKLAND, California (AP):Golden State rolled into the second round of the NBA playoffs without injured superstar Stephen Curry, thoroughly embarrassing the Houston Rockets 114-81 on Wednesday to clinch the series 4-1.Klay Thompson scored 27 points with seven 3-pointers and Draymond Green added 15 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the Warriors, who will face the winners of the Los Angeles Clippers-Portland Trail Blazers series.Portland lead that series 3-2 after winning at Los Angeles, while Charlotte won narrowly at Miami to also take a 3-2 series lead.Golden State, without their MVP Curry, relied on his fellow ‘Splash Brother’ in Thompson to set the tone from the opening tip. Thompson became the first player in NBA history to make at least seven threes in consecutive playoff games, while Shaun Livingston scored 16 points for his third double-digit performance in three games.deep defendingJames 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.Portland’s C.J. McCollum scored 27 points to lead the Trail Blazers to a 108-98 win at the Clippers.Damian Lillard added 16 of his 22 in the fourth quarter when Portland pulled away, and the Trail Blazers capitalised on the absence of injured Chris Paul and Blake Griffin to beat Los Angeles.The Blazers are up 3-2 and could close it out tonight in Portland. If Game 7 is needed, it would be tomorrow at Staples Center.Maurice Harkless added 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Mason Plumlee had 10 points and 15 boards for Portland.J.J. Redick led the Clippers with 19 points.Charlotte’s Courtney Lee sank a 3-pointer with 25.2 seconds left to put the visitors ahead to stay, and the Hornets beat Miami 90-88 in Game 5.The Hornets have won three straight games in the series, and will take a 3-2 lead into a potential Game 6 clincher tonight.Marvin Williams led the Hornets with 17 points, while Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker each had 14 for Charlotte.Dwyane Wade scored 25 for Miami, while Luol Deng scored 15, Joe Johnson added 13 and Hassan Whiteside finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds.last_img read more

Report: Atletico Madrid 1 Chelsea 2

first_imgAtletico Madrid 1 Chelsea 2: Batshuayi clinches it as Costa looks on Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 04:53 28/9/2017 AlvaroMorata - cropped Getty Images A last-gasp Michy Batshuayi goal earned Chelsea all three points at Atletico Madrid in the Champions League. Michy Batshuayi snatched a stunning 2-1 win for Chelsea with the last kick of the game at Atletico Madrid in Champions League Group C, as Diego Costa looked on from the Wanda Metropolitano stands.Antonio Conte’s Premier League champions were unfortunate to be behind when Antoine Griezmann scored Atleti’s first European goal at their new home from the penalty spot.The opener from the man Costa will join in a dream forward line from January onwards, having finalised his Atletico return from Chelsea on Tuesday, arrived five minutes before half-time but Alvaro Morata gave another indication that Conte’s side will cope perfectly well without their old talisman. 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Morata nodded in a 59th-minute cross from the exceptional Eden Hazard to move on to seven goals in all competitions this season and worse was to follow for Diego Simeone’s men.Instead of launching a free-kick into the area as the allotted period of injury time expired, Chelsea calmly worked possession around, with Marcos Alonso picking out substitute Batshuayi for a simple finish that left the watching Costa ashen faced.Chelsea are top of the standings after back-to-back wins, two points clear of Roma, while Atleti have ground to make up in their pending double-header against Qarabag.Conte handed a start to the fit-again Hazard and Chelsea’s influential playmaker began brightly.The boss enjoyed that @AlvaroMorata header! #ATLCHE pic.twitter.com/6pPzxeqbof — Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 27, 2017 Hazard embarked upon a driving run in the fifth minute, sliding through a pass for Morata to drag wide, before cleverly cutting in from the left to fire into the side netting.Morata was off target once more from a similar position to the right of goal inside the Atletico penalty area, provoking an animated response from Conte on the touchline.Chelsea’s 3-5-2 was causing Atleti persistent problems and the jewel in the formation, Hazard, engineered space 25 yards out in the 13th minute to unleash a vicious swerving drive against the post, with home goalkeeper Jan Oblak rooted to the spot.Oblak was a necessarily more active participant after the first half ticked past midway and Morata’s header from David Luiz’s raking pass forced him to tip over.Atletico belatedly steadied themselves and took the lead having been on the back foot.Luiz needlessly grabbed Lucas Hernandez’s shirt as the defender looked to attack a near-post corner and Griezmann outfoxed Thibaut Courtois by sending his spot kick down the middle.It was almost 2-0 on the stroke of half-time when Courtois parried Koke’s low drive dangerously into the path of Saul Niguez, who sidefooted narrowly wide. 57’| 1-0 | It had to be him! @AntoGriezmann scored the first ever #UCL goal in the Wanda @Metropolitano . #AtletiChelsea #AúpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/PZ4aHWCjXF — Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) September 27, 2017 Saul got above Tiemoue Bakayoko to head past the post from a Koke set-piece early in the second half, while a wicked cross from Cesar Azpilicueta flashed agonisingly between Morata and the face of goal at the other end.It was no surprise when Hazard served as the architect of the away side’s equaliser, curling in a sumptuous ball from the left and obliging Morata to nod home.Uncharacteristic panic suddenly gripped the Atleti defence and after a clutch of red-and-white shirts scurried towards Hazard in vain, an unmarked but stumbling Cesc Fabregas was unable to turn in the cutback from close range.Morata’s outing should really have proved more profitable than it was.The Spain striker streaked away from Lucas in the 75th minute only to misjudge a tame effort, but Batshuayi – on for Morata – clinched the points with a close-range finish deep in injury time.Key Opta facts:- Chelsea are first side to win away in the Champions League against Atletico Madrid in the Spaniards’ last 12 games in the competition on home soil (since losing to Benfica in September 2015).- Chelsea are also only the fourth side to score away to Atletico in Europe in the Spanish giants’ last 20 games on home soil.- The Blues are now unbeaten in their last 10 Champions League away games against Spanish sides (W3 D7).- Since the start of 2015-16, Antoine Griezmann has had a hand in 51.5 per cent of Atletico Madrid’s 33 CL goals (14 goals, 3 assists)- Alvaro Morata has scored his first goal against Atletico Madrid in his seventh game against them in all competitions.- Michy Batshuayi has scored five goals in his last three games for Chelsea in all competitions, as many as in his previous 16.- In 2017, no player has scored more substitute goals for a Premier League club in all competitions than Michy Batshuayi (4, level with Olivier Giroud). read morelast_img read more