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Artest is a hero as the Lakers get past pesky Suns, 103-101

compiled from staff and wire reports

Lakers forward Ron Artest had a horrible shooting night for the Lakers, going 2-for-9, but still managed to be a hero. Artest is the only new player on the defending champions roster. He helped put his team one win away from the NBA finals.

Artest got into the lane and beat the buzzer with a wild miracle shot after rebounding Kobe Bryant’s missed attempt as the Lakers edged the Suns, 103-101 Thursday night to take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference finals.

Ron Artest (nba)

Bryant had 30 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists for the Lakers.

Jason Richardson tied the game for the Suns with a 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds left. Led by Steve Nash, who had 29 points and 11 assists, Phoenix came back from 18 points down in the second half.

The Lakers have won Game 5 the last nine straight times they’ve reached it in a playoff series, including last season’s title clincher over Orlando. Los Angeles also is the only team that hasn’t trailed in a series this playoff season.

Tkachuk retires from the St. Louis Blues

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Keith Tkachuk (nhl)

St. Louis Blues forward Keith Tkachuk has retired.

The 38-year-old Tkachuk played in 1,201 games in his career.

Tkachuk scored 1,065 points on 538 goals and 527 assists, 2,219 penalty minutes. In January, the five-time All-Star and four-time U.S. Olympian became the fourth player in NHL history with 1,000 points and 2,200 penalty minutes.

Tkachuk this season had 13 goals and 19 assists in 67 games. He played for the Blues since the trade from Phoenix in 2000-2001 aside from a brief stint with the Atlanta Thrashers at the end of the 2006-2007.

A native of Melrose, Massachusetts, Tkachuk was a first-round pick of the Winnipeg Jets in 1990. In his prime he was one of the NHL’s top power forwards and peaked with 52 goals and 228 penalty minutes in 1996-97.

NBA PLAYOFFS: Eastern and Western Conference Sunday and Monday

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SUNDAY

Dwayne Wade (nba)

Dwayne Wade set franchise playoff records with 46 points, 30 in the second half, and Miami beat Boston in Game 4 of an Eastern Conference first-round series, 101-92.

The Heat opened the fourth quarter with on a 25-8 run, fueled mostly by Wade, who made 16-of-24 shots from the field, plus he added five assists.

George Hill (nba)

George Hill scored 29 points, helping San Antonio overcome a miserable night from Tim Duncan and took a 3-1 lead over Dallas in its first-round series winning 92-89.

The Spurs have won three straight since coach Gregg Popovich criticized some of his players.

Carlos Boozer (nba)

Carlos Boozer had 31 points and 13 rebounds, Deron Williams added 24 points and 13 assists, and Utah held off a late charge to beat Denver for a 3-1 lead in its Western Conference playoff series. Utah wins 177-106.

Carmelo Anthony finished with 39 points and led the Nuggets back within range late in the fourth quarter, but Denver never caught all the way up and lost for the third straight time in the series.

MONDAY

Vince Carter (nba)

Vince Carter had 21 points, Jameer Nelson added 18 and the Orlando Magic showcased their depth and pressure shot-making in a 99-90 win over the Charlotte Bobcats to complete a sweep of their first-round series.

Dwight Howard was held to six points in his fourth straight game in foul trouble, but the Magic never flinched to accomplished their first four-game sweep in franchise history.

Carlos Delfino (nba)

Carlos Delfino scored 22 points with six 3-pointers and Milwaukee pulled off its second straight playoff surprise, beating Atlanta to draw even in the first-round series.

Brandon Jennings scored 23 points and John Salmons added 22  for the Bucks who won 111-104.

Channing Frye (nba)

Reserves Channing Frye and Jared Dudley broke out of their series-long shooting slumps with 20 and 19 points, respectively, and Phoenix overcame an early 14-point deficit to rout Portland, 107-88 win and take a 3-2 lead in the first-round playoff series.

NBA PLAYOFFS: Eastern and Western Conference (Saturday results)

compiled from wire reports

John Salmons (nba)

John Salmons scored 22 points on 9-of-11 shooting, Kurt Thomas had 8 point, 13 rebounds and the Milwaukee Bucks never let up after a hot start in 107-89 Game 3 win after a three-day layoff.

Atlanta still leads the series 2-1 after two-double=digit wins at home, when the bcuks looked overmatched without the injured Andrew Bogut.

Milwaukee is 12-26 at the Bradley Center in the playoffs.

Kevin Durant Thunder (nba)

Kevin Durant scored 22 points, Russell Westbrook added 18 points and eight rebounds, and the Thunder evened the first-round series against the Lakers with a 110-89 victory in Game 4.

For the second straight game, the Thunder capitalized on a significant edge at the foul line and on the boards despite the presence of the Lakers’ 7-foot tandem of Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum.

Oklahoma City never trailed after the opening 5 minutes and led by double digits for the final three quarters in a thorough dismantling.

Among those seated at courtside in Oklahoma City were Governor Brad Henry, NFL wide receiver Mark Clayton and Gerald McCoy, the former Oklahoma defensive tackle taken third overall by Tampa Bay in the NFL draft.

Brandon Roy (nba)

Portland coach Nate McMillian and team owner Paul Allen, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft were convinced by Brandon Roy to let him play despite skepticism by team doctors.

Roy was activated off injured reserve and then helped Portland to a 96-87 win over Phoenix that evened their series at two games apiece.

Eight days removed from arthroscopic surgery on right knee, Roy made his surprising return to the court to the theme from  “Rocky” blasting from the Rose Garden sound system. Roy then made a key 3-pointer late in the game that shifted the momentum to the Trail Blazers.

NHL PLAYOFFS: Western Conference (Friday results)

compiled from staff and wire reports

The Red Wings defeated the Coyotes in Glendale, Arizona. Jimmy Howard turned in an outstanding performance and Tomas Holmstrom and Pavel Datsyuk each had a goal and an assist as Detroit beat Phoenix and took a 3-2 lead in the first-round series.

Tomas Holmstom (nhl)

Howard, coming off a shutout, finished with 30 saves including two huge stops on Martin Hanzal’s breakaway with the score tied 1-1.

Henrik Zetterberg scored for the sixth time in the series for Detroit.

Mikael Samuelsson (nhl)

Mikael Samuelsson scored twice and added an assist, and Vancouver routed Los Angeles to grab a 3-2 series lead.

Daniel Sedin and Samuelsson scored 5 minutes apart in the second period to chase LA goalie Jonathan Quick.

Henrik Sedin, who led the NHL in regular-season points, set up both  second period goals.

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