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Scoreboard Roundup - 5/14/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA Playoffs - Eastern Conference Semifinals - Game 6: Cleveland Cavaliers 94 - Chicago Bulls 73 (Cavaliers win series 4-2)

Western Conference Semifinals - Game 6: Houston Rockets 119 - Los Angeles Clippers 107 (Series tied, 3-3)

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies 4 (13-23) - Pittsburgh Pirates (17-18)

St. Louis Cardinals 2 (24-10) - Cleveland Indians 1 (12-21)

Detroit Tigers 13 (21-14) - Minnesota Twins 1 (19-16)

Chicago Cubs 6 (19-15) - New York Mets 5 (20-15)

Kansas City Royals 6 (22-13) - Texas Rangers 3 (15-20)

Tampa Bay Rays 6 (20-16) - New York Yankees 1 (21-15)

Cincinnati Reds 4 (18-17) - San Francisco Giants 3 (17-18)

Houston Astros 6 (22-13) - Toronto Blue Jays 4 (17-19)

Boston Red Sox 2 (17-18) - Seattle Mariners 1 (15-19)

San Diego Padres 8 (19-17) - Washington Nationals 3 (19-17)

Colorado Rockies 5 (12-19) - Los Angeles Dodgers 4 (22-12)

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Conley Leads Grizzlies Past Warriors to Even Series

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(OAKLAND) -- Mike Conley returned just eight days after having facial surgery to score 22 points as the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Golden State Warriors 97-90 on Tuesday night, tying the Western Conference semifinals at 1.

Wearing a clear mask to protect his swollen face and red left eye, Conley made his first four shots to get the Grizzlies started, and his teammates did the rest on defense.

Zach Randolph had 20 points and seven rebounds, and Marc Gasol and Courtney Lee scored 15 points each to help Memphis end Golden State's 21-game home-winning streak. The Warriors dropped to 42-3 on the season at Oracle Arena, losing for the first time at home in more than three months.

Game 3 will be on Saturday in Memphis.

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Hawks Beat Wizards, Tie Series at 1

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Right before tipoff, Wizards point guard John Wall was a scratch from Game 2 in Atlanta. The Hawks took advantage, defeating Washington 106-90, tying the series at one game apiece.

DeMarre Carroll scored 22 points, and Al Horford made some huge plays late in the game when the Hawks needed it most.

"We knew this was a game we had to win," Carroll said. "It was kind of a funky game."

Atlanta fell in Game 1, but the Hawks caught a huge break when the Wizards announced just before the game that Wall wouldn't play because of a sprained left wrist.

Ramon Sessions did a great job filling in for Wall, leading the Wizards with 21 points.

The series will shift to Washington for Game 3 on Saturday.

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Rangers Take 3-1 Series Lead with OT Win over Penguins

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(PITTSBURGH) -- Kevin Hayes and the New York Rangers have the Pittsburgh Penguins on the brink of elimination.

Hayes scored in the first overtime to give the Rangers a 2-1 victory Wednesday night and a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series.

"It will be a memorable one, for sure," Hayes said after his first playoff goal.

Martin St. Louis took control when he threw the puck in front on a wraparound. The puck pinballed to Carl Hagelin and went across the crease for Hayes to flip it past fallen goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.

"I thought two of our guys worked hard and got the puck to the net and it just kind of ended up on my stick," Hayes said.

And he buried it.

But it's nothing new for the rookie, who helped the NHL's best regular-season team to its first Presidents' Trophy since 1994 with 17 goals and 45 points, including a team-best 29 points since the All-Star break.

"This was his best game of the series," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "We need him to play the way he's played for us throughout the year. Obviously, this is playoff hockey on a bigger stage, but he's learning how to deal with it."

Game 5 is Friday night in New York.

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Rockets Top Mavericks,111-99; Take 2-0 Series Lead

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- Dwight Howard scored 28 points and James Harden added 24 to help the Houston Rockets defeat the Dallas Mavericks 111-99, to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference playoff series.

The Mavericks scored the first four points of the fourth quarter to take a three-point lead. However, with Harden on the bench, Houston scored the next 11 points, featuring three alley-oop passes from Josh Smith to Howard, to take a 92-84 lead with eight minutes left in the game.

Smith connected with Howard on six alley-oop passes, and finished with 15 points, nine assists, and eight rebounds.

Monta Ellis had 24 points for the Mavericks, but Dirk Nowitzki and Tyson Chandler combined for just 21 points.

Game 3 is in Dallas on Friday night.

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Wizards Top Raptors 93-86 in OT to Take Game One

Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision(TORONTO) -- Paul Pierce scored five of his 20 points in overtime, Nene had 12 points and 13 rebounds, and the Washington Wizards beat the Toronto Raptors 93-86 on Saturday in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

Pierce hit a 3-pointer, his fourth of the game, to begin the extra session, further tormenting a Raptors team he eliminated with Brooklyn in last year's playoffs.  Pierce previously mocked the Raptors this week by saying, "I don't feel they have the 'it' that makes you worried," in an interview with ESPN. That prompted Raptors GM Masai Ujiri to vulgarly respond to Pierce's comments before the game.

Bradley Beal scored 16, while John Wall and Kevin Seraphin each had 10 for the Wizards.

Amir Johnson scored 18 points and DeMar DeRozan had 15 for the Raptors, who have yet to win the opening game of a first-round series in seven postseason appearances.

Toronto hosts Game 2 on Tuesday night.

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Rodgers Says He Will Play Sunday

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wis.) -- Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who has not practiced since re-injuring his left calf on Dec. 28 against the Detroit Lions, says he will be ready to play Sunday when the team hosts the Dallas Cowboys in a NFC divisional playoff game.

"I'm going on Sunday," Rodgers said Wednesday. "It's just a matter of how."

Rodgers missed the Packers' two practices last week during the bye as well as practice Wednesday. Despite that, there still is a chance Rodgers could practice Thursday.

"It just kind of depends on how it feels," Rodgers said Wednesday. "I met with Doc. I've seen him every day. Nothing really changed on the schedule. This was kind of the plan from the start. It's progressing, but we'll see how it feels tomorrow."

Rodgers has started all 16 games for the Packers (12-4) this season. During that time, he's completed 65.6% of his passes for 4,381 yards, 38 touchdowns, and only five interceptions.

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Bengals A.J. Green Doubtful for Sunday's Playoff Game

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(CINCINNATI) -- After practicing on a limited basis Thursday, Cincinnati Bengals Pro Bowl receiver A.J. Green didn't practice at all Friday morning.

Green is listed as doubtful on the Bengals' injury report for the team's upcoming playoff game in Indianapolis Sunday.

Green endured a concussion during the team's loss last Sunday night to Pittsburgh.

Green will have to pass the NFL's concussion protocol in order to play Sunday. As of Friday he still hasn't been cleared.

"I can't concern myself about it," Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said. "Just when he gets cleared, he'll be out there ready to go, full speed and playing."

Green has played in 13 games this season, totaling 69 catches for 1,041 yards and six touchdowns.

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Le'Veon Bell Ruled Out for Steelers Playoff Game Saturday 

Pittsburgh Steelers/NFL(PITTSBURGH) -- Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell has been ruled out for the team's AFC wild-card playoff game Saturday night against the Baltimore Ravens.

Bell has missed practice all week after hyperextending his right knee during the Steelers' win last Sunday night.

With Bell out, the Steelers will rely on undrafted rookie Josh Harris, Ben Tate and rookie Dri Archer to run the rock.

"The guys have to step up," Steelers receiver Antonio Brown said. "We know what (Bell) means to our team. I'm sure they're excited about their opportunities and we'll see what happens."

Bell finished the regular season leading the AFC in rushing with 1,361 yards. He also set a Steelers single-season record for catches with 83.

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Eagles Playoff Chances Darkened After Getting Clipped by Skins

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(LANDOVER, Md.) -- Kai Forbath connected on a 26-yard, game-winning field goal with five seconds to play as the Washington Redskins sunk the Philadelphia Eagles 27-24 Saturday.

The loss means the Eagles (9-6) can be eliminated from playoff contention Sunday if the Dallas Cowboys (10-4) beat the Indianapolis Colts.

Forbath's field goal was set up after Redskins rookie cornerback Bashaud Breeland intercepted Mark Sanchez's pass with 1:31 to play. It was Sanchez's second turnover of the contest and 13th in seven games this season.

"We're currently minus-9 in the turnover margin, so us having nine wins is really impressive for that," Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said. "And really we were on borrowed time playing that style of football. If we had run the table in December with that kind of football, it would have been surprising, and it's something we didn't fix."

Quarterback Robert Griffin III got the start for Washington (4-11) and completed 16 of 23 passes for 220 yards and an interception.

"We wanted to spoil their Christmas and send them home," Griffin said, "and we did our part."

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