Tuesday, April 28
Nets beat Hawks behind 35 from Williams, tie series at 2-2
NEW YORK (AP) — Deron Williams rebounded from two dismal games with 35 points, and the Brooklyn Nets pulled out a 120-115 overtime victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night, tying the series at two games apiece.
The Nets, just 38-44 in the regular season, won the second straight in the series and moved two victories from becoming the sixth No. 8 seed to beat a No. 1 — only the fourth since the first round became best-of-seven.
Bojan Bogdanovic made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:25 left in overtime but the Nets never would have gotten there without Williams, whose 16 points in the fourth quarter were two fewer than he had total in the first three games of the series.
Brook Lopez had 26 points and 10 rebounds for the Nets.
Jeff Teague had 20 points and 11 assists, and DeMarre Carroll added 20 points and nine rebounds for the Hawks, who host Game 5 on Wednesday.
Johnson's HR helps Braves beat reeling Nationals, 8-4
ATLANTA (AP) — Kelly Johnson homered and drove in three runs, Eric Stults pitched 6 1-3 strong innings and the Atlanta Braves beat Washington 8-4 on Monday night to give the Nationals their sixth straight loss.
Johnson's two-run homer into the right-field seats came in Atlanta's three-run sixth inning off Doug Fister (1-1). Fister gave up 10 hits and five runs, four earned, in 5 2-3 innings.
The Nationals committed four errors, including two by Fister on errant pickoff attempts.
The losing streak is Washington's longest since six straight from July 19-24, 2013.
Stults (1-1) allowed two runs on four hits and three walks. Johnson had three hits, including a run-scoring single off Rafael Martin in the seventh.
SEC EAST-SPRING WRAPUP
Plenty of SEC East teams exit spring unsettled at QB
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Missouri has a head start in at least one respect as the Tigers aim for their third consecutive Southeastern Conference Eastern Division title.
With Maty Mauk returning for his junior season, Missouri is one of only two SEC East teams that exits spring practice with a settled quarterback situation. The only other SEC East program with a clear-cut starter at quarterback is Tennessee, which brings back Joshua Dobbs.
Even a couple of programs with experienced quarterbacks have ongoing competitions.
Kentucky's Patrick Towles, who started 12 games last season, must hold off a challenge from Drew Barker. Florida's Will Grier closed spring practice with a slight lead in the Gators' quarterback competition over Treon Harris, who made six starts last season.
Georgia, South Carolina and Vanderbilt also haven't named starting quarterbacks.
ACC COASTAL-SPRING WRAPUP
Spring practice marked by change in ACC Coastal
UNDATED (AP) - Plenty has changed around the Atlantic Coast Conference's Coastal Division in the past few months.
Pittsburgh has a new coach who previously won a league championship as a defensive coordinator. North Carolina has a new defensive coordinator who previously won a national title as a head coach.
Miami is looking for a new Duke Johnson, while the Duke Blue Devils will have a new quarterback.
And yet plenty remains the same for reigning division champion Georgia Tech — including that triple-option offense — but the Yellow Jackets are making room for their newest trophy, which they earned by beating Mississippi State in the Orange Bowl.