Stars beat Ducks 4-2, even series 2-2
DALLAS (AP) - Cody Eakin and Alex Goligoski scored on Dallas' first two shots in the third period and the Stars beat the top-seeded Anaheim Ducks 4-2 on Wednesday in Game 4 of the best-of-seven series that is all even now.
Even without captain Ryan Getzlaf, a surprise late scratch with an upper-body injury, and healthy scratch Teemu Selane, the Ducks jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period.
But the Stars, who got physical at home after a pair of one-goal losses in Anaheim to start the series, dominated the rest of the way.
Game 5 is Friday night in Anaheim, and Game 6 is Sunday in Dallas.
Dallas captain Jaime Benn scored off a faceoff only 27 seconds into the second period, his third goal in the series.
Aldridge's 43 lifts Blazers over Rockets 112-105
(AP) - LaMarcus Aldridge scored 43 points and Damian Lillard made six free throws down the stretch to give the Portland Trail Blazers a 112-105 win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night and a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series.
James Harden knocked down a 3-pointer with about 30 seconds left to get the Rockets within three. Lillard made two free throws before Harden fouled out about 10 seconds later. Mo Williams and Lillard both made a pair of free throws after that to secure the win.
Aldridge became the first player with consecutive 40-point games in the playoffs since LeBron James did it in May of 2009 after scoring a career-high and franchise playoff-record 46 in an overtime win in Game 1.
Dwight Howard was unstoppable early and scored 25 points in the first half, but managed just seven in the second half.
Mavs roll past Spurs 113-92, even series at 1-1
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Monta Ellis scored 21 points and the Dallas Mavericks rolled to a 113-92 victory over San Antonio on Wednesday night, snapping a 10-game skid against the Spurs and evening their first-round series at a game apiece.
Shawn Marion scored 20 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 16, Devin Harris had 18 and Jose Calderon 12 for Dallas, which never trailed after the opening minutes of the second quarter.
Manu Ginobili had 27 points, Tony Parker added 12 and Tim Duncan 11 for the Spurs.
Dallas didn't relent in Game 2 after blowing a 10-point lead in the final eight minutes of the series opener. San Antonio's ineptness had as much to do with tying the series, however. The Spurs averaged 14.4 turnovers during the regular season, but had 15 with 3 minutes left in the first half. They finished with 22 turnovers, which resulted in 33 points for the Mavericks.
Perez help Rangers sweep A's with 3-0 win
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Martin Perez pitched his second consecutive shutout to extend his scoreless innings streak to 26 and the Texas Rangers wrapped up a three-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics with a 3-0 victory Wednesday.
Donnie Murphy homered and Michael Choice scored one run and drove in another for the Rangers, who moved a half-game ahead of Oakland in first place in the AL West with their first sweep of the A's since August 2011.
Perez outpitched Sonny Gray in a heralded matchup of emerging stars, allowing just three hits and two walks in his first start since throwing a three-hitter against the White Sox for his first career shutout.
Wright-Phillips leads Red Bulls past Dynamo 4-0
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) - Bradley Wright-Phillips scored twice in the first 24 minutes and added a second-half penalty kick to give the New York Red Bulls their second straight victory, 4-0 over the Houston Dynamo on Wednesday night.
Wright-Phillips, who scored one goal in seven games after joining New York in August, was the first Red Bulls player to record three goals in a match since Thierry Henry in March 2012 against Montreal.
The win earned New York some measure of revenge against Houston, which beat the Red Bulls in Harrison last November to eliminate them from the playoffs.
Henry had the other goal for the Red Bulls, who were winless in their first six games but improved to 10 points and within one of Eastern Conference leaders Sporting KC and the Columbus Crew.
Houston is winless in its last five.
Ducks' Robidas won't need surgery on broken leg
DALLAS (AP) - Anaheim Ducks defenseman Stephane Robidas says he will not need surgery to repair the second break in his right leg this season.
While talking to reporters during the first intermission of Game 4 on Wednesday night, Robidas got emotional when asked about the disappointment of missing the rest of the playoffs.
Robidas was hurt early in the second period of Game 3 when he was undercut by Ryan Garbutt, who was diving for a puck.
Robidas broke the same leg in the same building Nov. 29 while still playing for Dallas, which traded him to Anaheim last month. Robidas says this break is above where he had a rod surgically inserted for the previous break.
Garbutt reached out to Robidas, who told his former teammate not to worry about it.
Ducks without captain Getzlaf, Selanne in Game 4
DALLAS (AP) - Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf is out of Game 4 against the Dallas Stars because of an upper-body injury.
With Getzlaf out and right wing Teemu Selanne a healthy scratch, the Ducks were without their top two playoff veterans Wednesday night.
Getzlaf took a puck in the face in the series opener and played the last two games with a half-cage to protect the stitches just below his mouth.
The 43-year-old Selanne, who is in his 21st and expected to be his last NHL season, has appeared in a franchise-record 87 postseason games for the Ducks, 15 more than Getzlaf.
Selanne is also the team's top postseason scorer with 64 points (33 goals, 31 assists), one more than Getzlaf (23 goals, 40 assists).
Cowboys' playoff fate likely to be settled on road
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Dallas Cowboys will have to be a good road team if they're even in position to end a four-year playoff drought in 2014.
Dallas finishes the season with four of six games away from home, including all three NFC East rivals. The finale is at Washington on Dec. 28.
The Cowboys open the season at their $1.2 billion stadium against San Francisco on Sept. 7. After going to Tennessee and St. Louis, Dallas plays five out of six games at home.
The bye will come after the trip to London to face Jacksonville on Nov. 9. The Cowboys play consecutive Thursday games on Thanksgiving against Philadelphia and the following week at Chicago.
The home game in the four-game finishing stretch is Indianapolis on Dec. 21.
Rangers acquire Robertson, place Figueroa on DL
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The Texas Rangers have bought outfielder Dan Robertson from the San Diego Padres.
Texas also placed left-hander Pedro Figueroa on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday because of left elbow inflammation. Figueroa is the 11th player on the Rangers' DL, although third baseman Adrian Beltre is set to return Friday from a left quadriceps injury.
Robertson is a career .304 hitter in the minors in 723 games in the Padres organization.
Figueroa left Tuesday night's game against Oakland after hitting Josh Reddick with his only pitch. He will undergo an MRI to determine the extent of his injury. Figueroa is 2-1 with a 4.00 ERA in 10 appearances this season.
Also, righty Neftali Feliz has left Triple-A Round Rock because of soreness and fatigue, but the Rangers said he is not injured.
Tracy McGrady signs with baseball team
SUGAR LAND, Texas (AP) - Former NBA star Tracy McGrady signed Wednesday to pitch for the Sugar Land Skeeters in the independent Atlantic League.
The 6-foot-8 right-hander reported to spring camp last week and made his first scrimmage game appearance against Alvin Community College on April 16. In an inning of work, McGrady allowed one run on three hits with no walks and no strikeouts.
The 34-year-old McGrady spent 16 years in the NBA with the Toronto Raptors, Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons and Atlanta Hawks. The seven-time All-Star won two scoring titles.
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