Memphis loses playoff series opener at OKC 110-86
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Kevin Durant scored 13 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter to help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the Memphis Grizzlies 100-86 on Saturday night in the opening game of their first-round series.
Russell Westbrook had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Serge Ibaka added 17 points and nine rebounds for the Thunder, who nearly squandered a 25-point lead but recovered from a dismal third quarter to make 10 of 16 shots in the fourth.
Zach Randolph led Memphis with 21 points and 11 rebounds, but he made just seven of 21 shots and got into foul trouble in the second half. Mike Conley had 16 points and 11 assists, Mark Gasol scored 16 points and Tony Allen added 13 points for the Grizzlies. The Thunder held Memphis to 36 percent shooting.
Oklahoma City was the only home team to win on the first day of the postseason.
NW Ark. Naturals split Fri, Sat games at Tulsa
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - The Northwest Arkansas Naturals pounded out 12 hits in a 6-5, late-inning victory over the Tulsa Drillers Friday night.
Naturals starter J.C. Sulbaran (0-1, 4.38) recorded the first quality outing by a Northwest Arkansas starting pitcher this year, allowing a single run while scattering five hits and striking out four over the course of six strong innings of work.
But the Drillers earned a 9-3 win Saturday, thanks to strong run support for Tulsa starter Eddie Butler. Greg Billio took the loss for the Naturals at ONEOK Field.
ARKANSAS ST-SPRING GAME
Arkansas State holds annual spring football game
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas State football team has held its first spring game under new head coach Blake Anderson.
The black team, under the direction of the Red Wolves' "coach experience" winner Nick Bhardwaj, claimed a 48-17 win Friday night over the red team.
The black team piled up 489 yards total offense, including 228 from junior quarterback Fredi Knighten, and built a 20-0 lead midway through the second quarter.
Led by sophomore quarterback Dezmond Stegall with two passing touchdowns, the red team finished with 305 yards total offense, but didn't score its first touchdown until late in the third quarter.
Knighten completed 16-of-20 passes for 212 yards and three scores to lead the black squad. He also added 16 rushing yards and accounted for the squad's only score on the ground.
ARKANSAS-TRACK AND FIELD
Arkansas' Scott breaks 5,000-meter school record
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The eighth-ranked University of Arkansas women's track and field team has shattered a school record, taken down five personal records and broken into the Southeastern Conference top-times list at the Mt. SAC Relays in California.
Dominique Scott broke the Arkansas school record in the 5,000-meter Friday with a time of 15:42.42. She takes down Jessica Dailey's previous record of 15:48.89 which was also set at the Mt. SAC Relays in 2000. Her time ranks Number 1 in the SEC and 5th in the NCAA.
Grace Heymsfield recorded a personal-best performance of 16:05.96, shaving 10 seconds off of her previous record of 16:15.75.
A personal-best performance by Stephanie Brown in the 1,500-meter elite section earned her the top time in the NCAA and the SEC with an effort of 4:11.40.
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