May 15 Sports Briefs

Durant’s 37 lead Warriors over Rockets 119-106

HOUSTON (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 37 points and Klay Thompson added 28 to lead Golden State to a 119-106 win in the long-awaited showdown with the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals on Monday night. The Warriors trailed by as many as 9 early, but had evened it up by halftime and used a big run at the beginning of the fourth quarter to pull away. Eric Gordon opened the final period with a 3-pointer to get the top-seeded Rockets within 4, but Thompson scored the first eight points of a 13-4 run to make it 100-87 with about eight minutes left. Houston used a 9-3 spurt, where James Harden scored five, to cut the lead to 103-96 with less than five minutes to go. But Thompson struck again, hitting a wide open 3 to leave the Warriors ahead by 10 with four minutes left. Harden scored 41 to lead the Rockets, who lost at home for the second time this postseason. Steph Curry added 18 for the Warriors, who are in the conference finals for a franchise-record fourth straight time. It’s Houston’s first trip since 2015 when Golden State won the series in five games.

Mariners nip Twins 1-0 on Logan Morrison’s throwing error

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — First baseman Logan Morrison’s throwing error in the eighth inning accounted for the only run as Seattle defeated Minnesota 1-0 after a long rain delay on Monday. In the makeup of an April 8 postponement, Dee Gordon led off the eighth with a double against reliever Trevor Hildenberger (1-1). Jean Segura laid down a sacrifice bunt and Morrison threw the ball into right field, allowing Gordon to score. James Pazos (1-0) got the win in relief of starter Wade LeBlanc, who tossed six scoreless innings. Nick Vincent worked a 1-2-3 eighth and Edwin Diaz struck out the side in the ninth for his AL-leading 14th save in 15 chances. Twins starter Jake Odorizzi also threw six shutout innings.

Parra’s 3-run homer leads Rockies over Padres 6-4

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Gerardo Parra hit a go-ahead, threerun homer off Kazuhisa Makita (0-1) in the sixth inning and rookie Noel Cuevas went deep for the first time for Colorado. Daniel Castro also homered for the Rockies, who won for the second time in six games 6-4 on Monday. Freddy Galvis of the Padres finished a homer short of the cycle. Colorado’s Nolan Arenado had three hits and an RBI. Tyler Anderson (3-1) allowed four runs, three earned, on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. Wade Davis pitched the ninth for his 15th save.