Sports Ticker August 24th
UNDATED (AP) — The Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics have completed four-game sweeps and will butt heads in the second round of the NBA Playoffs. Norman provided 29 of the Raptors' league-record 100 bench points in a 150-122 thrashing of the Brooklyn Nets. The Celtics earned a 110-106 win over Philadelphia as Kemba Walker dropped in 32 points and Jayson Tatum added 28 with a playoff career-best 15 rebounds.
UNDATED (AP) — Luka Doncic (DAHN'-chihch) and Donovan Mitchell had yesterday's top performances among Western Conference teams in the NBA playoffs. Doncic drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer and had a triple-double of 43 points, 17 rebounds and 13 assists in the Dallas Mavericks' 135-133 overtime win against the Los Angeles Clippers, evening that series at two games apiece. Mitchell's 51 points allowed Utah to withstand Jamal Murray's 50 points in a 129-127 win over Denver, giving the Jazz a 3-1 series lead.
UNDATED (AP) — The Boston Bruins and Vegas Golden Knights have opened the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs with victories. Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak (PAHS'-tur-nahk) each had a goal and an assist while the Bruins were building a 3-0 lead in a 3-2 victory over Tampa Bay. Reilly Smith, Mark Stone and Alex Tuch (tuhk) each had a goal and an assist to support Robin Lehner's (LEH’-nurz) 26-save performance in the Knights’ 5-0 shutout of Vancouver.
NORTON, Mass. (AP) — Dustin Johnson played the final two holes in near darkness after a late storm delay and finished with a birdie for an 8-under 63 and an 11-shot victory over Harris English at The Northern Trust. It was the 22nd victory of his PGA Tour career and fifth in a FedEx Cup playoffs event, tied with Rory McIlroy for most. Johnson finished at 30 under and returned to No. 1 in the world.
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Kevin Harvick has regained the NASCAR Cup Series victory lead by dominating yesterday’s race at Dover International Speedway. A day after Denny Hamlin opened the doubleheader weekend with his sixth win to match Harvick and one-upped his closest rival to claim NASCAR’s regular-season title. Martin Truex Jr. was second and Jimmie Johnson third.