NBA playoffs begin...Red Sox help Boston heal...Pens win East

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Associated Press

Posted on April 21, 2013 at 1:35 AM

Updated Sunday, Apr 21 at 1:36 AM

UNDATED (AP) — The New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets were winners in the opener of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. Carmelo Anthony poured in 36 points and the Knicks outscored Boston 18-8 in the fourth quarter of an 85-78 win over the Celtics. Deron Williams delivered 22 and seven assists in the Nets' 106-89 rout of Chicago.

UNDATED (AP) — The Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers took Game 1 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series. Andre Miller capped his playoff career-high 28 points by draining a layup with 1.3 seconds left to give the Nuggets a 97-95 win over Golden State. Chris Paul led seven Clippers in double-figures with 23 points while dishing out seven assists in a 112-91 win against Memphis.

BOSTON (AP) — After honoring the victims and the survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings, the Red Sox kept on with their best start in 11 years by beating the Kansas City Royals 4-3. The Royals held a 2-1 lead until Daniel Nava (NAH'-vah) smacked a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth, allowing the Red Sox to improve to 12-4. The Red Sox wore white home jerseys with "Boston" on the front instead of the customary "Red Sox," and Neil Diamond was on hand to sing "Sweet Caroline," which has been a Fenway Park favorite since 2002.

BOSTON (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins have wrapped up home-ice throughout the NHL's Eastern Conference playoffs by downing the Bruins 3-2 in Boston. The game was tied 1-1 until Jarome Iginla (ih-GIHN'-luh) and Kris Letang (leh-TANG') scored power-play goals in the first 8 1/2 minutes of the third period. The game was pushed back by one day because of the manhunt for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Charley Hoffman has the lead after three rounds of the PGA's RBC Heritage. He shot a 5-under-66 to finish play 11 shots under par, three shots in front of Webb Simpson. Kevin Streelman is four back.

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