Durant has 42, Thunder beat Pistons 112-111
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Kevin Durant scored 42 points, including 21 in the fourth quarter, and the Oklahoma City Thunder secured the No. 2 playoff seed in the Western Conference, rallying from 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Detroit Pistons 112-111 Wednesday night.
Oklahoma City had lost two straight to put itself in the must-win situation in the regular-season finale to earn the No. 2 seed. Durant brought the Thunder back while recording his 14th 40-point game of the season.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored a career-high 30 points for the Pistons, while Greg Monroe had 22, Kyle Singler added 20 and Andre Drummond recorded his ninth straight double-double to end the season for Detroit, finishing with 22 points and 13 rebounds.
Manning completes coaching staff at Wake
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - New Wake Forest basketball coach Danny Manning is bringing three members of his Tulsa coaching staff with him.
Manning filled out his staff Wednesday by adding Steve Woodberry, Brett Ballard and Justin Bauman.
Woodberry and Ballard will be assistant coaches while Bauman will be his director of basketball operations. Those are the same roles they filled on the Tulsa staff.
Manning says they "have an outstanding feel for the type of program we want to run."
Manning previously said he would retain assistant Randolph Childress from Jeff Bzdelik's staff with the Demon Deacons.
Woodberry and Ballard both were assistants to Manning on his first Golden Hurricane team in 2012.
Wake Forest hired Manning two weeks ago after he led Tulsa to its first NCAA tournament berth since 2003.
Anaheim Ducks hold off Stars 4-3 in series opener
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist, Frederik Andersen made 32 saves to win his NHL playoff debut, and the Anaheim Ducks opened the postseason with a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night.
Kyle Palmieri, Ryan Getzlaf and Mathieu Perreault scored in a dominant first period for the top-seeded Ducks, who began their playoff run on a dead sprint. Anaheim led 4-0 midway through the second period before Dallas got rolling in its first playoff game since 2008.
Captain Jamie Benn and Colton Sceviour had power-play goals, and Tyler Seguin scored with 6:07 left to trim the Ducks' lead to one. Anaheim hung on with a handful of big saves from Andersen, a 24-year-old Danish rookie.
Game 2 is Friday.
Rangers rally for 2 in 9th to beat Mariners 3-2
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Leonys Martin had a game-winning RBI single in the ninth inning as the Texas Rangers scored two unearned runs in a two-out rally against Fernando Rodney, beating the Seattle Mariners 3-2 on Wednesday night in a game that started as a battle of aces.
Rodney retired the first two in the ninth before Kevin Kouzmanoff's single that ricocheted off the glove of sliding shortstop Brad Miller and dribbled into the outfield. Mitch Moreland drew a walk before pinch-hitter Donnie Murphy's grounder was fielded by Miller, whose toss to second base was high and allowed Moreland to slide in safely.
Martin had the winner after Rodney's wild pitch allowed the tying run to score.
Mariners ace Felix Hernandez struck out nine and had retired 10 in a row before Martin's leadoff triple in the eighth ended the big right-hander's night. Yu Darvish struck out eight in seven innings for the Rangers.
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