OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma City Thunder secured the No. 2 playoff seed in the Western Conference by rallying from 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Detroit Pistons 112-111 last 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. Kevin Durant scored 42 points.
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 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.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Frederik Andersen made 32 saves to win his NHL playoff debut as the Anaheim Ducks opened the postseason with a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars last night. Kyle Palmieri, Ryan Getzlaf and Mathieu Perreault scored in a dominant first period for the top-seeded Ducks. Anaheim led 4-0 midway through the second period before Dallas got rolling in its first playoff game since 2008.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Texas Rangers scored two unearned runs in a two-out rally to beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 last night in a game that started as a battle of aces. Leonys Martin had the winner after Fernando Rodney's wild pitch allowed the tying run to score. Yu Darvish struck out eight in seven innings for the Rangers.
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