BOSTON (AP) - Al Horford had 22 points and 14 rebounds, Marcus Smart made an impact in his first game since mid-March and the Boston Celtics beat the Milwaukee Bucks 92-87 for a 3-2 lead in their first-round playoff series. Smart came off the bench and had nine points, five rebounds, four assists and three blocks in his first game since undergoing right thumb surgery. He played 25 minutes wearing a protective splint and had a key assist late from the bottom of a scrum beneath three Milwaukee players.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Lorenzo Cain homered while reaching base four times in his return to Kauffman Stadium as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Kansas City Royals 5-2 to open their two-game set. Travis Shaw added a three-run homer for the Brewers. Salvador Perez homered in his return from the disabled list for Kansas City.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Brewers activated catcher Manny Pina from the disabled list and put him into the starting lineup for their series opener against the Kansas City Royals. They cleared roster space by optioning catcher Jacob Nottingham to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Pina was on the DL retroactive to April 13 with a strained left calf.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Ricky Rubio is not wilting under the pressure from Russell Westbrook, matching _ if not outplaying _ the reigning league MVP. Rubio is a major reason his Utah Jazz have a 3-1 lead against Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder in their first-round NBA playoff series. Rubio is averaging 18.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 8 assists. The Rubio-Westbrook matchup mirrors what is happening throughout the playoffs. Effective point guard play has translated to wins.
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