April 19, 2009|By From Sun staff and news services

Rose's 36 carry Bulls past Celts in OT


Derrick Rose scored 36 points in his playoff debut and helped the Chicago Bulls do something not even Michael Jordan could: beat the Boston Celtics in the postseason. Rose had 11 assists to go with his career high in points, and Tyrus Thomas made a jumper from the corner with 51 seconds left in overtime to lead the visiting Bulls to a 105-103 victory over the defending NBA champions in Game 1 of their best-of-seven first-round series. Rajon Rondo scored 29 points and added nine rebounds and seven assists for Boston, which was without Kevin Garnett and without much help from the rest of the Big Three. Paul Pierce had 23 points but missed the potential game-winning free throw at the end of regulation, and his potential game-tying basket was blocked with 3.7 seconds left in OT. Ray Allen, who had four points on 1-for-12 shooting, had a chance to force a second overtime, but his jumper from the right side bounced off the back of the rim.

Mavericks 105, Spurs 97: : Getting a postseason road victory for the first time since its NBA Finals run in 2006, Dallas rode Josh Howard's 25 points and a clutch fourth quarter to start the playoffs with a win over San Antonio. The sixth-seeded Mavericks had lost nine consecutive playoff road games. Tim Duncan scored 27 points and Tony Parker had 24 for the Spurs.

Cavaliers 102, Pistons 84:: LeBron James banked in a three-pointer at the halftime horn and Cleveland's superstar finished with 38 points, eight rebounds and seven assists as the host Cavaliers embarked on their quest for a first NBA championship with a win over Detroit in Game 1. James' 41-foot runner stunned the Pistons and gave Cleveland a 12-point halftime lead. Rodney Stuckey scored 20 and Richard Hamilton 15 for the Pistons.

Jazz: : Center Mehmet Okur is questionable for Sunday's playoff opener at the Lakers with a strained hamstring.

Pitino says he's victim of extortion attempt

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Louisville coach Rick Pitino said he is the victim of an extortion attempt and has forwarded the information to the FBI. A statement released by the university said Pitino reported the threats to authorities last month and that the FBI is investigating. The statement does not specify the nature of the threats. Pitino said in the statement he did not plan to go public, but he recently learned that the person has gone to the media with "false, defamatory and outrageous allegations in an attempt to pressure me to cave in to this scheme."

Et cetera: : Big 12 Freshman of the Year Willie Warren, a 6-foot-4 guard, said he has no interest in leaving Oklahoma for the NBA. ... Nell Fortner signed a six-year contract extension with Auburn to continue as women's coach.

Astros pick up Cooper's option


The Houston Astros exercised the option on manager Cecil Cooper's contract for 2010. The Astros are off to a 3-7 start, but general manager Ed Wade said picking up the option was "a formality as far as I was concerned." Cooper, who has a 104-98 record with Houston, won 86 games last season. That was a 14-game turnaround from the previous year.

Cubs: : MLB suspended outfielder Milton Bradley two games for arguing balls and strikes and making contact with umpire Larry Vanover in Thursday's loss to the Cardinals. Fined an undisclosed amount, Bradley will appeal.

Kalas: : Thousands of fans, former and current players, friends and family filed into Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park to bid farewell to legendary broadcaster Harry Kalas. Many mourners wept as they passed by Kalas' casket behind home plate. They paid their final respects and celebrated Kalas' life during a 90-minute on-field tribute. The Hall of Fame announcer, 73, died Monday.

Nationals: : Washington placed Roger Bernadina on the 15-day disabled list after the center fielder broke his right ankle during Saturday's game. He was replaced by Elijah Dukes, who was in the original starting lineup but was replaced by Bernadina after reporting late for pre-game stretching. ... The team purchased the contract of former Orioles infielder Alex Cintron from Triple-A Syracuse.

Et cetera: : Blue Jays catcher Michael Barrett was placed on the 15-day DL with a torn muscle and possible fracture in his right shoulder. ... The Angels put right-hander Dustin Moseley on the 15-day DL with elbow irritation. ... Plate umpire Ed Hickox was taken to a hospital for observation after he was struck on his helmet by a foul ball during the Indians-Yankees game.

Martin, 50, wins 1st race in 4 years

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