Thunder win by 24, lead Warriors 3-1

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Russell Westbrook had 36 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Golden State Warriors 118-94 on Tuesday night to take a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals and put the defending NBA champions on the brink of elimination.

It was Westbrook's first triple-double of the playoffs after posting 18 in the regular season. Kevin Durant added 26 points and 11 rebounds for Oklahoma City.

Golden State, which won a league record 73 games in the regular season, lost consecutive games for the first time this season. The Warriors must win Game 5 on Thursday in Oakland to keep their season alive.

Pens win 5-2 in Tampa to force Game 7

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Pittsburgh Penguins made good on Evgeni Malkin's pledge to force Game 7 in the Eastern Conference final.

Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist, and Phil Kessel, Kris Letang, Bryan Rust and Nick Bonino also scored Tuesday night in a 5-2 victory that evened the best-of-seven series with the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-3. (MORE)

LA gets first Super Bowl since 1993

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) If you spend billions of dollars to build it, they will come.

Three times over. (MORE)

Strasburg goes to 8-0, Nats rip Harvey

WASHINGTON (AP) As an unbeaten pitcher for a first-place team, Stephen Strasburg is at the top of his game.

Given where he was a year ago, perhaps the Nationals' star can serve as a positive example for struggling Matt Harvey of the New York Mets. (MORE)

Tomlin now 7-0, Indians rough up Sale

CHICAGO (AP) Cleveland manager Terry Francona raved about Josh Tomlin. The Indians roared when Mike Napoli's awkward slide into third base was shown on the TV in the visitors' clubhouse.

Fun night all around for Tomlin and company. (MORE)

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