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Analysis | Warriors’ Kevin Durant states his case as basketball’s most complete player

LOS ANGELES - Kevin Durant spent the opening week of the NBA postseason making his life far more difficult than it should have been. The Golden State Warriors forward was ejected from Game 1 for a pointless exchange with Patrick Beverley, leading Coach Steve Kerr to say Durant "took the bait" from the Los Angeles Clippers' feisty point guard after the blowout win. Durant then floated his way through Game 2, as the defending champs made history by blowing a 31-point lead. In the wake of that inexplicable collapse, in which he attempted just eight shots, Durant tangled with reporters who questioned his assertiveness or prodded about his budding mano a mano duel with Beverley. "I can definitely shoot over the top [of Beverley] and score every time if it's a one-on-one situation," Durant said Wednesday, taking care to note that he's often been facing multiple defenders and had no plans to force the issue. "I'm not going to get in the way of the game because I want to have a back-and-forth with Patrick Beverley. I'm Kevin Durant. Y'all know who I am." Observers implored him to tilt this first-round series by seizing control of his individual matchup, but Durant had grander plans. He delivered a statement in Game 3 not to Beverley or to the Clippers, but to the entire sport: No other player can do everything that I do, and I do everything the right way. All the noise and unnecessary complications faded on Thursday, as Durant tallied 38 points, four rebounds and seven assists to lead the Warriors to a 132-105 road victory. True to his promise, Durant unleashed a surgical dissection rather than a personal vendetta. There wasn't any appreciable difference between the shots he hit to bury the Clippers and the ones he had tossed up during pregame warm-ups. The routine commenced from the game's opening minute: Durant from the...

Durant, Curry shut down Clippers in Warriors' 132-105 win

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kevin Durant scored 38 points, Stephen Curry added 21 playing with five fouls, and the Golden State Warriors dominated from the opening tip to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 132-105 Thursday night and take a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series. The Warriors began the game on a 22-9 tear and went on to shoot 73% from the floor in the first, taking the crowd out of it early. Durant was perfect, making all five of his field goals and both free throws for 12 points. He and Curry picked up two fouls each, but the Warriors still built a 19-point lead. Kevon Looney, again filling in for injured DeMarcus Cousins, shot 4 for 4 in the first, dunking three times in a row. Game 4 is Sunday at Staples Center. The Clippers won Game 2 on the road after trailing by 31 points in the third quarter, stunning the Warriors with the largest comeback in NBA playoff history. But they couldn't find the basket this time, shooting 37% from the floor. Their only starter in double figures was rookie Ivica Zubac, who finished with 18 points after playing most of the fourth. Patrick Beverley, a defensive pest in Game 2, was limited to six points, four fouls, one rebound and no assists in 18 minutes. Lou Williams had 16 points, and Montrezl Harrell and JaMychal Green added 15 each off the bench. Los Angeles never led and failed to put together any kind of sustained run. Golden State's biggest run came in the third at the same time Curry was whistled for his fourth foul. The Warriors scored 14 straight points to lead 88-57. Durant and Green got hit with offsetting technicals during the spurt. Durant laughed it off and sank a jumper from the left corner seconds later. The Warriors extended the margin to 35 on Alfonzo McKinnie's 3-pointer late in the period. Durant had 27...

Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy homer in win over Brewers

Cody Bellinger hit his 10th home run, Max Muncy also went deep, and Julio Urias struck out nine and allowed one hit in six innings as the Dodgers beat the Brewers 3-1 in Milwaukee on Thursday to extend their winning streak to five games. "He was really good tonight," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Urias. "Best he's thrown. The differentiation between the fastball and the changeup tonight was very subtle. Those guys weren't taking good swings, weren't getting good looks at it." Bellinger drove a 3-2 pitch from reliever Matt Albers into the Dodgers' bullpen in right-center field in the sixth inning to snap a scoreless tie. Muncy followed two batters later with a two-run shot that landed in the netting above the Brewers' bullpen in left. Kenley Jansen earned his sixth save despite allowing Christian Yelich's 10th home run. Diamondbacks 4, Braves 1: Christian Walker hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning to help visiting Arizona complete a three-game sweep. Walker has six homers, all coming in the seventh inning or later. Tigers 9, White Sox 7: Nicholas Castellanos had three hits and two RBIs as host Detroit ended a five-game losing streak. The Tigers' Miguel Cabera, who came into the game with a .389 batting average in 13 games on his birthday, was 2-for-4 with two RBIs on his first day as a 36-year-old. Rockies 6, Phillies 2: Ryan McMahon homered twice and had five RBIs and Kyle Freeland pitched six scoreless innings as Colorado snapped a five-game home losing streak by winning its fourth in a row overall. Reds 4, Padres 1: Joey Votto led off the game with a home run, the first of three hit by Cincinnati, and six Reds pitchers combined for 13 strikeouts in the team's first road victory...

Parents who starved and shackled children sentenced to life

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The desperate cry for help came from a girl who had lived in such isolation for 17 years that she didn't know her address, the month of the year or what the word medication meant. But after jumping out a window from the filthy home where she lived with her parents and 12 siblings, she knew enough to punch the digits 9-1-1 into a barely workable cellphone and then began describing years of horrific abuse to a police dispatcher. The brave girl's call that freed her siblings - some who had been chained to their beds - led to the opposite fate for their parents, David and Louise Turpin, who face 25 years to life in prison when sentenced Friday. The couple pleaded guilty in Riverside County Superior Court in February to torture and other abuse and neglect so severe it stunted their children's growth, led to muscle wasting and left two girls unable to bear children. Before the 17-year-old escaped from the home in a middle-class section of the city of Perris, about 60 miles (96 kilometers) southeast of Los Angeles, the Turpins had lived largely out of view. David Turpin, 57, had been an engineer for Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. Louise Turpin, 50, was listed as a housewife in a 2011 bankruptcy filing. Their home was neatly kept and neighbors rarely saw the kids outside the home. When deputies arrived, they were shocked by what they discovered. A 22-year-old son was chained to a bed and two girls had just been set free from their shackles. The house was covered in filth and the stench of human waste was overwhelming. Deputies testified that the children said they were only allowed to shower once a year. They were mainly kept in their rooms except for meals, which had been reduced from three to one per day, a combination of lunch and dinner....

Music program founder charged with lewd acts against girls

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - The founder of a nonprofit group that was investigated over allegations it gave flutes possibly tainted with semen to schoolchildren has been charged with committing lewd acts against girls in California, it was announced Thursday. John Zeretzke, 60, of Ventura was indicted by an Orange County grand jury last month on charges involving five girls under age 14 in Los Angeles and Orange counties, the state attorney general's office said. Court records show he has pleaded not guilty to the charges, the Orange County Register reported. He was arrested this month and remained jailed Thursday, according to the county Sheriff's department website. A call to Zeretzke's home seeking comment was not immediately returned. Zeretzke founded an international program called Flutes Across the World that held programs in schools where thousands of students played or made flutes, which were distributed around the world. In 2017, California authorities began investigating reports that some flutes distributed to schoolchildren in Orange County school districts were tainted with semen. Parents in some districts were urged to put the flutes in paper bags and turn them in to authorities for testing. The new indictment did not provide many details and the attorney general's office declined to say whether the charges involved any allegations of tainted flutes. However, a statement from the office said the charges "are not based upon allegations that he personally had physical contact with any child." "Crimes against children are despicable. Schools must represent a safe environment for our students," Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in the statement. "No parent should fear for the safety and security of their child at school. We will work relentlessly to hold...