OAKLAND, California (AP):Klay Thompson scored 37 points as fellow ‘Splash Brother’ Stephen Curry watched injured and the Golden State Warriors again dominated without their MVP to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 118-106 on Sunday in Game One of the Western Conference semi-finals.Draymond Green had his second career postseason triple-double with 23 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists for the defending champions.With Curry sidelined because of a sprained right knee, Green and Thompson took charge again. Thompson hit seven more three-pointers to become the first player in NBA history to make at least seven threes in three straight playoff games.Game Two of the best-of-seven series is tonight at Oracle Arena.Golden State reserve Anderson Varejao and Portland’s Gerald Henderson were ejected late in the third quarter after receiving their second technical foulsPortland’s Damian Lillard had another slow start back home in the Bay Area, missing 11 of his first 13 shots before finishing with 30 points – 10 on free throws.HEAT 106, HORNETS 73Goran Dragic scored 25 points, Gerald Green added 16 and Miami ended Charlotte’s season, beating the Hornets in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference first-round series.The Heat will open the second round at Toronto tonight.Luol Deng scored 15 points, Dwyane Wade added 12 and Hassan Whiteside had 10 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks for the Heat. They have won their last four Game Sevens – each of the previous three coming along the way to winning NBA championships.Frank Kaminsky scored 12 points for Charlotte.RAPTORS 89, PACERS 84DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 rebounds and 10 points and Toronto beat Indiana in Game Seven of the first-round series.Rookie Norman Powell added 13 points, Kyle Lowry had 11 points and nine assists and Patrick Patterson had 11 points to help Toronto win a seven-game series for the first time in franchise history.The Raptors won their first postseason series since a five-game triumph over the New York Knicks in 2001, ending the NBA’s longest active drought between playoff series victories.Paul George led Indiana with 26 points and 12 rebounds, George Hill scored 19 points and Monta Ellis had 15.
A federal marine agency reaffirmed endangered species status Tuesday for steelhead trout off Southern California’s coast but failed to protect related species found in the Santa Clara River and Piru Creek. The National Marine Fisheries Service designated 10 populations of West Coast steelhead trout but excluded rainbow trout and steelhead trout landlocked above dams from the listed populations. “All forms of steelhead including resident and juvenile fish should be protected from the Bay Area south, since many southern streams have only remnant populations of ocean-run fish,” said Jeff Miller, wildlife advocate with the Center for Biological Diversity. “Adult steelhead do not make it every year into our drier southern streams, which are impaired by water diversions, and as a result resident fish and trout trapped above dams are an important genetic component for maintaining and restoring steelhead runs.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Under the new listing policy for steelhead, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will retain jurisdiction over “resident” trout populations – those found behind dams. The agency has no plan to list these populations given that the Bush administration has consistently opposed protections for endangered species, Miller said. Opponents argued that the new policy makes no sense biologically because it arbitrarily divides steelhead populations. Rainbow and steelhead trout are different life forms of the same species. Rainbows stay in streams as resident fish whereas steelhead migrate to the ocean and return to streams to spawn and rear. National Marine Fisheries had proposed in June to include resident trout and some landlocked steelhead in the listed West Coast populations. The Center for Biological Diversity and other conservation groups are concerned about steelhead trout at the southern end of the species’ range, where the fish are rare because of the impacts of dams and other development. There is significant evidence of close genetic relationships between resident trout and steelhead trout in waterways including the Ventura River, Santa Clara River, Piru Creek and Sespe Creek.