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Nats stretch series to limit…Mavs rally past Nuggets…Butler sharp in Heat debut…Lakers coast

HOUSTON (AP) _ Anthony Rendon (rehn-DOHN’) drove in five runs and Stephen Strasburg pitched into the ninth inning as the Washington Nationals whipped the Houston Astros, 7-2 to send the World Series to a seventh game. Rendon was 3-for-5 with an RBI single, a two-run homer and a two-run double as the Nationals pulled within one victory of the first World Series title in franchise history. Strasburg is 5-0 with a 1.98 in this postseason after limiting the Astros to a pair of runs and seven hits while striking out seven over 8 1/3 innings.

DENVER (AP) _ The Dallas Mavericks are 3-1 after turning an 11-point, third-quarter deficit into a 109-106 victory at Denver. Maxi Kleber had 14 points, seven rebounds and a key block late in the game to help Dallas hand the Nuggets their first loss in four games. Nine Mavericks players scored in double figures on a night their two top scorers were held in check. Luca Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) finished with just 12 points and Kristaps Porzingis (KRIHS’-tahps pohr-ZIHN’-gihs) added 10 with 14 rebounds.

MIAMI (AP) _ Jimmy Butler hit his first four shots and scored 21 points as the Miami Heat downed the visiting Atlanta Hawks, 112-97. Butler was 5 for 11 from the floor, and went 10 for 15 from the line in his team debut after missing Miami’s first three games following the birth of a daughter. Tyler Herro scored 19 of his 29 points in the second quarter to help the Heat build a 10-point halftime lead.

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Anthony Davis set a franchise record by nailing 26 free throws while scoring 40 points and grabbing 20 boards in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 120-91 rout of Memphis. It was his first 40-20 game since 2016 and the first by a Laker since Shaquille O’Neal in 2003. LeBron James added 23 points for the Lakers, who actually trailed 65-59 in the third quarter before ripping off a 27-2 run.

BOSTON (AP) _ David Pastrnak (PAHS’-tur-nahk) notched his NHL-leading 12th goal and the Bruins improved to a league-best 9-1-2 with a 5-1 verdict over the Sharks. David Krejci (KRAY’-chee) provided a goal and an assist in his first game since missing five straight with an injury. Chris Wagner also had a goal and an assist as the Bruins won their fourth straight and moved to 6-0-2 in their last eight.

Associated Press

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