• Bam Adebayo scored 23 points, Jimmy Butler had 22 points and 12 assists, helping lift the Heat over the Philadelphia 76ers 119-103 on Wednesday night for a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Tyrese Maxey scored 34 points in Philadelphia’s losing effort, which got 21 from Tobias Harris and 20 from James Harden. Game 3 will be Friday in Philadelphia.


  • Chris Paul turns in another spectacular 4th quarter scoring 14 of his 28 points and leading the Phoenix Suns to a 2-0 series lead with a 120-109 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday. Luka Doncic turned in a 35 point game despite Dallas being beat handedly.


  • Friday Playoff schedule (no games on Thursday) – Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76er’s – 7:00pm EST (ESPN), Phoenix Suns at Dallas Mavericks – 9:30pm EST (ESPN)



  • The Boston Bruins fall for the 2nd straight game losing to the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2. Sebastian Aho and Nino Niederreriter both had a pair of goals a piece for Carolina. Game 3 will be Friday night in Boston.


  • Victor Hedman had a goal and 3 assists for his first 4-point playoff game and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-3 on Wednesday night to even the 1st-round series at 1-1. Nikita Kucherov had a goal and 2 assists and Brayden Point, Corey Perry and Brandon Hagel also scored for Tampa Bay. Andrei Vasilevskiy had 31 saves in a redemption game after the Lightning dropped the opener 5-0. Game 3 is Friday in Florida.


  • The Minnesota Wild was pushing 70 minutes without scoring when they finally caught a break after a St. Louis broken stick. Kirill Kaprizov had a hat trick and Eriksson Ek scored 2 goals for the Wild, who jumped back at the St. Louis Blues with a 6-2 victory to even their 1st-round playoff series at 1-1 Wednesday night.


  • The Edmonton Oilers run over the Los Angeles Kings 6-0 and even the series at 1-1. Mike Smith bounced back with a perfect 30-save night. Evander Kane had 2 goals and 1 assist, Ryan McLeod had 1 of each. Jesse Puljujarvi, Darnell Nurse and Leon Draisaitl also scored. Connor McDavid added 2 assists. Game 3 is Friday in Los Angeles.


  • Thursday Playoff schedule : Pittsburg Penguins at New York Rangers – 7:00pm EST (TNT), Washington Capitals at Florida Panthers – 7:30pm EST (TBS), Nashville Predators at Colorado Avalanche – 9:30pm EST (TNT), Dallas Stars at Calgary Flames – 10:00pm EST (TBS)



  • 1st base umpire Dan Bellino ejected Arizona DiamondbacksĀ left-handerĀ Madison Bumgarner following an inspection for unknown substances on his hand after the 1st inning of Wednesday’s game against the Miami Marlins. The exchange became heated after it Ā appeared Bumgarner received a different check than Marlins right-hander Elieser Hernandez.


  • Toronto Blue Jays avoid the sweep and put an end to the Yankees 11 game win streak. Blue Jays beat New York 2-1.


  • New York Mets right-handedĀ relieverĀ Trevor May has a stress reaction in his humerus bone and will be out for at least the next four weeks.