ESPN 99.1 Sports Minute: NBA Preview and Recap, NHL Look Ahead, Mets Going for 12th Straight and Tigers Lose Closer
UNDATED (AP) — Two teams in the NBA playoffs can take a commanding 3-0 lead in their first-round series tonight. After taking the first two games in Toronto the Wizards are home to the Raptors this evening in the third game of their series, while in Dallas the Rockets enter their game with the Mavericks with the same 2-0 lead. The other game tonight has the Spurs at home to the Clippers with the series tied at 1-1.
UNDATED (AP) — Three teams, Cleveland, Chicago and Golden State, all took 3-0 leads in their NBA first-round playoff series last night. The Cavaliers beat the Celtics in Boston 103-95 while the Bulls stopped the Bucks in Milwaukee 113-106 and the Warriors came back from a 20-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Pelicans in New Orleans 123-119.
UNDATED (AP) — Montreal and New York's Rangers will advance to the second round of the playoffs with a win tonight. The Canadiens top Ottawa 3-1 and tonight's game is in Montreal, while the Rangers will attempt to eliminate the Penguins on home ice as well. The final game of the night has the Blues playing host to the Wild with the series tied at 2-2.
NEW YORK (AP) — The blisteringly hot New York Mets have won their last 11 games and tonight are cross town in the Bronx to face the Yankees. The winning streak equals a club record for consecutive games success. On the mound tonight for the Mets is Jacob deGrom against Michael Pineda.
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have lost closer Joe Nathan for the season. The 40-year-old suffered a torn ligament in his pitching elbow on Wednesday. Nathan is a six-time All-Star who was coming off one of his worst seasons ever as he blew seven save opportunities last season.
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