Eastern Conference

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'The Shot' by LeBron Has Echoes of Jordan

(Newser) - LeBron James' 3-point bomb at the buzzer last night to beat Orlando is the stuff of legend. In fact, writes Jodie Valade in the Plain Dealer, it invokes another classic shot in Cavaliers' history, this one by Michael Jordan 20 years ago to beat Cleveland. "He was born to... More »

West's Late 3-Pointer Hands Cavs 3-1 Series Edge

King James adds 34 points, 12 rebounds in 100-97 victory

(Newser) - LeBron James had 34 points and 12 rebounds, and dished the ball to Delonte West for a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 5.4 seconds left Sunday, helping the Cavaliers get past the Wizards 100-97 to take a 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference playoff series. Cleveland led by 15 in... More »

Late Goals Carry Penguins Past Senators

Malone's tally is the difference after Pens blow three-goal lead

(Newser) - Ryan Malone scored Pittsburgh's third power-play goal of the game with only 1:02 remaining and the Penguins squandered a three-goal lead against Ottawa, then rallied for a 5-3 victory Friday over the Senators and a sweep of their first two home games in the Eastern Conference playoff series. Pittsburgh’... More »

Ovechkin's Goal Leads Caps to Game 1 Win

League's top scorer starts Washington's third-period rally

(Newser) - Held without a shot until late in the third period, Alex Ovechkin stole the puck and netted the tiebreaking goal with 4 1/2 minutes remaining, leading the Washington Capitals to a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference first-round series Friday. Ovechkin also set... More »

Habs Eliminate Sabres

Buffalo's playoff hopes come to an end

(Newser) - Bryan Smolinski scored twice, Carey Price came within 8:30 of posting his second straight shutout, and the Montreal Canadiens beat Buffalo 3-1 on Thursday night, eliminating the Sabres from the playoff race. Chris Higgins also scored for Montreal, which is tied with Pittsburgh atop the Eastern Conference with 102... More »

Rangers Have Devils' Number

New York wins seventh straight against New Jersey

(Newser) - It looked as though New Jersey was going to skate away with a rare victory against the Rangers tonight, but Christian Backman changed all that with a game-tying goal in the 3rd period. New York went on to win, 3-2, securing their seventh straight win over the Devils this season.... More »

Jamison Casts Spell Over Pistons

Wizards prove themselves with win over Detroit

(Newser) - The Wizards aren’t among the best in the NBA but they sure know how to play among them. They beat the Pistons tonight, 95-83, reports the AP, adding that to the two games each they've won against Boston, Dallas, New Orleans and Cleveland this season – all top performers... More »

Rangers Best Isles to Earn Home Split

Maple Leafs dominate Bruins; Flyers stop Lightning

(Newser) - The Islanders were unable to complete a home-and-home sweep of the Rangers tonight, losing to their NY rival, 4-1.  The Rangers, despite losing in a shootout to the Isles Tuesday night, are 8-0-3 in their last 11 games and now find themselves in sixth place, a mere four points... More »

Celtics Top Atlanta, 98-88

Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett prove a dynamic duo

(Newser) - Winners of five straight, the Boston Celtics continued their domination of the Eastern Conference today with a win over the Atlanta Hawks, 98-88. Paul Pierce accounted for 30 of the Celtics points, while Kevin Garnett  added 20 points and 16 boards, reports the AP.  Sam Cassell, recently waived... More »

Nets Take Home Opener From Bulls in OT

Chicago piles up fouls, turnovers; Jefferson leads way for NJ

(Newser) - The Nets took their season opener from the Bulls in overtime, 112-103.  It was their 12th straight win over Chicago on home court, causing the Bulls' Ben Gordon to say after, "I don't know what it is about this place."  Nets leading scorer Richard Jefferson, reports... More »

Piston Fans Dump Big Ben

Fans jeer one of the best players in team history

(Newser) - Despite six years of success in Detroit, where his defense and charisma helped turn around a slumping franchise, Ben Wallace can't get a break from the fickle fans who once loved him. Wallace jumped ship to division rival Chicago after being offered a frankly insane $60 million, four-year deal. Detroit... More »

Senators on Verge of Exorcising Devils

Ottawa takes a 3-1 series lead against the East's top seed

(Newser) - Ironman goalie Martin Brodeur was good, but the Ottawa front line was even better in a 3-2 Game 4 victory that has New Jersey on the verge of crashing out of the playoffs. Winger Dany Heatley played the hero before an electrified home crowd; he assisted on Daniel Alfredsson's goal,... More »

NBA's Least Interesting Series Ends

Cavs put down Wizards in feeble echo of last year's exciting matchup

(Newser) - Minus All-Stars Gilbert Arenas and Caron Butler, who kept things competitive in 2006, the Wizards succumbed in four games to the Cavaliers. Cleveland, nevertheless, looked vulnerable in sweeping the playoffs' most hapless team. Doughty young LeBron had a poor shooting night, going 8-22, but he hit 14 of 17 from... More »

Injured Arenas Looks Finished for the Season

(Newser) - Gilbert Arenas, the hot-shooting Washington guard sportswriters are now legally required to describe as "quirky," is out for 2 to 3 months with a knee injury.  Unless he recovers and the Wizards reach the NBA Finals minus both him (their leading scorer) and fellow All-Star Caron Butler... More »

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