Cavaliers down...NBA lottery...Tampa fights back
BOSTON (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers will have to regroup following a second loss to the Boston Celtics in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals. Despite 42 points by LeBron James, the Celtics were dominant in a 107-94 loss. Jaylen Brown scored 23 points for the Celts. Boston improved to 8-0 this postseason at TD Garden. Game 3 is Saturday in Cleveland.
CHICAGO (AP) — In some ways, it’s a reward for being bad. The Phoenix Suns, who won just 21 games last season, won the No. 1 pick in next month’s NBA draft. It’s the first time the Suns will have the chance to make the first overall selection. The Suns had the right combination of pingpong balls pop up for them at the draft lottery on Tuesday night. Sacramento will pick No. 2 and Atlanta gets the No. 3 pick — both of them moving up to get there.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Washington Capitals 4-2 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final Tuesday night and cut their series deficit to 2-1. Victor Hedman scored his first goal of the playoffs and added two assists, and Andrei Vasilevskiy (vah-sihl-EHV’-skee) made 36 saves to help. Game 4 will be Thursday in Washington.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Missed it by that much. Right-hander Jordan Lyles came within five outs of the first perfect game in San Diego Padres history. The Padres won 4-0 against the Rockies, Lyle’s old team.
MIAMI (AP) — Rough times for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position in a 4-2 loss to Miami. Dodger hurler Wei-Yin Chen and four relievers, and were beaten by a last-place team for the fifth game in a row. Los Angeles managed only five hits after being swept in a four-game series at home by woeful Cincinnati.