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May 16, 2018

BOSTON (AP) — Jaylen Brown scored 23 points and the Celtics withstood a 42-point night by LeBron James to hold off the Cavaliers 107-94 to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. Terry Rozier (roh-ZEER’) added 18 points and five assists. Al Horford finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Boston improved to 8-0 this postseason at TD Garden. The Celtics have never blown a 2-0 series lead in the playoffs.

CHICAGO (AP) — Phoenix has 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. Phoenix had the NBA’s worst record at 21-61. In 1969, Phoenix lost a coin flip for the top pick to Milwaukee. The Bucks took Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The Suns took Neal Walk.

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 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. Hedman had the primary assist on power-play goals by Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov and was a key part of three big penalty kills that gave Tampa Bay some much-needed momentum.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Right-hander Jordan Lyles came within five outs of the first perfect game in San Diego Padres history before allowing a single to Trevor Story in a 4-0 victory against the Colorado Rockies. Lyles, who moved into the rotation last week, retired the first 22 Rockies batters before Story’s single with one out in the eighth inning.

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona’s already sputtering offense has taken a severe hit: center fielder A.J. Pollock is expected to miss four-to-eight weeks with a broken left thumb. Pollock was injured diving unsuccessfully for Tyler Saladino’s line drive that turned into an inside-the-park home run in the ninth inning of Monday’s 7-2 loss to Milwaukee.

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