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CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James finished with 33 points, eight rebounds and five assists in just over 34 minutes as the Cleveland Cavaliers thumped Chicago 106-91 to even the Eastern Conference semifinal series at a game apiece. Kyrie Irving added 21 for the Cavs, who led by 25 in the third period. James Jones hit five of the Cavaliers' 12 3-pointers and finished with 17 points.

HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored half of his 32 points in the fourth quarter and finished with seven assists as the Houston Rockets outscored the Los Angeles Clippers 115-109, evening the Western Conference semifinal series at a game apiece. Dwight Howard contributed 24 points and 16 rebounds for Houston, while Trevor Ariza (ah-REE'-zah) added 15 points and 13 boards. The Clippers played their second straight game without point guard Chris Paul because of a strained hamstring.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Capitals have a 3-1 lead in their second round series after Andre Burakovsky scored the tying and winning goals in a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers. Burakovsky beat Henrik Lundqvist late in the second period and tallied again 24 seconds into the third. Braden Holtby handled 28 shots and blanked the Rangers after Derick Brassard scored at 6:12 of the middle period.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tyler Johnson scored with 1.1 seconds remaining to lift the Lightning past the Canadiens 2-1, giving Tampa Bay a 3-0 lead in the second round of the NHL's Eastern Conference playoffs. Johnson's eighth goal of the playoffs came after Ben Bishop stopped 30 shots and blanked the Habs until Brendan Gallagher beat him midway through the third period. Alex Killorn also scored for Tampa Bay, which can clinch the series on Thursday night.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper is the fourth Washington National to homer three times in a game, and the first since Ryan Zimmerman almost two years ago. Harper went deep in his first three at-bats and had five RBIs as the Nats beat Miami 7-5 Wednesday afternoon. Washington has won seven of nine since a six-game losing streak.

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