Cavs win opener on the road...Lightning work OT for 2-1 lead

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ATLANTA (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers have taken the opener of their Eastern Conference final by going on the road and beating Atlanta 97-89. LeBron James led the scoring parade with 31 and ex-Knick J.R. Smith added 28 points, making 8 shots from three-point land. Game 2 is Friday night in Atlanta.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard is iffy for tonight's Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. Howard suffered a sprained left knee in Tuesday night's series opener won by the Warriors 110-106.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP)— Nikita Kucherov (KOO'-cheh-rawf) scored at 3:33 of overtime to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 6-5 victory over the New York Rangers last night. That gives the Lightning a 2-1 lead in that NHL Eastern Conference final with Game 4 Friday night in Tampa.

CHICAGO (AP)— The Chicago Blackhawks, fresh off their 3-2 triple-overtime victory over Anaheim Tuesday night, return home for Game 3 of their Western Conference final. That series is tied at a game apiece.

WASHINGTON (AP) —The Washington Nationals have ridden their current surge into sole possession of first place in the National League East for the first time this season. Denard Span's bases-loaded single in the seventh inning drove in the go-ahead run in the Nationals 3-2 win over the New York Yankees to give Washington a one-game lead over the New York Mets, who were blanked 9-0 by St. Louis.

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