May 3rd, 2010
12:06 PM ET

Sports Update: Heated playoff battles in NHL, NBA tonight

LeBron James, who scored 35 points in his last game, hopes to beat the Celtics again Monday.

A little more than 24 hours after receiving his second MVP trophy in his hometown of Akron, Cavs star LeBron James returns to the court tonight for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Celtics. James had 35 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in a come-from-behind win in the opening game. That series highlights (all times Eastern) a playoff-heavy day of sports in the NBA and NHL.

-Flyers at Bruins (7:00 pm, Versus) and Canucks at Blackhawks (9:00 p.m., TNT)
Boston won at home in overtime to take a 1-0 lead in its series while the Canucks stole Game One in Chicago on Saturday, making tonight’s Game 2 a must-win for the Blackhawks.

-Celtics at Cavaliers (8 p.m., TNT)
"We don’t like them, they don’t like us,” Cavaliers guard Mo Williams said prior to Game One. That usually makes for great theater. Cleveland 101-93 took Game One in what should be an entertaining series.

-Spurs at Suns (TNT, 10:30 p.m.)
“Phoenix is probably the most underrated team among the eight remaining playoff contenders,” says’s Britt Robson of the Suns-Spurs series that begins tonight in Phoenix. "They boast the most potent offensive trio in Amar’e Stoudemire, Steve Nash and Jason Richardson, as well as under-appreciated depth and remarkable consistency - they haven't lost two games in a row since late January. But San Antonio is healthy, hungry and primed for one last championship campaign. It will continue at least into the conference finals." Robson likes the Spurs in six.


Final round score by Japanese golfer Ryo Ishikawa - the lowest score ever on a major tour - to win The Crowns Sunday for his seventh Japan Tour title.

Goals this season for Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, whose last-minute header gave Real Madrid a 3-2 victory against Osasuna on Sunday. Real is one point behind La Liga leaders Barcelona with three games to play.

Points scored by Kobe Bryant in the final 5 ½ minutes in the Lakers’ 104-99 win over the Jazz in Game One of their best-of-7 Western Conference semifinal series

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