May 4th, 2010
12:30 PM ET

Sports Update: The Magic dust off, Kobe's encore

Kobe Bryant and the Lakers host Utah in Game 2 tonight.

What will Kobe Bryant do for an encore? After scoring 11 points in the final minute to lead the Lakers past the Jazz in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal, Bryant and the NBA’s defending champions host Utah in Game 2 tonight at Staples Center (10:3 p.m., TNT).

The NBA and NHL playoffs top the sporting schedule, while baseball, soccer and tennis also on the docket. Here are some of the day highlights (all times Eastern).

Hawks at Magic (8 p.m., TNT). Will Dwight Howard and Co. be rusty? It’s been eight days since the Magic completed their sweep of the Bobcats, while the Hawks are coming off a series vs. the Bucks that lasted seven games.’s Britt Robson says the key to the series is how Atlanta’s frontcourt manages against Howard, the reigning defensive player of the year.

Penguins at Canadiens (7 p.m., Versus). With a lineup that includes four Quebecers and an owner in Mario Lemieux who was born in Montreal, the Penguins won’t hurt for followers as they head to Bell Centre for Game 2. The Habs will again look to goalie Jaroslav Halak, who has emerged as a star in the playoffs and made 38 saves in Game 1.

Sharks at Red Wings (7:30 p.m., Versus). There could be trouble brewing in Hockeytown with Joe Pavelski and Co. heading to Joe Louis Arena. Pavelski, who is riding a five-game goal-scoring streak, has become the first player to score more than once in three straight playoff games since Lemieux in 1992. He’ll try to continue that streak as San Jose looks to end Detroit’s string of four straight trips to the Western Conference finals.

By The Numbers

$15.67M: Previous record signing bonus that Bryce Harper, the presumptive No. 1 pick in next month’s MLB draft, will seek to eclipse, according to’s Jon Heyman.

10: LeBron James received his second straight MVP award on Monday night, making him the 10th player in NBA history to win the award in consecutive seasons.

1: Number of interceptions Darren Sharper needs to equal Rod Woodson for the most in NFL history. The 34-year-old Sharper signed a one-year deal Monday to return to the Super Bowl champion Saints next season.

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