Trails Blazers eye chance for road sweep vs. Nuggets

(AP) -- The Denver Nuggets stressed defending the 3-point line leading up to Game 1 of their first-round series against the Portland Trail Blazers, but the emphasis didn't matter.

Portland scorched the Nuggets from behind the arc in a 123-109 win on Saturday night, and now the Trail Blazers will have a chance to sweep the first two games on the road when the teams meet for Game 2 on Monday night in Denver.

Portland has a good chance for the win if it keeps shooting well from long range. The Trail Blazers hit 19 of 40 shots from 3-point range and outscored Denver 57-33 from behind the line.

Khris Middleton, Bucks attempt to go up 2-0 against Heat

When it came down to the most clutch moment, Khris Middleton was cool under pressure once again for the Milwaukee Bucks.

Middleton's game-winning shot with half a second remaining in overtime lifted the Bucks to a 109-107 victory over the Miami Heat on Saturday afternoon. (MORE)

Canadiens seeking home-ice edge in Game 3 vs. Maple Leafs

After splitting the first two games on the road, the Montreal Canadiens hope to take advantage of home ice Monday night in Game 3 of their first-round, best-of-seven playoff series against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Canadiens escaped Toronto even in the series despite scoring only three goals in the two games. They won the opener 2-1 but lost Game 2 on Saturday 5-1 despite scoring the first goal. (MORE)

Lightning aim to finish off Panthers in Game 5

The Tampa Bay Lightning can advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs with a victory Monday night in Game 5 against the host Florida Panthers in Sunrise, Fla.

Tampa Bay comes into the game holding a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series after beating the visiting Panthers 6-2 on Saturday afternoon. (MORE)

Rays shoot for 10th win in a row in matinee vs. Jays

Tampa Bay has earned at least a split of its four-game road series against Toronto, but the red-hot Rays are looking to pile on more wins.

Victorious in a major-league-best nine straight, the Rays will attempt to win their third consecutive game in the series Sunday when they face the Blue Jays in Dunedin, Fla. (MORE)

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