Brandon Sutter scored on a wrist shot from the left circle 8:18 into the third period, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins rally for a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Wednesday night.
Mike Conley hit two free throws with 1.1 seconds left in overtime, and the Memphis Grizzlies grabbed the Western Conference's No. 7 seed away from Dallas by edging the Mavericks 106-105 on Wednesday night in the regular season finale.
Kevin Durant scored 42 points, including 21 in the fourth quarter, and the Oklahoma City Thunder secured the No. 2 playoff seed in the Western Conference, rallying from 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Detroit Pistons 112-111 Wednesday night.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has been cleared to resume running and shooting and will begin an intense, six-month training program next week upon his return from a short family trip to Europe, sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN.
Yasiel Puig has received threats from the human traffickers who orchestrated his 2012 defection from Cuba to Mexico, according to an ESPN The Magazine investigation, which uncovers new details about Puig's harrowing escape from the island.
The Milwaukee Bucks will announce later Wednesday that the longtime owner Herb Kohl has reached an agreement to sell the team to Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry for a purchase price of $550 million, according to sources familiar with the transaction.
Hector Sanchez singled home the winning run with two outs in the 12th inning, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 on Tuesday night after Brandon Belt's tying double in the ninth.