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NBA no. 1 seeds lose…Heat, Rockets win

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The No. 1 seeds were losers in their opening games of the NBA playoffs. Nikola Vucevic scored a playoff career-high 35 points and had 14 rebounds as the eighth-seed Orlando Magic downed the Milwaukee Bucks, 122-110. Damian Lillard continued his torrid scoring output by delivering a team-high 34 points in the Portland Trail Blazers’ 100-93 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Heat and Houston Rockets were winners in the opener of their respective NBA first-round series. Jimmy Butler scored 28 points and Goran Dragic  had 24 to lead the Miami Heat to a 113-101 victory over the Indiana Pacers. James Harden’s 37 points and 11 rebounds led the Rockets to a 123-108 win over the Thunder.

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Vegas Golden Knights closed out their NHL first-round series in five games and the Dallas Stars took a 3-2 lead in their series with Calgary. Alex Tuch  broke a 3-3 deadlock 1:34 into the third period to push the Knights past Chicago, 4-3. Anton Khudobin  stopped 29 shots and John Klingberg scored the tiebreaking goal 72 seconds into the third period of the Stars’ 2-1 triumph over Calgary.

TORONTO (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers grabbed a 3-1 lead in their Stanley Cup first-round series in Toronto before the Washington Capitals avoided a four-game sweep. Carter Hart stopped 29 shots and Michael Raffl  scored the game-winner in the Flyers’ 2-0 win over Montreal. The Caps rallied for a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders behind Alex Ovechkin , who scored the tying and winning goals.

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys have released defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, a day after the newcomer sustained a season-ending leg injury. McCoy tore his right quadriceps muscle Monday while engaging defensive tackle Antwaun Woods during an individual drill. The injury waiver means the Cowboys pay only the $3 million signing bonus on the $18 million, three-year contract McCoy signed as a free agent during the offseason.

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