DENVER (AP) – Nikola Jokic scored 37 points and the Denver Nuggets withstood Damian Lillard’s 39-point effort and Enes Kanter’s strong return to Portland’s lineup in a 121-113 win over the well-rested Trail Blazers in the opener of their second-round playoff series. Lillard, who struck for 50 points, missed 8 of 12 3-point attempts and Gary Harris blocked his 3 from behind in the closing minute to keep the Trail Blazers from closing in. Jamal Murray added 23 points for Denver.
TORONTO (AP) – Despite being down by 19 in the first half, the Toronto Raptors almost came back in a 94-89 loss at home against the Philadelphia 76ers. Jimmy Butler had 30 points and 11 rebounds to help the Sixers hold on for the win and tie the series at a game each. Game 3 is Thursday night in Philadelphia.
DALLAS (AP) – Pat Maroon flicked a puck over goalie Ben Bishop with 1:38 left in a wild third period, and the St. Louis Blues beat the Dallas Stars 4-3. The Blues took a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinal series and are still undefeated on the road this postseason. Maroon’s second goal of the playoffs came after he gathered a loose puck to the left of Bishop and scored. Game 4 is Wednesday night in Dallas, before the series shifts back to St. Louis.
MILWAUKEE (AP) – Struggling slugger Jesus Aguilar hit his first two homers of the season and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Colorado Rockies 5-1 with NL MVP Christian Yelich sidelined by lower back soreness. Zach Davies allowed an unearned run in 5 1/3 innings, and Milwaukee opened a 10-game homestand with a breakout game from its beefy first baseman. Aguilar entered hitting .123 after accruing 35 homers and 108 RBIs last season.
NEW YORK (AP) – The NFL and Twitter have announced a multiyear extension, including six new live shows for the league’s 100th season. The six shows will be focused on some of the league’s highest-profile events, including the NFL Kickoff, Thanksgiving games, conference championship games, Super Bowl, combine and draft.