WASHINGTON (AP) – Even with LeBron James and Dwyane (dwayn) Wade out with minor injuries and Chris Bosh home with flu-like symptoms, Ray Allen scored 23 points and the Heat’s B-squad assured Miami of having home-court advantage throughout the playoffs by clinching the best record in the NBA with a 103-98 victory over the Washington Wizards. Miami assured itself of having a better record than San Antonio, the top team in the Western Conference.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Kobe Bryant poured in 47 points in leading the L.A. Lakers past Portland 113-106 and improve their postseason chances. The victory moves the Lakers one game ahead of Utah in the race for the final playoff spot in the West.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) – The Masters, the first major of the PGA Tour season, tees off today with Tiger Woods the heavy favorite to win his fifth green jacket. Woods has not won a major in five years and trails Jack Nicklaus 18-14 in the race for most major titles. Woods tees off at 10:45 this morning (Eastern time).
BOSTON (AP) – Manny Machado’s three-run homer capped a five-run ninth inning and gave the Baltimore Orioles an 8-5 win over the Boston Red Sox. The game marked the end of a streak of 820 sellouts at Fenway Park — a streak that began in May 2003.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – The Boston Bruins have regained first place in the Northeast Division by holding off the New Jersey Devils 5-4 for their fifth win in six games. The Devils have lost eight straight.