UNDATED (AP) – Carmelo Anthony captured the NBA scoring title without even suiting up last night. Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, who would have needed 70 points to surpass Anthony, conceded the title as both he and Anthony sat out rather meaningless regular season finales in the NBA last night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Los Angeles Lakers made the NBA playoffs by securing the seventh spot in the West with their 99-95 overtime victory over the Houston Rockets last night. The Lakers will open the playoffs on the road against the second-seeded San Antonio Spurs.
NEW YORK (AP) – The Atlanta Hawks lost their chance to move up in the East standings. Chris Copeland scored 33 points on a night that belonged to the benches, and the New York Knicks wrapped up their winningest season in 16 years by beating the Hawks 98-92 for their 54th victory.
BOSTON (AP) – In the first major sporting event in Boston since the Boston Marathon bombings, Drew Stafford scored the only shootout goal after Buffalo tied the game in the final minute of regulation, and the Sabres beat the Bruins 3-2 before an emotionally charged sold-out crowd at TD Garden. The Bruins clinched a playoff berth with the point and climbed into a tie with Montreal for the Northeast Division lead.
PITTSBURGH (AP) – Nearly 12 years after throwing a no-hitter, Pittsburgh’s A.J. Burnett took a no-hitter in the seventh inning and left allowing one hit over seven frames in the Pirates’ 5-0 win over St. Louis. Carlos Beltran broke up the no-hit bid with a double.