How to win in the NHL’s Stanley Cup Playoffs

Los Angeles Kings shooting guard Anthony Duclair (30) shoots during the first period against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on January 26, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.

— The Los Angeles Lakers and Washington Wizards will meet in the first round of the playoffs for the first time in franchise history on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m.


The Los Angeles Clippers beat the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday, but it was a disappointing loss for the team.

The Clippers are one of the league’s best teams and have won five consecutive games.

The team has won 11 of the past 12 games and have taken six of their past seven away from home.

The Los Angles are 2-1 against the Wizards, but their last visit to the Washington Wizards was in 2017.

The Wizards beat the Clippers 109-100 on Jan. 28, but the team was outscored by 11 points in the final 2:21 of the game.

The Washington Wizards are coming off their biggest win of the season on Wednesday.

After missing a season-high six games with a foot injury, point guard John Wall returned to play in the loss to the Brooklyn Nets.

Wall had 11 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in 31 minutes against the Nets.

He was one of only two Wizards players with at least 10 rebounds.

The Sacramento Kings won their third straight game with a win over the Los Angeles Nets on Wednesday night.

After losing at home to the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday, the Kings defeated the Denver Nuggets 114-108.

Anthony Davis scored a season high 29 points and six assists, while DeMarcus Cousins had 15 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.

The Kings won the series for the sixth time in seven seasons.

The Portland Trail Blazers have lost their last four games.

After beating the Utah Jazz 107-104 on Wednesday and getting the better of the Los Clippers 106-101 on Monday night, Damian Lillard scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

The Blazers had a chance to win the game on a basket by Lillard but missed a wide-open jumper.

Portland has lost eight of its last 10 games.

However, they have won six of seven.

Portland is 2-0 against the Los Angaleses, but its last visit came in 2017 when the Blazers defeated the Clippers 116-105.

The last time Portland beat the Lakers was on March 7, 2018.

The Lakers won 109-110.

The Boston Celtics lost to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday but are 2 1-0 in the series.

The Celtics are 0-2 against the Rockets and have lost all three games.

The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Los Lakers 107-105 on Tuesday.

Kawhi Leonard had 21 points and 13 rebounds for the Spurs.

Austin Rivers had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Houston.

Kawhi Leonard scored 20 points for the San Antonio Stars.

Kyle Anderson scored 13 points and 12 rebounds for LA.

Devin Booker had 15 rebounds and 11 assists.

DeJuan Blair had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Atlanta.

The Miami Heat defeated the Washington Bullets 107-100.

Derrick Rose had 21 of his 23 points in overtime for the Heat.

Mario Chalmers had 22 points for Miami.

Goran Dragic had 18 points for Washington.

LeBron James scored 21 points for Cleveland.

Jarrett Jack had 20 of his 21 points in his second start for the Los Alamos Raiders.

Zach Miller scored 16 points for Los Alamogos.