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NHL Western Conference playoff scenarios

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NHL Western Conference playoff scenarios

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Trying tomake sense of the Western Conference playoff race? Here's the latest, following a busy Friday night in the NHL:

Who can clinch tonight in the NHL
The San Jose Sharks would clinch the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference...

- if they defeat the Phoenix Coyotes in regulation, overtime or shootout.

The No. 4 Nashville Predators would clinch the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference...
- if they defeat the St. Louis Blues in regulation or overtime

OR

- if they defeat the St. Louis Blues in a shootout AND the Phoenix Coyotes lose to the
San Jose Sharks in regulation, overtime or shootout or defeat the Sharks in a shootout.

OR

- if they get one point against the St. Louis Blues AND the Phoenix Coyotes lose to the
San Jose Sharks in regulation, overtime or shootout.

The Phoenix Coyotes would clinch the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference...

- if they defeat the San Jose Sharks in regulation or overtime AND the Nashville
Predators lose to the St. Louis Blues in regulation, overtime or shootout or defeat the
Blues in a shootout

OR

- if they defeat the San Jose Sharks in a shootout AND the Nashville Predators lose to
the St. Louis Blues in regulation, overtime or shootout

OR

- if they get one point against the San Jose Sharks AND the Nashville Predators lose to
the St. Louis Blues in regulation.

The Los Angeles Kings would clinch the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference...

- if they defeat the Anaheim Ducks in regulation, overtime or shootout AND the Nashville
Predators lose to the St. Louis Blues in regulation AND the Phoenix Coyotes lose to the
San Jose Sharks in regulation.
The Anaheim Ducks would clinch the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference...

- if they defeat the Los Angeles Kings in regulation, overtime or shootout AND the
Nashville Predators lose to the St. Louis Blues in regulation AND the Phoenix Coyotes
lose to the San Jose Sharks in regulation.

LeBron joins 30,000-point club with buzzer-beater vs Spurs

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LeBron joins 30,000-point club with buzzer-beater vs Spurs

SAN ANTONIO — LeBron James has joined the NBA's 30,000-point club.

James became the seventh player with 30,000 career points when he hit a jumper with one second left in the first quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers' game against the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night.

James was recognized by the arena before the second quarter and got a standing ovation from Spurs fans. James patted his heard and said "thank you so much."

James needed seven points Tuesday to get there. He missed his first two midrange jumpers before making two driving layups and a 20-footer. He hit the milestone jumper over Danny Green from 19 feet out.

The 33-year-old James joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points), Karl Malone (36,928), Kobe Bryant (33,643), Michael Jordan (32,292), Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) and Dirk Nowitzki (30,808) on the list.

At 33 years and 24 days, James is the youngest to reach the mark. Bryant was 34 years and 104 days when he got there.

The 14-time All-Star has averaged 27.1 points since breaking into the league as an 18-year-old in 2003.

Warriors have four All-Stars for second consecutive season

Warriors have four All-Stars for second consecutive season

OAKLAND -- The Warriors on Tuesday captured their first repeat of the season. For the second consecutive year, they’re sending four players to the All-Star Game.

Forward Draymond Green and guard Klay Thompson were announced as reserves for the game scheduled for Feb. 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. They join Warriors teammates Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, who were voted in as starters.

It’s the ninth time four players from one team were selected, but the first time it has happened in consecutive seasons.

The same four players made the team last season, when the Warriors went on to win the NBA Finals, but the format was strictly Western Conference vs. Eastern Conference.

Though reserves are still determined by a vote among coaches, the roster format has been altered this season. The top voting leaders in each conference -- Curry in the West, LeBron James in the East -- choose from the pool of available players, irrespective of conference affiliation. Those voted starters are first off the board.

With so many talented forwards migrating to the West -- including newcomers Paul George and Carmelo Anthony moving to Oklahoma City -- Green on Tuesday morning voiced some trepidation about being selected as reserve.

“It’s something that you want,” he said after shootaround. “It’s something I’d be excited about. But I do know it’s a tough pool.

“I want to be an All Star, one of the top guys in the league. But I’m here to win championships.”

Green is fourth on the Warriors in scoring, averaging 11.3 points, but leads them in rebounds (7.9) and assists (7.6). Despite missing seven of the team’s 47 games, he is making his third consecutive appearance in the All-Star game.

Thompson, who has played in all but one game this season, is making his fourth consecutive appearance in All-Star game. Third on the Warriors in scoring, at 20.6 points per game, he is having his most efficient season, shooting 48.6 percent from the field, including a league-leading 45.3 percent from deep.

Here is the full list of All-Stars:

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Starters: Stephen Curry, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins
Reserves: Jimmy Butler, Russell Westbrook, LaMarcus Aldridge, Draymond Green, Karl-Anthony Towns, Klay Thompson, Damian Lillard

EASTERN CONFERENCE
Starters: Kyrie Irving, DeMar DeRozan, LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid
Reserves: Kyle Lowry, Kristaps Porzingis, Kevin Love, Bradley Beal, John Wall, Al Horford, Victor Oladipo