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Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter had plenty of time to work on his shooting and stick handling as he recovered from surgery to repair a cut tendon in his ankle that sidelined him for 55 games.

Carter is making up for lost time with his scoring prowess since returning for the stretch run Sebastian Janikowski Jersey , leading the Kings in a contested playoff chase.

Carter completed a hat trick by scoring with 4:25 left and the Kings beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-2 on Thursday night.

”Carter had a hell of a game,” Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said. ”He’s a world-class player.”

Carter scored for the third consecutive game, helping the Kings open a two-point lead over the Anaheim Ducks for third place in the Pacific Division before the Freeway Faceoff rivals meet Friday night in Anaheim.

Carter capped his sixth career hat trick on a wrist shot from the left dot to give the Kings the lead at 15:35 of the third period. It was Carter’s 13th goal in 17 games since returning from injury, and his 59th multi-goal game in his 900th career appearance.

”It’s just his presence in a lot of areas checks a lot of boxes, but he’s a production guy,” Kings coach John Stevens said. ”He ends up in the scoring areas, he goes to the tough areas. He scores goals that other guys can’t.”

Carter has five goals and two assists during a three-game point streak.

Jack Campbell made 20 saves for his second career win, and the Kings won consecutive games for the first time since winning three in a row Feb. 17-20. Anze Kopitar added an empty-net goal with 1.7 seconds remaining, and Tyler Toffoli had two assists.

Kevin Connauton scored for the second straight game and Max Domi had a goal and an assist for the Coyotes, who had won two straight over the Kings. Darcy Kuemper made 31 saves.

Despite being in the mix to finish with the worst record in the NHL, Arizona has been playing as well as any team in hockey over the last two months. The Coyotes, who were 14-7-1 in their previous 22 games and coming off back-to-back wins over Stanley Cup contenders Vegas and Tampa Bay, continued that strong form.

However, they never had an answer for Carter.

”I think that can go in the memory bank and find ways to win that next year Julio Jones Jersey ,” Domi said. ”It’s a good test for us, but a really good learning experience, too.”

Los Angeles made it 2-all when Carter redirected Dion Phaneuf’s shot from the blue line in for a power-play goal at 11:49 of the second period, canceling out Domi’s backhand for his ninth goal at 5:14.

Connauton put the Coyotes ahead 1-0 at 12:26 in the first period with his third goal in two games, but Carter tied it up at 1 with 27.5 seconds remaining by tipping Derek Forbort’s shot past Kuemper for his 350th career goal.

”They’re all playoff games for us now,” Carter said. ”One of my roles on this team is to provide offense, so if I can keep putting them in the net that’s a good thing.”

NOTES: Kopitar set a new career-high with his 35th goal. . Campbell improved to 2-0-2 as Jonathan Quick’s backup since the Kings traded Kuemper to the Coyotes on Feb. 21. .. Coyotes rookie defenseman Trevor Murphy picked up his first assist on Domi’s goal. It was Murphy’s second point in four career games. … Clayton Keller’s 10-game point streak ended.

UP NEXT

Coyotes: Host the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night.

Kings: Visit the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night.




LeBron James is keeping his thoughts to himself.

Whatever concerns – or confidence – he might harbor about his Cleveland Cavaliers facing a 2-1 first-round Eastern Conference series hole heading into Game 4 at the Indiana Pacers on Sunday were not going to be made available for public consumption.

James decided not to speak to reporters on Saturday.

And he did not have a whole lot to say in the immediate aftermath of Game 3, either, when Indiana erased a 17-point deficit and then held on for a 92-90 victory over the Cavs.

Not only has the four-time MVP and three-time NBA champ never lost an opening NBA postseason series, going 12-0 in the past, he had never even trailed in the first round until this one, when Cleveland dropped Game 1 at home.

Now he is behind again.

”We’ve had some good quarters,” James said Friday, ”and we didn’t have some good quarters.”

Well Bruce Smith Jersey , that explains a lot.

Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue’s synopsis?

”They won a game we should have won,” Lue said. ”That’s what’s disappointing. But we’re not discouraged. We’ve got to get Game 4 – and I’m confident.”

In addition to Cavaliers-Pacers on Sunday, the day’s other NBA games are the Boston Celtics at the Milwaukee Bucks, the Golden State Warriors at the San Antonio Spurs, and the Toronto Raptors at the Washington Wizards.

A look at Sunday’s full slate of NBA playoff games:



CELTICS AT BUCKS

Boston leads 2-1. Game 4, 1 p.m. EDT, ABC

NEED TO KNOW: Good as All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo is, the Bucks are getting major contributions from Khris Middleton, who is giving the Celtics headaches with his mid-range jumper and all-around game. Middleton is averaging 26.3 points in the series, while shooting 62 percent overall, 12 of 19 on 3s. ”For me, it’s about seeing the offense, finding my spots to be aggressive,” Middleton said. ”Just playing in rhythm.”

KEEP AN EYE ON: The first quarter. Veteran forward Al Horford hopes the young Celtics can take lessons from their disastrous start in Game 3 Terrell Owens Jersey , when Boston was outscored 27-12 in the opening period and never recovered. Boston was flat in front of a raucous road crowd, overwhelmed by an energetic Bucks team that received contributions from up and down the roster. ”This is new for our group,” Horford said. ”We’ll look at film and learn from it.”

PRESSURE IS ON: One of the NBA’s best defensive teams in the regular season, the Celtics have been overrun by the Bucks of late. Milwaukee shot 57 percent in each of the last two games, making a franchise playoff-record 16 3s in Game 3.

INJURY UPDATE: It’s unclear whether Bucks C John Henson will be ready after sitting out Game 3 with a bad back. … Celtics G Marcus Smart will see a doctor again next week to determine when he can return to full-contact practice.



WARRIORS AT SPURS

Golden State leads 3-0. Game 4, 3:30 p.m. EDT, ABC

NEED TO KNOW: Spurs coach Gregg Popovich will sit out a second game in the aftermath of his wife’s death. Assistant Ettore Messina coached San Antonio in Game 3 and will again in Game 4. ”You know how important Pop is, not only for us players, but the whole organization and the whole NBA,” Manu Ginobili said. ”We probably are in a better situation emotionally, and hopefully it fuels us. But it’s hard to tell how a team is going to react.”

KEEP AN EYE ON: Ginobili. The 40-year-old could be playing in his last NBA game. Spurs fans serenaded Ginobili in last season’s Western Conference finale, believing it could be his farewell. It wasn’t. Ginobili says he will wait until the offseason to decide whether to return for a 17th season. ”It was super awkward,” Ginobili said. ”I didn’t want to acknowledge it. I didn’t want to ignore it.”

PRESSURE IS ON: Anyone on San Antonio other than LaMarcus Aldridge. The All-Star forward is averaging 22 points in the series, and has been the team’s only consistent scorer. San Antonio needs someone else to step up.

INJURY UPDATE: Golden State is without Stephen Curry and Kawhi Leonard remains out for San Antonio. Both have knee issues. Leonard missed all but nine regular-season games.



RAPTORS AT WIZARDS

Toronto leads 2-1. Game 4 Kurt Coleman Jersey , 6 p.m. EDT, TNT

NEED TO KNOW: As long as all the chippiness and on-court chatter that showed up in Game 3 doesn’t lead to any real fights moving forward, this series could be mainly about the two terrific All-Star backcourts, DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry of No. 1 seed Toronto vs. John Wall and Bradley Beal of No. 8 Washington. And each duo has performed much better at home than on the road. Wall and Beal each scored 28 points in a Game 3 win , while the Wizards shot 55.3 percent on field-goal attempts, the third-best playoff showing in franchise history.

KEEP AN EYE ON: Turnovers and bench scoring. Those were two of the Raptors’ strengths in the regular season, but both were huge issues in Game 3, when Toronto’s 19 turnovers led to 28 points for Washington, and the Wizards’ sometimes-unreliable reserve unit outscored their counterparts 35-32. ”We had some turnovers that are just our fault, that we really shouldn’t have – we can’t have,” Toronto reserve Jakob Poeltl said.

PRESSURE IS ON: Otto Porter Jr. As much as the Wizards dominated in a 122-103 victory Friday, they still train in the series and can’t afford to head to Toronto trailing 3-1. So now that Beal has awoken and joined Chicago Bears Customized Jerseys


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