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Basketball and hockey finals start later in the week

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(AP) — When the Los Angeles Kings finished off the Blackhawks in Chicago last night they finalized the final pairings for the NBA and NHL championship rounds.

In the NHL, the Kings will open up the Stanley Cup final this Wednesday night at home with Game 1 against the New York Rangers.

New York advanced with it eliminated Montreal in the Eastern Conference final in six games, while the Kings won the Western title with their Game 7 win last night 5-4 in overtime.

For the NBA, the Finals will feature a rematch of last year when the Heat beat the Spurs.

Miami advanced to the final round of play with a seven game elimination of the Pacers while the Spurs finished off the Thunder in six games Saturday night.

The opening game of the NBA Finals, which will start in San Antonio, will take place Thursday night.


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