Top Things to Know for Friday

Stats & Info insights into this morning's top sports stories

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1. WATSON LEADS BULLS: The Chicago Bulls defeated the Miami Heat, 96-86 in overtime. FROM ELIAS: Derrick Rose played 25 minutes and 28 seconds, during which the Bulls were outscored, 59 to 32. But in the 27 minutes and 17 seconds with C.J. Watson on the court, the Bulls outscored Miami, 64-26.

2. OVERTIME HOCKEY: FROM ELIAS: The Boston Bruins, San Jose Sharks and Phoenix Coyotes all won in overtime. It marked the first time since April 18, 2001 that three NHL playoff games went into overtime on the same day.

3. BRUINS DO IT AGAIN: FROM ELIAS: The Bruins' victory against the Washington Capitals marked only the eighth time in NHL playoff history that a team posted a 1-0 overtime win in the first game of a playoff series. It was the second such win by the Bruins, who posted a 1-0 double-overtime victory in Game 1 of a best-of-five series against the Maple Leafs in 1935.

4. WHAT A RELIEF: FROM ELIAS: The Detroit Tigers improved their record to 5-1 with a victory against the Tampa Bay Rays. Reliever Collin Balester was the winning pitcher. The Tigers are the first team in major-league history to win at least five of their first six games in a season without a single victory by a starting pitcher.

5. PUJOLS BACK IN BRONX: The New York Yankees host the Los Angels of Anaheim in their home opener on Friday. Angels 1B Albert Pujols is expected to play his first game in the Bronx since June 2003. In that three-game series, Pujols went 3-10 with a home run as a member of the Cardinals. The Yankees won all three games.