BUFFALO, N.Y. ? To the consternation of some fans of the last-place Sabres, Buffalo is refusing to go in the tank in the final weeks of the NHL season.
Matt Ellis and Matt Moulson scored 1:41 apart in the third period to rally the Sabres to a 4-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night in a matchup between the Eastern Conference's two worst teams.
Don't tell the Sabres they have nothing to play for after winning their second straight and moving to within two points of the 29th-place Arizona Coyotes.
WASHINGTON ? Washington Wizards coach Randy Wittman praised Marcin Gortat's work on the pick-and-roll Wednesday night.
Gortat said he simply did what he always does.
The Wizards center scored 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, Bradley Beal added 20 points, and Washington defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 106-93.
NEW YORK ? Their big lead was gone and their hold on a playoff spot was in danger of following.
Instead, the Brooklyn Nets were saved by Brook Lopez's effort ? his second one, actually.
Lopez's follow shot with 2 seconds left gave the Nets their fifth straight victory and a share of seventh place in the Eastern Conference, as they beat the New York Knicks 100-98 on Wednesday night.
The Nets blew a 16-point, second-half lead but escaped what could have been a crushing loss thanks to Lopez's work on the boards on their last possession.
MEXICO CITY ? A huge ball of flames engulfed an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, killing four people and sending terrified workers leaping into the sea.
State-run oil company Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, said it had averted any significant oil spill following the blast, which also injured 16 workers, two seriously, and forced the evacuation of 300.
Pemex later said a total of 45 workers had received some form of treatment or health evaluation.
MILWAUKEE ? Michael Carter-Williams had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a rare 95-91 victory at home over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.
The Bucks (37-38), who lost their previous nine home games against the Bulls, also got 16 points from Ersan Ilyasova.
Milwaukee won for just the third time in its last 11 games and maintains a 2 1/2-game lead over Miami and Brooklyn for sixth place in the Eastern Conference.
Chicago's seven-game winning streak against Milwaukee ended despite 25 points and seven rebounds from Jimmy Butler.