Lakers 14-0 run drops Nuggets, Pierce’s 36 leads Celtics, Amare has hand surgery
Life without Derrick Rose might not be that easy for the Chicago Bulls. After going 19-8 during the regular season without last year’s league MVP, the Bullies fell victim to a Philadelphia 36-14 third quarter in a 109-92 blowout home loss. With Rose officially done for the playoffs with a torn ACL, Chicago was torched by 46-78 shooting (58%) from white-hot Philadelphia who now own home court advantage heading into Game III. Jrue Holliday led six 76ers in double-figures with 26 points, Joakim Noah had 21 for the losers.
The Boston Celtics are not done yet. Despite playing without Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo who was serving his one-game suspension for bumping a ref in Game I, Boston dropped a 26-14 fourth quarter on the Hawks to beat Atlanta 87-80 and level the series at 1-1. Paul Pierce had 36 points and 14 rebounds for the Shamrocks. Avery Bradley, Rondo’s replacement, had 14 points, 2 rebounds, and 3 assists for the winners but more importantly turned the ball over just once.
The Lakers used 38 points from Kobe Bryant and a 14-0 run in the third quarter to dispatch Denver 104-100. The Lakers lead the series 2-0 heading back to the Pepsi Center for Game III. Andrew Bynum followed up his Game I triple-double with 27 point and nine boards, Pao Gasol chipped in with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Ty Lawson had 25 for the Nuggets in defeat.
There are three games on tonight’s playoff card. The action starts at 7:05 PM EST in San Antonio as the Jazz meet the Spurs in Game II. San Antonio is an 11.5 point favorite and the total is 204 1/2. The Spurs lead the series 1-0. Indiana and Orlando tip off at 7:35 PM EST in Game III of their series tied at one game a piece. The Pacers are 3-point road favorites and the total 184. The Magic are 9-2 SU in the L11 games of the series. The Memphis Grizzlies are 6.5 point home favorites in their Game II matchup with the Clippers. The high/low has been bet down from 186.5 to 185. The Clippers came from 24 points down in the final eight minutes to beat Memphis in Game I.
Devils get four in the fourth to level series
Despite trailing 1-0 heading into the third period, New Jersey had pretty much dominated play. In fact, the Flyers went the first 19 minutes of the second period without a shot on goal while New Jersey peppered Philly goalie Ilya Bryzgalov. New Jersey finally broke through at 3:08 of the third and David Clarkson notched the winner at 11:17, his first goal of the playoffs. The Flyers scored on their first shot on goal but Martin Brodeur had a quiet night the rest of the way making just 18 saves.
Tonight on frozen pond, the Rangers are -110 at Washington in Game III of that series. The total is five flat with the under -125. Thirteen of the L16 playoff games played between the Rangers and Caps have been decided by one goal. Washington got a split in New York thanks to a late 3rd-period power play goal by Alexander Ovechkin. Nashville is a -160 home favorite over Phoenix trailing the Coyote 2-0. The total is five flat with the under -125. The Preds will need to find a way to stop a Phoenix offense that is currently hitting on all cylinders.
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The Tampa Bay Rays beat Seattle 3-1 on Monday to improve to an MLB second best 16-8 on an otherwise overall bad day. Evan Longoria will be out 6-8 weeks with a partially torn hamstring suffered in Monday’s extra inning win over the Mariners. Longoria was off to a fast start hitting .329 with four homers and 19 RBIs. Rays shortstop prospect and former No.1 overall pick Tim Beckham has been suspended 50 games for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program for a second time. Beckham allegedy tested positive for a “recreational” drug. Lastly, the Rays drew less than 10,000 fans for their first two games against Seattle, even with King Felix pitching for the lowly Mariners on Monday. How long can Rays ownership keep the team in Tampa Bay ???
On Saturday, Miguel “Junito” Cotto (37-2) takes on Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr (42-0) for the Light Middleweight title at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas. Mayweather is -700 at Bovada , Cotto is +450 on the takeback.
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An Indiana high school basketball standout who survived two fatal plane crashes will play for the Michigan Wolverines in 2013. Austin Hatch, who survived a 2003 plane crash that killed his biological mother and siblings, is recovering from a June 2011 crash that killed his pilot father and stepmother. God must have plans down the road for this kid.
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