Celtics survive OT, Devils/Kings Game III, Tiger Wins Memorial + Free Plays for Monday, June 4, 2012

Boston evens series with 93-91 OT win

They say that a series hasn’t begun until the road team wins. Well ….. in the NBA Conference Final’s the home teams have held serve to the tune of 8-0 SU and 7-1 ATS. For the Heat/Celtics and Spurs/Thunder it’s best two out of three for the right to play for the Larry O’Brien Trophy.

Sunday, the Celtics jumped out to an 18-4 lead and took that 14-point lead into the break at the half. The Heat clawed back to make it five after three quarters and took the lead at points in the final stanza. A Lebron James triple with 34 seconds left tied the game at 89-89. Two poor shots, one by each team sent the game to extra time. Paul Pierce fouled out for the second straight game for Boston and Lebron James soon followed. Miami had a chance to win with 14 seconds left but a DWade spot up three bounced around the rim and out as time expired. Lebron led the Heat with 27 points while Udonis Haslem chipped in with 12 points and 17 boards. Paul Pierce led six Celts in double-figures with 23 while Rondo distributed 15 helpers. Game Five is Tuesday in South Beach where the Heat opened up 7 1/2 point favorites with a total of 180.

Tonight, Game Five of the Western Conference Final tips at 9:00 PM EST at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. The Spurs are five point favorites, the total is holding steady at 202 1/2. The Thunder snapped the Spurs 20-game winning streak on Thursday and followed that up with a never-in-doubt win on Saturday night. San Antonio has not lost back-to-back-to-back all year.

New Jersey has back against the wall in Game Three

After losing both their home games 2-1 in overtime, the New Jersey Devils are in a veritable must win spot tonight at the Staples Center. The Kings rock a 2-0 series lead and are -160 on their home ice, the total is 4 1/2 flat. The Devils won the regular season meeting here 3-0 back on October 26th. The puck drops at 8:05 PM EST and will be carried on NBC.

Yanks hand Verlander his third straight loss

Derek Jeter started the game with his 27th career leadoff homer and A-Rod hit a long solo shot in the third as the Yankees cruised by Justin Verlander and Detroit 5-1. The Yankees won the rubber match of the series and finished their road trip 6-3 with two of the three losses coming by one run. Phil Hughes got the win to level his record to 5-5.

Tiger wins fifth Memorial

Down two shots with three holes to play, the prospects of Tiger Woods winning a fifth Memorial was pretty bleak but …. Woods birdied the final three holes including holing an amazing pitch and run shot at 16 to win by two strokes over Andres Romero and Rory Sabbatini. The win was doubly sweet for Woods who tied his hero Jack Nicklaus for second on the career win list with 73 wins. The Memorial is “Jack’s Tournament” and the host Golden Bear presented Woods with the trophy. Is Tiger all the way back ??? With the US Open in 11 days, we’ll see.

Tiger delivers the dagger at 16

Jimmie Johnson dominates at Dover

Jimmie Johnson loves the Monster Mile. Johnson led 289 of 400 laps including the final 76 to capture his seventh race at Dover and the 57th on his career. The seven wins ties Johnson with Richard Petty and Bobby Allison for most wins over the one-mile concrete oval. Johnson turned the trick in just 21 starts while it took Allison 37 starts and Petty 46. Kevin Harvick was second with defending champion Matt Kenseth third. Junior and Clint Bowyer rounded out the top five. Greg Biffle finished 11th and saw his lead in The Chase narrowed to just one point over Kenseth and ten points over Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Jags No.1 Justin Blackmon arrested for aggravated DUI

The fifth overall pick in the NFL draft and the Jacksonville Jaguars top pick, WR Justin Blackmon, was arrested on a complaint of aggravated DUI early Sunday morning in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He was booked at 10 a.m. local time. According to Oklahoma law, aggravated DUI applies to drivers with blood alcohol levels of at least .15. According to reports, Blackmon
was 3X over Oklahoma’s legal limit. Blackmon, 22, was released Sunday afternoon after posting $1,000 bond. He’s set to be arraigned Monday at 2:30 p.m., according to an ESPN.com report.

Blackmon was also arrested for DUI in October of 2010 and could fall under discipline from the NFL for violation of its substance abuse policy. Blackmon could be subject to a suspension of up to four games. The Jaguars traded up to take Blackmon, who immediately upgrades the receivers corps. In 38 games at Oklahoma State, the 6-1, 207-pound wideout caught 252 passes for 3,564 yards and 40 touchdowns. He declared for the draft following his junior season in which he hauled in 121 passes for 1,522 yards and 18 scores from eventual Browns’ first-rounder, quarterback Brandon Weeden.

Free Plays

(NHL) LA Kings -160 over New Jersey

(NBA) Oklahoma City/San Antonio Over 202 1/2

(MLB) Dodgers (Kershaw) -130 over Philadelphia (Worley)

(MLB) Texas (Feldman) -132 over Oakland (Parker)