Heat go wire-to-wire to get split
It was over in a heartbeat in Game Two of the NBA Finals. The Miami Heat jumped out to an 18-2 lead after the first seven minutes and cruised to 100-96 victory at Oklahoma City. The Heat led by 12 after one quarter, 12 at the half, and 11 after three quarters. The Thunder cut the lead to two points late but a Kevin Durant fall-away fell short and two Lebron James sealed the deal. Miami played an almost perfect game shooting 47% from the field and getting contribution from everyone. Lebron had his usual 32/8/5, Dwayne Wade 25/6/5, and Chris Bosh 16/15 as a starter but … it was Shane Battier with 17 points and lockdown defense who was the difference maker. The Thunder Big Three got theirs (Durant 32, Westbrook 27, Harden 21) but OKC was never really in the game after getting behind the eight-ball early.
Game Three is Sunday in South Beach. The Heat opened as four point favorites with the total 194. The next three games will played at the American Airlines Arena with leagues 2-3-2 finals format.
Thompson leads Open with 66, Tiger three back
It was the PGA’s best vs the Olympic Club at the US Open Thursday and the Olympic Club won. Just six of 156 players were able to shoot below par, 13 players shot in the 80’s, and the average score was 74.8 on a 7170 yard, par 70 course. Olympic Club member Michael Thompson was much the best shooting 66 for a three shot lead but there is an impressive group of five at one-under including Tiger Woods, Justin Rose, David Toms, Nick Watney, and Graeme McDowell. Watney had the shot of the day nailing just the third double-eagle in US Open history. The battle of the “dream threesome” never materialized as Phil Mickelson and Master’s champion Bubba Watson never got going shooting 76 and 78 respectively. They’ll be at today all day on ESPN is the mad scramble to make the cut. Don’d for get to check out SP3’s industry leading sponsors for great props and today’s H2H matchups.
US Open first round recap
Spain rolls in Euro 2012, Italy/Croatia 1-1
Fernando Torres tickled the onion bag twice for Spain as the 2010 World Cup champs crushed Ireland 4-0 in Thursday’s Group C play. Italy and Croatia drew 1-1, the Italians getting the goal of the tournament this far on a long set piece free kick from Pirlo. Round two of the Group stage finishes today with France a prohibitive -275 favorite over co-hosting Ukraine. The total is 2.5 with Under -140. Catch the action live on ESPN II at 12:00 Noon EST. In the late game, England is -210 over Sweden, the total 2.5 with the Under also -140. SP3 puts the Brits on upset alert and will call for a 2-0 victory by the Swedes. The whistle blows at 2:45 PM EST.
MLB Diamond Dust
The Oriole offense continues to batter opposing pitching an Baltimore just keeps on winning. The O’s pounded out out 16 hits good for 12 runs in a 12-6 win completing a three-game sweep of the Pittsburg Pirates. The Bird Bombers jumped out to 10-0 lead and never looked back. Mike Wieters and Steve Pearce each had five RBIs and Mark Reynolds added four hits including his fifth home run.
Brandon Phillips had a homer and four RBIs as the Cincinnati Reds swept their cross-state rival Cleveland Indians for the first time since 2008. The series is now tied 39-39. It was batting practice for the Reds who tatooed four Tribe pitchers for 17 hits in the 12-5 win. Sin-Soo Choo belted out two solo homers in a losing cause for the Indians. There has now been a homer in 59 straight games at The Great American Ball Park, the longest streak in the majors.
The Bobcats are looking to deal the second overall pick in the June 28th NBA draft for a package of veteran players that can come in and help right away. With no true impact players after Anthony Davis, the Bobcats will look improve on last year’s 7-59 league worst record with vets and free agents.
Not knowing if they would survive 2010’s disappointing 2010 season, Texans HC Gary Kubiak and GM Rick Smith were both rewarded with contract extensions after taking Houston to the playoffs for the first time in franchise history in 2011. Kubiak opted to take a three-year extension, rather than a four-year deal, apparently because that’s how long his coaching staff is under contract. Kubiak’s record is 48-50 in Houston including the playoffs.
(Euro 2012) Sweden +165 over England
(MLB) NY Mets (Gee) -125 over Cincinnati (Arroyo)
(MLB) Miami (Zambrano) +129 over Tampa Bay (Moore)
(MLB) San Francisco (Vogelsong) -115 over Seattle (Vargas)