Heat maul Pacers, Kings punch ticket, MLB recaps + Free Plays for Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Heat bully Pacers in Game Five Beat Down

When the Indiana Pacers look back at this season, they’ll regret not finishing off the Heat in Game Four on their home floor. Tuesday, Miami sent a message loud a clear that this series is over after a 115-83 spanking of the Pacers in South Beach. The Heat shot a franchise playoff record 61% from the field while holding Indiana to just 30-89 (33%) shooting. Lebron and DWade combined for 58 points for Miami, Paul George led the Pacers with 11. The game was chippy throughout and included three flagrant fouls that will be reviewed by the league. Miami leads the series 3-2 and can advance to the Eastern Conference finals with a Game Six win Thursday at Canseco Field House.

Hansbrough Flagrant I on DWayde

Udonis Haslem returns the favor minutes later

Dexter Pittman with the exclamation point

The Boston Celtics can move in their second round series with the 76ers with a win tonight at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly. The 76ers are two point favorites and the total has been up from an opening 174 to 175 1/2. The Celtics are +62 with Kevin Garnett on the floor, -29 without KG. Boston avggs 100 ppg in their three series wins, 82 ppg in their two series losses.

Kings Best in the West after OT win

The Los Angeles Kings are back in the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since 1993 after beating the Phoenix Coyotes 4-3 in overtime to win the Western Conference Championship four games to one. Dustin Penner got the game winner at 17:42 of of the first overtime. The Kings won in five games despite going just 2-27 on the power play on the series. Los Angeles is now 12-2 in the playoffs and a perfect 8-0 on the playoff road.

The Kings become the seventh team to advance to the Stanley in just 14 games since the NHL went to it’s current best-of-seven format. The Kings knocked off No. 1 Vancouver, the Presidents’ Trophy winner, No. 2 St. Louis and rounded it out with a five-game victory against the No. 3 Coyotes in the conference finals to become the second No. 8 seed to reach the Stanley Cup Final.

In the Eastern Conference final, the Rangers and the Devils drop the puck at 8:05 PM EST for their Game Five at Madison Square Garden with series tied at two a piece. The Rangers are -130 home ice favorites with the total 4 1/2 and the over costing 20 cents. Four of the Rangers nine series goals have come on the power-play, seven of the goals have come in the third period. The Devils were shut out in both losses and are just 2-18 with the man-advantage.

MLB Diamond Dust

The Nationals continued their recent domination (13-3) of the Phillies with a 5-2 win Roy Halladay. Jordan Zimmerson pitched six strong to get his first career win over Philadelphia in five starts. Halladay had dominated the Nats with an 11-1 record and 2.28 ERA in 16 career starts. His last loss to the Washington franchise came on June 28, 2002 as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays against the then-Montreal Expos. Ian Desmond and Rick Ankiel homered for the Nats. The Phillies played to their 227th straight regular season sellout.

Buster Posey continued his hot play at Milwaukee and the San Francisco Giants won for the eighth time in 11 games handing the Brewers a 6-4 at Miller Park. Posey hit a two-run bomb in the first and and added an RBI single. Posey is batting .500 (12-24) with six home runs and 15 RBI in his last six games at Miller Park. Matt Cain went seven innings for the win to improve his record to 4-2. Batters are hitting just .125 (7-56) with runners in scoring position when facing Cain.

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The Cincinnati vs Xavier rivalry will continue but will be played on a neutral court. For years the two swapped home floors but after this year’s brawl at Xavier, the game will be played at U.S. Bank Arena in downtown Cincinnati. The teams haven’t met in this particular arena in 25, and what will essentially be 26 years by the time the game is played. The iconic city-of-Cincinnati rivalry has been played every year since 1946. Cincinnati leads the series 48-31.

On Tuesday at the NFL’s spring meetings, NFL Commissioner Roger Goddell announced that the NFL will release Bountygate evidence and proof of wrong doing against those already punished. He also indicated that the league won’t release any more information publicly until the appeals and grievance processes are finished.

Jockey change on Union Rags for the Belmont

The connections for top three-year-old colt Union Rags have made a jockey change from Julien Leparoux to John Velazquez. Leparoux was heavily criticized for his rides on Union Rags in the Florida and Kentucky Derbies so the change was not surprise. Union Rags had poor trips in both races finishing third in Florida and seventh in the Derby.

Free Plays

(NBA) Boston +2 over Philadelphia

(NHL) New Jersey +130 over New York

(MLB) NY Mets (Niese)/Pittsburg (Morton) over 7 1/2

(MLB) Detroit (Fister) -125 over Cleveland (McAllister)