Spurs down 33-11 after 1Q roll
After 12 minutes, it looked like the San Antonio Spurs 16-game winning streak would come to an end as the desperate Clippers jumped out to a 22-point lead. The San Antonio Spurs are made of sterner stuff. San Antonio won the next three quarters 85-53 to post a 96-86 win over the Clippers and take an insurmountable 3-0 lead in the series. Tony Parker had 23 points and 10 assists and Tim Duncan added 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Spurs who can sweep tonight at the Staples Center in a quick turnaround game. Game Four opened at San Antonio -5 with the total 194 but it has already been bet to Spurs -7 1/2 and the total down to 190.
Oklahoma City and the Lakers were tied at 98-98 with 1:04 to play and this time the Thunder would not be denied. After each team committed a turnover, Kevin Durant hit a dagger three from directly in front of the basket with 14 seconds left. A Pao Gasol turnover and two James Harden foul shots sealed the deal for OKC who goes home for Game Five on Monday with a 3-1 series lead. Russel Westbrook had 37 points and the Durantula added 31. Kobe Bryant had 38/8/5 for LA.
The Miami Heat have their backs against the wall in their Game Four matchup this afternoon (3:30 PM EST) in Indiana. The Heat are two-point favorites over the homestanding Pacers and the total has been bet down from 179 to 177 1/2. Indiana leads the series 2-1 after their 94-75 blowout win on Thursday. Miami will once again be without Chris Bosh who is nursing a lower abdominal strain. Dwayne Wade reportedly has lower leg problems but is probable. FYI, the Heat are 14-1 in games without DWade this year, they’re 4-8 in games without Bosh.
Lundqvuist stonewalls Devils 3-0, Rangers up 2-1
In the battle between New York goaltenders, it’s Henrik Lundqvist of the Rangers on top through three games. Lundqvist turned away 36 shots and the Broadway Blues broke a 0-0 tie with three goals in the third period to take a 2-1 lead an regain home ice in their Eastern Conference final series with New Jersey. Dan Girardi got the winner at 3:19 on a power-play and Chris Kreider continued his scoring binge with a tip in two minutes later. Ryan Callahan added an empty netter to seal the deal. Game Four is Monday night at the Prudential Center.
The Los Angeles Kings can punch their ticket the Stanley Cup finals by sweeping Phoenix tonight at the Staples Center. The Kings are the story of the playoffs going 11-1 with eight straight wins, seven of the last eight by two or more goals. LA has outshot Phoenix 116-70 in the series and the Coyotes had put the biscuit in the basket just twice in their last three road games. LA is a prohibitive -230 favorite with the total 4 1/2 and the over -120.
I’ll Have Another makes it a double, wins Preakness
It was like watching an instant replay of the Kentucky Derby as I’ll Have Another stalked the front-running Bodemeister to the top of the stretch and then ran him down to win by a neck. In a smaller field and at a shorter distance, jockey Mike Smith was able to rate Bodemeister to much easier fraction that he was forced to run in the Derby but … Mario Gutierrez, as patient as ever, saves as much ground as his could and then confidently swung to the outside eating up ground with every stride. I’ll Have Another paid $8.40 as the second choice in the betting behind Bodemeister. The win keeps I’ll Have Another alive to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. He’ll have to win the toughest challenge of all in three weeks, the 1 1/2 mile Belmont.
Jimmie Johnson wins Nascar All-Star million
Jimmie Johnson had the perfect game plan to win his third All-Star million at Charlotte Motor Raceway and executed it to perfection. The five-time Sprint Cup champion won the first segment guaranteeing the best positioning for the final segment, then sandbagged the rest of the way staying out of trouble.
The new format this year set it up so that the winners of the first four segments would be the first four drivers down pit road for a mandatory stop before the 10-lap sprint to the finish. Johnson’s win in the first segment meant he was guaranteed to be the first driver down pit road, and he had the first stall – the reward for his No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team winning Thursday night’s Pit Crew Competition.
Johnson beat everyone out of pit row and then blew everyone away on the restart to cruise to an easy win in the 10-lap final segment. Johnson becomes just the third driver — joining Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon — to win three All-Star races. Johnson’s other wins were in 2003 and 2006.
Drogba leads Chelsea to the Champions League title
Chelsea won the Champions League final on German soil as they beat Bayern Munich 4-3 on penalties after the game finished 1-1 in normal time. Bayern Munich dominated play in the first half but was unable to break through. Bayern drew first blood in the 83rd minute on a Thomas Muller header. Didier Drogba got the equalizer six minutes later on a header off Chelsea’s first corner of the match. In the first extra period, Chelsea goalie Petr Cech stopped a penalty by Arjen Robben after Frank Ribery was taken down in the box. Drogba got the winning penalty after the usually reliable Bastian Schweinsteiger hit the post after double-clutching.
Not in English but has both goals and PK shootout in HD
(NBA) Indiana +2 over Miami
(NHL) Phoenix/Los Angeles Over 4.5 -120
(MLB) Cincinnati (Cueto)/ NY Yankees (Sabathia) Under 8 -115
(MLB) Tampa Bay (Price) -135 over Atlanta (Hudson)