Bulls, Hawks, and Nuggets all extend
There were four elimination games in the NBA playoffs on Tuesday but the Indiana Pacers were the only team to seal the deal. Down two points going into the fourth quarter, the Pacers blew out the Magic with a 36-16 final stanza to finish the series 4-1. Danny Granger had 25 points for Indiana who shot 52% from the field including 9-17 from downtown. Jameer Nelson had 27 points for Orlando. Indiana waits the the Heat/Knick winner if the Bulls win their series with the 76ers. The Pacers would get the Boston/Atlanta winner if Philadelphia wins.
The Hawks stayed alive in their series with the Celtics with an 87-86 home win over Boston. Al Horford returned to the Atlanta lineup for the first time since January and led the Hawks with 19 points. he also kicked in 10 rebounds and played great defense, especially on the games final play when he forced a Rondo turnover. The series returns to TD Arena in Boston on Thursday.
Despite having just two players in double-digits , the Chicago Bulls extended their series with the 76ers with a 77-69 win at the United Center. The Bulls defense held Philadelphia to just 25-78 (32%) from the field. Chicago led 35-26 at the intermission in a first half that set the NBA back 50 years. Luel Deng had 24 points and eight boards while Carlor Boozer chipped in 19 and 13 for the winners.
The Denver Nuggets snapped a nine-game road playoff losing streak with a 102-99 win over the Lakers despite 43 points from Kobe Bryant. Andre Miller and JaVale McGee came of the bench to lead the Nuggets with 24 and 21 point respectively. Denver led 76-65 at the end of three quarters and then put down a late Laker rally. Game Six is Thursday at the Pepsi Center.
Tonight, the Miami Heat can finish off the New York Knicks with a win at American Airlines Arena. Miami is -11 and the total 183. The front end of the TNT double-header starts at 7:05 PM EST. The Clippers take a 3-1 lead into the Pyramid In Memphis looking to eliminate the homestanding Grizzlies. Memphis is a six point favorite and the total 182 1/2. The Clippers can advance to the Western Conference semis for the first time since 2006.
Devils eliminate Flyers
The Devils are on the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2003 after a 3-1 win over Philadelphia slamming the door on the Flyers four games to one. Philadelphia drew first blood with a Maxim Talbot goal at 9:27 of the first period. The Devils got even and took the lead within five minutes cashing two soft goals on Flyer goalie Ilya Bryzgalov. A Kovalchuk power-play goal at 5:00 of the third period iced things for the Devils who will play the winner of the Caps/Rangers series.
New York and Washington meet tonight in a Game VI with the Rangers leading the series 3-2. The Rangers won game five after forcing overtime with just 6:6 seconds remaining in regulation and getting the winner at the beginning of OT. The Caps have proven resilient and won Game IV after losing Game III in triple overtime. The Broadway Blues are ten ecnt faves and the total five flat with the under -150. Fifteen of the L20 playoff games between these two have gone to overtime, the last foverall Rangers wins have all come by one goal.
Hamilton has the greatest night in American League history
Ruth, Gehrig, Williams, Di Maggio, Mantle … nobody had a better offensive game in American League history than Josh Hamilton had in the Rangers 10-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards. Hamilton was five-for-five with a double, four home runs, and eight RBIs. To put the four HR game in perspective, there have been 21 perfect games in MLB history and just 16 four homer games. Hamilton’s 18 total bases was just one less than Shawn Green’s MLB record of 19. Pujols has 18 total bases in his last 19 games.
Josh Hamilton’s four Homer night
Greenie the Dance
For those of you that watch or listen to Mike and Mike in the morning, it was time for Mike “Geenie” Greenberg to pay up for losing his March Madness Bracket Contest to co-host Mike Golic. In past year’s the loser has had to milk a cow and one year Golic had to wear a USC jersey around the Notre Dame campus, his alma mata. This year, the loser would do a Dancing With the Stars routine at the ESPN office with one of the DWTS dancers. Here was the result.
2012 Preakness probable starters
With the Kentucky Derby now in the rear view mirror, it’s on to second jewel in Thorough Bred Racing’s Triple Crown, the Preakness. Trainers have had 72 hours to see how their horses have come out of the Derby and in a better position to see who will continue on to Pimlico in Baltimore for the 1 3/16 mile Preakness Stakes. Here are the probable starters according to the Daily Racing Form.
Horse Trainer Jockey Last Race
Bodemeister B. Baffert M. Smith Kentucky Derby, 2nd
Brimstone Island W. Campbell X. Perez Canonero II, 2nd
Cozzetti D. Romans J. Lezcano Arkansas Derby, 4th
Creative Cause M. Harrington J. Rosario Kentucky Derby, 5th
Dullahan D. Romans K. Desormeaux Kentucky Derby, 3rd
Hansen M. Maker R. Dominguez Kentucky Derby, 9th
Hierro S. Asmussen J. Leparoux Derby Trial, 1st
I’ll Have Another D. O’Neill M. Gutierrez Kentucky Derby, 1st
Liaison B. Baffert M. Garcia Kentucky Derby, 6th
Optimizer D. Lukas J. Court Kentucky Derby, 11th
Paynter B. Baffert undecided Derby Trial, 2nd
Pretension C. Grove J. Santiago Canonero II, 1st
Teeth of the Dog M. Matz J. Bravo Wood Memorial, 3rd
Tiger Walk I. Correas, IV undecided Wood Memorial, 4th
Went The Day Well G. Motion J. Velazquez Kentucky Derby, 4th
Zetterholm R. Dutrow, Jr. J. Alvarado Patsyprospect, 1st
(NBA) LA Clippers/Memphis Over 183.5
(MLB) Washington (Detwiler)/Pittsburg (Bedard) Under 7 -115
(MLB) ChiSox (Peavy)/Cleveland (Gomez) Under 7 +120
(MLB) Minnesota (Pavano) +130 over Anaheim (Santana)