Bynum grabs 30 boards, Flyers come back from down 3-0, Verlander beaten by big Ray ninth
With Kobe Bryant sitting out his third straight game, the Lakers used 16 points and 30 rebounds from Andrew Bynum and 26 points from Metta World Peace to crush the San Antonio 98-84. The Spurs trailed by as many as 26 and were outrebounded 60-33. San Antonio lost back-to-back games for the first time since January and go no help from their big three who were held out of Monday’s 81-84 loss at Utah. Tony Parker (4 points), Tim Duncan (14 points), and Manu Ginobli (9 points) may as well have taken Wednesday off as well.
Carmelo Anthony scored 32 points as the Knick beat the Bucks 111-107 to stay two games clear of Milwaukee for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East. Indiana beat the Cavs 104-98 in overtime. The Celtic beat the Hawks 88-86 behind Rejean Rondo’s (10/10/20) 19th career triple-double. The Jazz shot 51% from the field while holding the Rockets to just 35% from the floor in Utah’s key 103-91 win at Houston. The T-Wolves lost their seventh straight and also lost Kevin Love in the first quarter of their 113-107 loss at Denver. Chris Paul had 32 points including the game winner with 8.2 seconds left as the Clippers beat the Thunder 100-98 at Oklahoma City. Philadelphia, New Orleans, Memphis, and Portland also won on the busy 11-game Wednesday night card.
The Flyers storm back from three goals down to beat the Pens, Preds and Kings also win
With Philadelphia down 3-0 at the end of the 1st period at Pittsburg, things didn’t look for the Flyers but … two goals by captain Danny Briere and a power-play goal Brayden Schenn got Philly to overtime where Jakub Voracek netted the game winner. Nashville never trailed in a 3-2 win over Detroit. Both Wing goals came on the power play while all three Predator goals came at even strength. The Kings got a tip-in goal with 3:14 left in the game then added an empty netter as eighth-seeded Los Angeles surprised top-seed Vancouver.
The playoffs resume tonight with four more series openers. Ottawa travels to Madison Square Garden to meet the Rangers. The Broadway Blues are -175 favorites and with total five flat with the over -125. The defending champion Boston Bruins host the Washington Capitals, the Bruins are -185 and the total five flat, the over -130. San Jose and St Louis square off in arch city, the Blues -155, the total five flat, the over -130. Chicago visits Phoenix, the Coyotes -135, the total five with the over -130.
Shea Weber slams Henrik Zetterberg’s head into the glass at the end of Wings/Preds
Tigers and Diamondbacks are knocked from the ranks of the unbeaten
After six games, the are no unbeatens left in the MLB. Justin Verlander was near perfect for eight innings but last year’s Cy Young winner and the bullpen couldn’t seal the deal as Tampa Bay rallied for four in the ninth of a 4-2 win at Detroit. San Diego’s Chris Denorfia hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to spoil seven shut-out innings of four-hit ball by Arizona’s Joe Saunders sending the Snakes to their first loss. Steven Stasburg and three relievers combined on a four-hit 4-0 Nats shut out of the Mets. Roy Halladay dominated the Marlins for seven innings in a 7-1 Philly win at Miami. The Twins broke out for six runs and nine hits against California to be the last team to get into the win column. Tim Lincecum was hammered for a second straight start in the Giants 17-8 loss at Colorado. The Freak was only able to get seven outs allowing six earned and eight hits but getting a no decision.
The top two college basketball prospects committed to colleges on Wednesday with big man Nerlens Noel going to Kentucky and Shabazz Muhammad taking his talents to UCLA. Muhammad got more of the press playing at high profile Findlay Prep in Las Vegas. Noel is a multi-talented big man and figures to be the Cats next Anthony Davis. Take a look at the guy they call “The Eraser”.
The PGA Tour tries to shake it’s post Masters hangover by teeing it up at the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head. Jim Furyk, Ernie Els, Brandt Snedecker, Padraig Harrington, and Matt Kuchar are in the field along with Jose Maria Olazabal. The wild and crazy Spaniard was ticketed for driving 97 MPH leaving the Masters. He was fined $621 bucks.
Nascar is at Texas Motor Speedway this week for the Samsung Mobile 500. Matt Kenseth is the defending champ. Greg Biffle leads the Chase with 226 points, six more than Dale Earnhardt Jr. Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr, and Kenseth are in a four-way tie for third at 214.
Keeping in theme with the Shea Weber “hit on Henrik Zetterberg, take a look at what might very well be the worst cheap shot in the history of organized baseball.
(NBA) LA Clippers -5.5 over Minnesota
(NHL) San Jose/St Louis under 5 +120
(MLB) Milwaukee (Greinke) -125 over Cubs (Garza) Note that this is 2:20 PM EST first pitch
(MLB) Arizona (Kennedy) -135 over San Diego (Bass)