Bulls down Sixers, Miami spanks Knicks, Orlando shocks Pacers, Durant jumper sinks Mavs
Chicago beat the Philadelphia 103-91 to take the first game of their first round playoff series but it came at a tremendous loss. Last year’s MVP tore his ACL and will be lost for the rest of the season. Rose had game highs 23/9/9 before hurting his knee with just 70 seconds left in the game. The Bulls are well prepared to go without Rose who missed 27 games during the year with a multitude of minor injuries.
A 32-2 run between the second and third periods was all the Miami Heat needed to roll the Knicks 100-67. Lebron James led the way with 32 points. DWade chipped in with 18 points in the rout. New York got in foul trouble early and often as the Heat went to the foul line 25 times in the first half to just six for the Knicks. Carmelo Anthony missed his first seven shots in his first playoff matchup with Lebron James and finished with 11 points and 10 rounds. Ne York will be without their rookie starter Iman Shumpert who also tore an ACL
The Orlando Magic held the Pacers scoreless the final 4:05 of the game and closed the shown on a 9-0 run to beat Indiana 81-77. Jameer Nelson and Jason Richardson scored 17 a piece for Orlando, Glen Davis added 16. David West had 19 points, Danny Granger 17 for the Pacers who lost for the ninth time in ten tries to the Magic. The series resumes Tuesday.
Kevin Durant’s foul line jumper with 1.5 seconds left to play was the dagger as Oklahoma City beat Dallas 99-98 in Game One of their first-round matchup with the Mavs. The Thunder trailed by ten with 4:00 minutes to played and by seven with 2:30 left. Dirk had 25 points for Dallas, 11 in the final five minutes. Russell Westbrook led OKC with 28 points, just five players scored for the Thunder.
The other four opening round series open today with San Antonio (-11, 207) hosting Utah. The Lakers (-4.5, 201.5) entertains the Denver Nuggets, Atlanta (-1.5, 179.5) and Boston meet in the 4-5 matchup, and the Clippers travel to Memphis (-5.5, 184) to meet the Grizz.
Rangers dump Caps, Kings perfect on the road
The NY Rangers scored the last three goals of the game including third period markers from Chris Kreider and Brad Richards to beat Washington 3-1 and take a 1-0 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal matchup with the Caps. The teams combined for just 32 total shots on goal. The LA Kings improved to 4-0 on the road with a 3-1 win at St Louis in that series’ opener. Matt Green got the winner at 18:57 of the second period on a short-handed goal. Dustin penner sealed the deal with an empty netter.
The Devils and Flyers open their series today with a 3:05 PM EST matinee in Philadelphia. The Flyers are -170 home ice favorites, the total is 5.5 with the under -135. The teams split six game this year with the road team winning four times. Nashville and Phoenix hook up for Game II of their series at 8:05 PM EST. The road team is 4-1 in the series this year and Nashville is a -130 tonight. The total is five flat and the under -130. Phoenix won Game I 4-3 in overtime and was outshot 16-1 in the final period, 42-24 overall. Seven of the eight Coyote playoff games have gone to OT.
19YO phenom Bryce Harper goes 1-3 with a double and an RBI in debut, Nats pen folds late
Matt Kemp homered to lead off the 10th inning spoiling the much anticipated debut of 19YO Nat phenom Bryce Harper. The Vegas product started in left field and went 1-3 with a double and RBI as the Nats were once again victimized by their bullpen. The Angels snapped a five-game losing streak beating Cleveland 2-1 behind Dan Haren. Albert Pujols went 1-4 and is now 19-84 .226 with no homers and just four RBIs.
In Nascar, Kyle Busch registered his 24th career win at Saturday night’s Capital City 400. It was his fourth straight win at the Richmond spring race and snapped a personal 20 race winless streak. Busch beat Tony Stewart off the line at a restart with just nine laps left and was never headed.
At TPC Louisiana outside New Orleans, Jason Dufner birdied three of the final fives holes to take a two-shot lead in the Zurich Open. Winless in 163 PGA events, Dufner is at 17-under after three rounds. Graham DeLeat will join Dufner in the final pairing, John Rollins and Ernie Els are three stots back.
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