Lakers beat Thunder in OT, Metta suspension likely after flagrant elbow on James Harden
The Lakers beat the Thunder 114-106 in double-overtime but the game was overshadowed by a vicious elbow to the head of James Harden by Metta World Peace/Ron Artest. Harden left the game with a concussion but despite coming out for the second half, did not play the rest of the game. The NBA’s likely “Sixth Man of the Year” had 14 points before the incident which came with 1:37 before the half. Metta had 12 points and 5 rebounds before being ejected for the Flagrant II.
On the court, the stars delivered. Kevin Durant had 35/8/3, Serge Ibaka 18 points and 14 rebounds, Russell Westbrook had 14 points and 10 assists for the Okahoma City. Kobe Bryant shook off the ring rust for 26/6/8 in his second game back. Pao Gasol had 20/14/9 and newly acquired Jordan Hill came of the bench to score 14 points and 15 rebounds.
The Miami Heat eliminated the Houston Rockets from the playoffs with a 97-88 win at South Beach. Houston misses the playoffs for the third straight year despite not having a losing record in any of them. Carmelo Anthony had 39/10 and Amara Stoudamire 22/12 in the Knicks 113-112 win at Atlanta. Marvin Williams’ 29 led three Hawks with 20+ points. The worst in the East hosted the worst in the West and the Sacramento Kings blew out Charlotte 114-88 sending the Bobcats to their 20th straight loss. Detroit, Golden State, San Antonio, and the Clippers also won on Sunday.
The Flyers and Kings eliminate the Pens and Vancouver
The Flyers nipped any thought of a Penguin comeback in the bud with three early goals, cruising to 5-1 win over Pittsburg. Philadelphia won the series 4-2 and moves on. Tyler Seguin scored at 3:17 of the first overtime as the Boston Bruins avoided elimination with a 4-3 win at Washington. The Caps and Bruins meet in their decisive Game VII on Wednesday, Boston is a -190 favorite. Jarrett Stoll’s goal at 4:27 of OT gave the Kings a 2-1 win over the Canucks eliminating Vancouver four game to one. The eighth-seeded Kings outscored the President’s Trophy winning Canucks 12-8 in the upset.
The Rangers and Blackhawks try and avoid elimination in Game Sixes of their respective series. The Rangers are -120 favorites at Ottawa with the total five flat, the under -115. Ranger coach Tortella won the Stanley Cup with the Lightning back in 2004 but has not won a playoff series since going 0-4. Chicago is a 50 cent bully at home with a total of five flat with the over -130. All five Coyote/Blackhawk games have gone to overtime.
Texas is 13-3 after 11-inning win at Detroit
The Rangers continued their torrid start beating Detroit 3-2 in 11-innings. Josh Hamilton went 3-for-3 including his seventh home run. He’s hitting .418 for the season. The Dodgers have cooled off over their last five games (2-3) including a 12-0 beat down at Houston Sunday. Matt Kemp went 0-for-3 but is still hitting .450 with nine homers and 22 RBIs in 16 games. Kemp has more dingers than the entire rosters of four MLB teams. The A’s are 6-0 when they score first, 2-9 when they don’t. The Pirates have scored a total of three runs in Erik Bedard’s four starts.
Hamlin gets 19th career win at Kansas
Martin Truex Jr led for 173 laps but could not hold off Denny Hamlin with 32 laps to go as the #11 car went on to win the STP 400 at Kansas Motor Speedway. It was Hamlin’s second career win at Kansas and the 19th of his career. Truex held on to finish second ahead of Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, and Greg Biffle.
In golf, Ben Curtis shot a 9-under 279 to win the Valero Texas Open by two shots over Matt Every and John Huh. It was Curtis’s first win on the tour in six years. Most of the big names took the week off. The Tour resumes Thursday at TPC Louisiana for the Zurich Open.
Rafael Nadal snapped his own personal seven match losing streak to Novak Djokovic to win the Monte Carlo Masters for the eighth consecutive year.
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