Spurs sweep, Coyotes survive, Weekend Recap + Free Plays for Monday, May 21, 2012

Lebron’s monster game gets Heat even

Down 54-46 at halftime to the Pacers, things looked pretty bleak for the Miami Heat. Then Lebron James and Dwayne wade took control. James scored 40 points to go along with 18 rebounds, and 9 assists and Flash rebounded from an awful Game Three with 30 points (22 in the second half), 9 rebounds, and six assists as Miami beat Indiana 101-93 to level their Eastern Conference semi-final series at two games a piece. Game Five is on Tuesday in South Beach.

The Clippers left it all on the floor but in the end it was the San Antonio Spurs notching their 18th straight win and completing a 4-0 sweep of the Clippers with a 102-99 win at the Staples Center. The Spurs advance to the Western Conference finals against the Laker/OKC winner. Tim Duncan led six Spurs in double-figures with 21, Chris Paul had 23 and Blake Griffin 21 for LA. The only two playoff games that San Antonio won and didn’t cover or win by double-digits were the both Game Fours vs teams look to avoid being embarrassed.

Tonight the 76ers and Celtics tip off a TNT double-header at 7:00 PM EST. The Celtics are 5 1/2 point favorites and the total is 173. The series is knotted at 2-2. In the nightcap, Oklahoma City can polish of the Lakers with a home win tonight at OKC Arena. The Thunder are minus 7 1/2, the total rock steady at 191 1/2. The game tops at 9:35 PM EST.

Coyotes stay alive with 2-0 win over the Kings

Phoenix got two goals from captain Shane Doan and 36 saves from Mike Smith to stay alive in their Western Conference final series with the Los Angeles Kings. The loss snapped the Kings eight-game winning streak, seven of which were by double digits. Game Five is Tuesday night in the desert. Los Angeles is a perfect 7-0 on the road in the playoffs.

The Rangers and Devils play their Game Four tonight with Rangers up two games to one. New Jersey is a -120 favorite and the total is 4 1/2 wit the over -125. The first three games in the series ended 3-0, 2-3, 3-0 Broadway Blues and the Rnagers continue a run of 16 straight games of scoring three goals or less and 17 straight games of allowing three goals or less.

Scherzer wiffs 15, Strasberg homers, Dodgers sweep Cards

Max Scherzer struck out 15 Pirates in just seven innings work as the Tigers beat Pittsburg 4-3 at Comerica Park. Scherzer became the first Tiger to strike out 15 batters since Mickey Lolich struck out 15 Red Sox on October 2, 1972. The Tigers got three in the bottom of the seventh to get Scherzer the win. Pittsburg fell to 19-9 when scoring more than two runs.

Stephen Strasberg is known more for his arm than his bat but both were on display on Sunday in a 9-3 win over Baltimore, snapping the Orioles five-game winning streak, and salvaging the final game of the the three-game set. Strasberg hit the first home run of his career in the fourth, it was his fourth extra-base hit in his last five games. Strasberg also left after just five innings with some discomfort in his bicep. The soreness was attributed to overwork between starts and the ex-San Diego State expert is not expected to miss a start.

Dufner wins the Byron Nelson

It’s been a big month for Jason Dufner. In mid-April, he was a ten-year tour journeyman with no wins in 163 tour events. On April 29th, Dufner got his first tour winnng a playoff with Ernie Els at the Zurich Open in New Orleans. He got married the following week. Sunday, he holed a tough 25-footer on the final hole to win the Byron Nelson Championship at TPC Four Seasons. Dickie Pride was a shot back with Joe Durant, Marc Leishman, Jonas Bixt, and JJ Henry two-back tied for third. Henry had a rare TV ace (hole-in-one) with sand-wedge on the Par 3 154-yard 5th hole.

Nick Faldo recaps the Nelson

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Jon Jones arrested for DUI

UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones was arrested Saturday morning for suspicion of DUI after hitting a pole with his Bentley early Saturday morning in Binghamton, New York. Jones walked away from the crash unhurt and made bail early the Saturday morning.

Cormier wins Strikeforce heavyweight Grand Prix

Saturday night, Daniel Cormier won the Strikeforce heavyweight Grand Prix with a unanimous decision victory over veteran Josh Barnett. Cormier dominated throughout to improve to 10-0. Post-fight it was revealed that both fighters had broke their hands in the first round. In the co-main event, Gilbert Melendez won a split-decision over Josh Thompson to retain his Strikeforce lightweight belt.

Stenhouse dominates again in Iowa

Ricky Stenhouse led 209 of 250 laps to win Sunday’s Nationwide race in Iowa. It was Stenhouse’s third straight win on the short track after sweeping both of the 2011 events. It was his third win of the season and extended his lead in the points chase to 28 over Elliott Sadler, who was second.

Free Plays

(NBA) Philadelphia/Boston Over 174

(NHL) New Jersey -20 over NY Rangers

(MLB) NY Mets (Santana) -115 over Pittsburg (Bedard)

(MLB) Texas (Darvish) -140 over Seattle (Hernandez)