Thunder draw even, Kings in OT again, Tiger in the hunt + Free Plays for Sunday, June 3, 2012

Ibaka led Oklahoma City dumps Spurs

When you read about the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Game Four 109-103 win over San Antonio, you’ll read about Kevin Durant’s 18 fourth quarter points. The real story was the Serge Ibaka show. The 22-year-old Congolese PF scored a career high 26 points on 11-11 shooting from the field and also chipped in with six rebounds and three blocks. Russell Westrook had just seven points on 2-10 shooting. Tim Duncan had 21 points for the Spurs who have lost two straight after 20 straight wins. Game Five is Monday in Alamo City. The Spurs have been installed as five point favorites, the total has been bet from 204 down to 202 1/2.

The Celtics try to even their Eastern Conference Final series with the Miami Heat tonight at the TD Arena. Game Four open with Boston a 1 1/2 point favorite with a total of 182. The Heat are now 1 1/2 point road favorites and the total has been bet down to 180.

It’s Deja Vu for the Kings, 2-1 in OT

The LA Kings are going back to LA with a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Finals after beating the Devils 2-1 in overtime for the second straight time. Game Two was almost a mirror image of Game One. The Kings struck first at 7:49 of the first period when Drew Doughty weaved his way through the Devil defense after a full ice rush beating Martin Brodeur to the far post side with a laser wrist shot. After a scoreless second period, New Jersey got the equalizer at 2:59 of the third on a re-direct by Ryan Carter. Both teams had chances in overtime with the Kings having the better of the play outshooting the home team 10-3 until Jeff Carter beat Brodeur to the high stick side with a blast just past the right faceoff circle.

The loss puts the Devils in the unenviable position of having to win four of five games against a team that is 14-2 in the playoffs including a perfect 10-0 on the road. The Kings 10 road wins ties the NHL record shared by three teams including two of the three Devil Stanley Cup teams. New Jersey’s third-period goal was the first against Jamie Quick in 148 minutes spanning seven games. This was the 49th one-goal game of the playoffs, two shy of the NHL record set in 2007. Game Three is Monday at 8:00 PM EST at the Staples Center.

Strasburg fans nine in razor sharp start

Nat phenom Stephen Strasburg showed no signs of the biceps tightness that plagued him in his recent starts. Strasburg threw seven innings of four-hit shutout ball striking out nine and walking none in a 2-0 whitewash of the Braves. Jesus Flores gave Straburg all the support he needed with a solo shot in the fifth. Xavier Nady added a RBI double in the seventh. Strasburg improved to 6-1 while throwing an economical 90 pitches.

Tiger in the hunt at the Memorial

Spencer Levin (-8) leads the Memorial by one shot over Rory Sabbatini (-7) but the real buzz is in the second group where red-hot Ricky Fowler (-5) and Tiger Woods (-4) will look to run down the leader. There are seven golfers within five shots of the lead. Woods has been battling the flu all week and a win at the Memorial would tie him with Jack Nicklaus for second on the all-time win list with 73. Nicklaus hosts the Memorial.

I’ll Have Another trains alone at Belmont

After a close call during the week where a runaway horse nearly collided with I’ll Have Another, the NYRA arranged for the Belmont Stakes favorite to have the track all for himself for a 15 minute gallop. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner is scheduled for one final work before the June 9th Belmont Stakes.

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Mark Martin wins the pole at Dover

3.964 Funny Car quarter mile fastest of all time

SP3 remembers back in the 70’s when these were still cars, not rockets and pipe bombs with guys sitting in them. We don’t get it but that doesn’t mean it’s not cool for the gearheads. For SP3, give us a three-hour “Pinks” marathon any time.

While we are at it, might as well see the fastest top fuel dragster run (3.728) of all time too. Friday night, same track.

Free Plays

(NBA) Miami -1 1/2 over Boston

(MLB) Miami (Zambrano)/Philadelphia (Blanton) Over 8.5

(MLB) Oakland (Milone) +119 over Kansas City (Mazzaro)

(MLB) Texas (Harrison)/Anaheim (Haren) Under 8 -115