Thunder roll Lakers, Devil draw even, Gio Gonzalez + Free Plays for Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Celtics thump Philly, Lakers going fishing

Boston sleepwalked through the first half of their Game Five showdown with the 76ers trailing 50-47 at the intermission. The Celtics put the hammer down in the second half, blowing out Philly 54-35 in the second 24 minutes cruising to a 101-85 victory. Brandon Bass scored a playoff career high 27 points for Beantown while Rajon Rondo dished out 14 helpers. Elton Brand had 19 for the Sixers who were outscored 26-10 from the foul line. Boston leads the series 3-2 and can slam the door Wednesday night in Philadelphia. The 76ers opened up two-point favorites, the total 175.

There was no way the Oklahoma City Thunder were going back to the Staples Center for a Game Six. OKC got off to a fast start leading 26-21 after a quarter, 54-51 at the half, 83-77 after three, and put a 23-13 cherry on the top of a 106-90 series clinching victory over the Lakers. Russell Westbrook led the way with 28 points with Kevin Durant chipping in with 25/10. Kobe Bryant had 42 points on 32 shots for LA, Pao Gasol had 14 points and 16 rebounds. Oklahoma City will open up their Western Conference final series in San Antonio on Sunday.

Just one playoff game tonight in “The Association”, Game Five between the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat in South Beach. The Heat are -6 1/2 with the total 181. Chris Bosh is out for the series for Miami, the Heat are 5-8 without him this year. Miami is 2-0 when they shoot better than 40% from the floor, 0-2 when they don’t. The under is 12-3 in Miami’s L15 games.

Devils dump Rangers to even series

Martin Brodeur made 28 saves and the Devils finally found the back of the net as the Devils evened up their Eastern Conference finals series with the Rangers with a 4-1 win. Zach Parise notched a power-play goal and an empty netter for the Devils. The Rangers are just 10-8 in the playoffs but just two games from advancing to the Stanley Cup finals. Ruslan Fedentenko spoiled Brodeur’s bid for a 25th career shutout with a snap shot goal at 14:55 of the third.

The LA Kings look to close out their series with the Coyotes tonight in the desert. LA is -135 with a high/low of 4 1/2 with the over -115. The Kings are 11-2 in the playoffs and a perfect 7-0 on the road …. they’ve outshot the Coyotes 152-91 in the series including 104-63 in the first two periods. LA won the first two games here by an 8-2 agg dropping Phoenix to 4-4 on home during the playoffs.

Royals blank Yanks, Seattle spanks Texas and Yu

After the Yankees 6-0 home loss the Kansas City Royals, the Bronx Bombers are 2-7 in their L9. The Yankees are 6-59 with runners in scoring position including 0-13 last night. Filipe Paulino went 6 2/3 scoreless innings for the win, Mike Mostakas’ 7th home run was all the offense the Royals needed. Alex Rodriguez got his 500th career double for the pinstripes, just his 10th extra base hit in 2012.

King Felix Hernandez threw eight innings of six-hit one-run ball as the Seattle Mariners dispatched the Texas Rangers 6-1. It was the second time the M’s have roughed up Japanese phenom Yu Darvish. In two starts vs Seattle, Darvish have been nicked for nine earned runs on 10 hits with 10 walks in just 9 2/3 innings of work. Darvish fell to 6-2 on the year.

Gio Gonzalez and three relievers outdueled Kyle Kendrick and the Phillies 2-1 to improve his record to 6-1. Ian Desmond drove in both Nat runs with a solo shot and a RBI single. Gonzalez is a former Philadelphia farmhand who has struck out 35 batters in his last 25 innings of work. The Nats face Roy Halladay today. Halladay is 9-0 in his L10 starts against Washington.

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Former Mountie coach Stewart dead at 59

Former West Virginia football head coach Bill Stewart is dead at 59 after collapsing while playing golf. Stewart apparently had a heart attack and was unable to be revived. Stewart resigned as coach last June after the school had hired Dana Holgorsen to be offensive coordinator and coach-in-waiting. He took the job over from Rich Rodriguez after Rodriguez left the school to take over at Michigan in 2007. He led the Mountaineers to a 48-28 win over Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl as the interim head coach. His position was made permanent afterward. As a coach at West Virginia, Stewart compiled a record of 28-12, and was 36-37 in his coaching career having spent three seasons at VMI as well.

Aroldis Chapman can’t drive 55

Red’s lefty reliever Aroldis Chapman is known for throwing the ball 100 miles-per-hour. In fact, his 194 pitches over the century mark during the past three years is far and away the best in the majors. Apparently Chapman likes to drive 100 mph too …. allegedly with a suspended license. Reds lefty Aroldis Chapman was arrested early Monday in Grove City, Ohio, on charges of driving under suspension with a citation for speeding. Chapman was pulled over in a black Mercedes at 12:42 a.m. after being clocked at 93 mph. It was then discovered that Chapman was driving on a suspended Kentucky driver’s license. He was taken into custody and then released after posting bond.

Stan Van Gundy fired in Orlando

When the star player of the team wants you gone, your gone. The Orlando Magic started cleaning house by firing HC Stan Van Gundy and GM Otis Smith. The move came as no so surprise after a tumultuous season overshadowed by Dwight Howard’s imminent free agency. Van Gundy, 51, served as coach for five years and compiled a 259-135 regular-season record. His teams made the playoffs five times and won three division titles and one Eastern Conference championship. Don’t feel bad for Stan, he’ll get paid to go fishing in 2013 and his lifetime NBA winning percentage of .641 makes him an automatic hire when he’s ready to coach again.

Bucs deal Kellen Winslow Jr to the Seahawks, sign Dallas Clark

Monday morning, Kellen Winslow told the press that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn’t want him and were looking to trade him. Winslow must be clairvoyant as Monday afternoon, the Buccs signed free-agent Dallas Clark then immediately dealt Winslow to the Seattle Seahawks for a conditional 2013 draft pick. Winslow was not participating in OTAs and the new Tampa Bay regime was having none of it.

Fan catches back-to-back home runs

What are the chances of catching a foul ball at a baseball game ??? What are the chances of catching a home run at a baseball game ??? What are the chances of catching back-to-back home runs at a baseball game ??? Just ask Cincinnati Red fan Caleb Lloyd.

Free Plays

(NBA) Indiana/Miami over 180.5

(NHL) Los Angeles -130 over Phoenix

(MLB) Atlanta (Beachy) -110 over Cincinnati (Latos)

(MLB) Tampa Bay (Moore) -135 over Toronto (Hutchinson)