Last night’s games in the National Basketball Association featured four game fives and all were potentially close out games and this has not happened since the 2003 season as teams must Win or Go Home! As we start with the Orlando Magic trying to stay alive against the Indiana Pacers but they were outmuscled by the Pacers 105-87 as Danny Granger lead the Pacers with 25 points to advance to the next round, the Boston Celtics were trying to send the Atlanta Hawks flying back to their nest, but the Hawks came out on top 87-86 thanks in part to Rajon Rondo’s mishandling of the ball in the waning seconds as Al Horford scored 19 points in his first start since January, the Philadelphia 76er’s couldn’t close out the Chicago Bulls and lost 77-69 as Luol Deng had a game high of 24 points to trim the 76er’s series lead 3-2 and despite 43 points from Kobe Bryant, the LA Lakers could not close out the Denver Nuggets and lost 102-99 with 24 points from Andre Miller.
The National Hockey League had one potential close out game on the iceeee last night as the New Jersey Devils skated past the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1 with a balanced scoring attack as the Devils advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Games were a plenty last night in Major League Baseball starting with the American League as the Texas Rangers literally spanked the Baltimore Orioles 10-3 with not one, not two, not even three, but four monster homeruns from Josh Hamilton, the Chicago White Sox defeated the Cleveland Indians 5-3 in 10 innings with 2 RBI’s from A. J. Pierzynski, the Tampa Bay Rays lost to the New York Yankees 5-3 as Raul Ibanez belted out 2 homeruns, the Boston Red Sox came up short against the Kansas City Royals 6-4 as Billy Butler belted out a homerun, while the LA Angels were SHUT OUT and blasted by the Minnesota Twins 5-0 as Scott Diamond won his first start of the season, the Toronto Blue Jays were trounced by the Oakland A’s 7-3 with homeruns from Brandon Inge and Josh Reddick and the Detroit Tigers got the best of the Seattle Mariners 6-4 with a homerun from The Prince.
For your NBA Quick Dribbles, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo won't have to submit the 12-man roster for the men's Olympic basketball team until July 8, according to a USA Today report, LA Lakers coach Mike Brown called extending the series against the Denver Nuggets to get Metta World Peace back for the next round "a joke" and finally, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant auctioned off the mask he wore this season after breaking his nose and suffering a concussion in the NBA All-Star Game and raised $67,100 for the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation…talk about an expensive mask, but at least it went for a good cause.
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