WAMC's Daily Sports Wrap

May 7, 2012

Well the Knicks have staved off elimination…

Yesterday Game 4 in New York, Amare Stoudemire returned to the lineup, netting 20 points, in guiding the Knicks to an 89-87 win over the Heat.  Carmelo Anthony led all scorers with 41.  The win snaps the Knicks' NBA-record 13-game postseason losing streak.  Game 5 is Wednesday. 

Game 4 in Boston, Paul Pierce dropped in 24 in just 18 minutes, as the Celtics opened up a 37-point third-quarter lead, coasting past the Hawks 101-79.  Boston, who leads three-games-to-one, can finish off Atlanta in Game 5 tomorrow. 

Game 4 in Philadelphia, Spencer Hawes scored 22, Jrue Holiday added 20, as the 76ers beat the banged-up Bulls 89-82 to take a 3-1 lead in the series.

Game 4 in Denver, Kobe Bryant’s 22 points led the Lakers to a 101-79 win over the Nuggets and to a 3-1 series lead.

To the NHL postseason, on the ice in New Jersey, Dainius Zubrus scored twice, Martin Brodeur made 20 saves on his 40th birthday, as the Devils doubled up the Flyers 4-2 in Game 4 to take a 3-1 series lead.  Game 5 is tomorrow night.   

In Los Angeles, after eliminating the top-seeded Canucks from the Western Conference playoffs in five games, the Kings have swept St. Louis in the second round.  Dustin Brown tallied twice, Jonathan Quick made 23 saves, as the Kings bounced the Blues 3-1 to advance to the Western Conference finale. 

To baseball, a wild one at Fenway… Chris Davis struck out five times, grounded into a double play, but tossed two scoreless innings of relief after Baltimore ran out of pitchers, as the Orioles outlasted the Red Sox 9-6 in 17 innings. 

In Kansas City, Robinson Cano belted a grand slam, A-Rod added a three-run shot, as the Yankees trounced the Royals 10-4. 

Elsewhere in the American League, Albert Pujols hit his first homer of the year as the Angels topped Toronto 4-3, Cleveland dumped Texas 4-2, Seattle rolled over Minnesota 5-2, Oakland got by Tampa Bay 9-5, and Detroit dropped the White Sox 3-1.

Over to the NL, in New York, R.A. Dickey allowed just four hits over eight-plus innings, as the Mets fought off the Diamondbacks 3-1.

Elsewhere, Philadelphia cooled off Washington 9-3, Miami doubled up San Diego 6-3, San Francisco edged Milwaukee 4-3, Atlanta swept Colorado 7-2, St. Louis routed Houston 8-1, Cincinnati shutout Pittsburgh 5-zip, and the Cubs got by the Dodgers 4-3 in 11.     

And in NASCAR, Penske Racing's Brad Keslowski drove to Victory Lane after a green-white-checkered finish at Talladega Superspeedway.

I’m Tristan O’Neill, WAMC News.