Two blowouts last night in the NBA postseason…
On the court in Indiana, George Hill poured in 20 points, Roy Hibbert added 19 points and grabbed 18 boards, as the Pacers pasted the Heat 94-75. Miami was again without Chris Bosh, who’s sidelined with a strained abdominal muscle, and his absence showed. Mario Chalmers led the Heat with 25 points, Lebron James had 22, and Dwayne Wade scored just 5 points in the loss. Indianapolis, who leads the series two-games-to-one, hosts Game 4 Sunday afternoon.
In San Antonio, Tony Parker poured in 22 points on his 30th birthday, Tim Duncan chipped in 18, as the Spurs blasted the Clippers 105-88 to take a 2-0 series lead. The red-hot Spurs have won 16 straight games. Game 3 is Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles.
To the NHL postseason, on the ice last night in Los Angeles, Dwight King scored the tie-breaking tally early in the third, and it proved to be the game-winner, as the Kings hung on to beat the Coyotes 2-1 and take a commanding 3-0 series lead. Sound courtesy of NBC. Jonathan Quick made 18 saves for the Kings, who’ll try to put away the Coyotes in Game 4 Sunday in Los Angeles.
To baseball, in the American League, Jose Bautista and J.P. Arencibia each hit two-run homers to power the Blue Jays over the Yankees 4-1, Cleveland beat Seattle 6-5 in 11, Minnesota downed Detroit 4-3, Baltimore bounced Kansas City 5-3, Oakland got by Texas 5-4 in 10, the White Sox dumped the Angels 6-1, and Cody Ross homered and drove in four as the Red Sox downed Tampa Bay 5-3.
Over to the NL, David Wright doubled home the tie-breaking run in the eighth, raising his batting average to a league-leading .411, as the Mets outlasted Cincinnati 9-4, Philadelphia held off the Cubs 8-7, Arizona rallied to beat Colorado 9-7, San Francisco fought off St. Louis 7-5, Atlanta shutout Miami 7-0, Pittsburgh dropped Washington 5-3, Houston blanked Milwaukee 4-0, and the Dodgers beat San Diego 8-1.
In NFL news, Jonathan Vilma, who’s suspended for the entire 2012 season, has filed a defamation lawsuit against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, seeking unspecified monetary damages. The Saints linebacker claims Goodell has made false statements about him while discussing the NFL's investigation of the Saints’ bounty system.
I’m Tristan O’Neill, WAMC News.