Well the Spurs have punched their tickets to the NBA’s Western Conference finals…
On the hardwood last night in Los Angeles, Tony Parker hit two consecutive baskets in the final two minutes, finishing with 17 points and six boards, as the Spurs rallied to knock out the Clippers 102-99. The Spurs, who’ve won 18 straight games, advance to the conference finals where they await the winner of the Thunder-Lakers series.
In Indiana, Lebron James poured in 40 points, grabbed 18 boards and dished out 9 assists, to lead the Heat to a 101-93 win over the Pacers. This Eastern Conference semifinal series is even at two games apiece.
To the NHL postseason, on the ice in Los Angeles, Shane Doan tallied twice and Mike Smith stopped all 36 shots, as the Coyotes stayed alive in the Western Conference finals, avoiding a four-game sweep by blanking the Kings 2-zip. Los Angeles still leads 3-1.
In other NHL news, the Rangers will be without Brandon Prust for tonight’s Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Devils. Prust has been suspended one game for his elbow to the head of Anton Volchenkov in game 3. The Rangers lead the series 2 games to 1.
To baseball, in interleague action, Ryan Ludwick ripped a solo shot and a two-run double, as Cincinnati took the rubber match of a three-game set from the Yankees 5-2, David Wright went 2-for-4, driving in two, as the Mets edged Toronto 6-5, Detroit dropped Pittsburgh 4-3, Atlanta shutout Tampa Bay 2-nothing, Washington routed Baltimore 9-3, Miami topped Cleveland 5-3, Texas bounced Houston 6-1, Arizona blanked Kansas City 2-zip, Milwaukee blasted Minnesota 16-4, the White Sox shutout the Cubs 6-nothing, Oakland dumped San Francisco 6-2, Seattle got by Colorado 6-4, San Diego held off the Angels 3-2 in 13, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia launched a three-run bomb as Boston downed Philadelphia 5-1.
In the lone NL game, the Dodgers rallied to beat St. Louis 6-5.
And in golf, Jason Dufner sank a 25-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a one-stroke win at the Byron Nelson Championship. The win is his second in three weeks. Dufner's winning putt wrapped up a closing 3-under 67 for an 11-under, one ahead of Dicky Pride
I’m Tristan O’Neill, WAMC News.