Sports Robot Round Up: LeBron James, Oklahoma City Thunder, Bulls vs. Hawks
Welcome back to the Sports Robot Round up. I’m going to dub this the NBA Playoff edition because last night’s games were fantastic. LeBron James and the Miami Heat stole one in Boston and now hold a 3-1 game advantage over the Celtics. Not to be outdone, the Oklahoma City Thunder-Memphis Grizzlies game went into triple OT. Check out the recaps of the games below, along with a preview of tonight’s game in Chicago (Atlanta Hawks vs. Chicago Bulls).
Miami Heat 98, Boston Celtics 90 F/OT
The Miami Heat took care of business last night in Boston, defeating the Boston Celtics in overtime 98-90. LeBron James had a game high 35 points to go along with 14 rebounds and Miami’s Big 3 combined for 83 points (no other player had more than 4 points). Dwyane Wade chipped in with 28 points along with a huge step back jumper that was thought to be a 3 pointer but ruled a 2 after the officials reviewed the tape. After being absent and admitting to the jitters in Saturday night’s game 3 in Boston, Chris Bosh totaled 20 points and 11 rebounds including a few crucial tip ins late in the game. Rajon Rondo played through pain after injuring his elbow in game 3 without the aid of a cortizone shot or narcotics. Paul Peirce did his part with 27 points but received virtually no help from fellow veteran Kevin Garnett (7 points, 10 rebounds). The Miami Heat now have 3 chances (2 at home) to close out the series and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals , with the first coming up Wednesday at 7 PM EST in Miami.
Oklahoma City Thunder 133, Memphis Grizzlies 123 F/3OT
In the later game on TNT, the Thunder defeated the Grizzlies 133 to 123 in triple overtime. Russel Westbook finally had the big game that the Thunder needed, tallying 40 points while shooting over 45% from the field. His superstar teammate Kevin Durant added 35 points to go along with 13 rebounds , including 6 points in the third overtime. The Grizzlies, who led the series 2-1 coming into the game, were led by Zach Randolph (34 points, 16 rebounds). Pau Gasol, who is now sitting at home after the Lakers were swept, watched his little brother Marc Gasol go for 26 points and 21 rebounds. Both benches were a huge factor in the game, but Oklahoma City outscored Memphis 43-41. With the series now tied at two games a piece, they head back to Oklahoma City. Make sure to tune into TNT on Wednesday at 9:30 PM EST after the Celtics-Heat game because all the games in this series have been awesome.
Tonight’s game 5 between the Atlanta Hawks and Chicago Bulls looks to be another good one. League MVP Derrick Rose and the Bulls look to take command of the series as Josh Smith and the hard playing Hawks try to steal one on the road. Chicago is favored by 8.5 points and understandably so, as they had the best home record in the East during the regular season. They’ve only lost one home game during the post season so far; however, that one loss did come at the hands of the Atlanta Hawks. Make sure you tune into TNT tonight at 8 PM EST – you don’t want to miss this. Plus, who doesn’t love listening to Charles Barkley talk about how “turrrrible” someone is playing?
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