The Black Momba does it again – refuses lose and wins MVP chants on the road. Kobe dropped a season-high 47 points in Portland last night, keeping the playoff run alive for his Lakers as they take a one game lead over Utah for the 8th spot in the West. Bryant filled up the stat sheet by grabbing 8 boards, dishing 5 assists, and got 3 steals to go along with 4 blocks; oh, and went a perfect 18-18 from the charity strike.
The superstar received help from both bigs however, Howard finishing with 20 & 10, and Pau with 23 & 9. The Rookie of the Year to be, Damian Lillard, added a fantastic game for the Trailblazers dropping 38 points and throwing out 9 assists. The road only gets harder as the Lakers look ahead to their last 3 games, but they are all must-wins if they want to secure a post-season birth.
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Tobias Harris stuffing it in the OT win over the Bucks. Credit: AP
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Dwight Howard who?? The front-line for the Orlando Magic proved that “Superman” is not missed in Orlando, combining for 60 points and 39 rebounds to boost their squad past Milwaukee 113-103. It was the 3rd 20/20 game for Vucevic this season, but the first time he ever reached 30 points for a new career-high in scoring. Tobias Harris also had his second strong game in a row dropping 30 points and grabbing 19 boards in Monday night’s contest after getting 26 & 12 on Sunday.
While Orlando is en route to a lottery pick, something no team wishes on themselves as the season starts, their fans can now have strong hope for the near future as these young players start to look like emerging stars. It will be interesting to see who they snag in this year’s NBA Draft, and what impact these kids can have next season.
It was Robert Luongo’s first start in over 3 weeks, and it couldn’t have gone much better. The veteran stopped 40 shots on the night, only letting one slip past in the 4-1 victory over the Flames.
Vancouver continues its tear winning their 4th in a row and making it 10 out of their last 12. With only 8 games left in the season they we’ll see if they continue to rise in the standings. It is unlikely anyone catches Chicago, but they still have a chance to overtake Anaheim for the number 2 spot in the West.
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The right-hander came to play yesterday as he threw a 9 inning shutout to earn his first win of the season. After Westbrook lost 1-0 after throwing a gem in his season debut, in which he still did not give up an earned run, his team made sure another win wasn’t wasted.
The Cardinals dropped 4 bombs on the Reds on their way to a 10-0 victory and to take the three game series from the reigning NL Central champions.
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The young center fielder was determined not to let his team suffer the sweep against the Pirates this week, as he lifted his Diamondbacks to a 10-2 win. Pollock went 3-5 from the plate, homering twice while driving in four teammates and crossing the plate three times.
Starting pitcher Wade Miley also had a fine outing, finishing with five strikeouts and only giving up 2 runs through 6.2 innings for his second win of the season.
NBA – Damian Lillard (Loss): 38 pts, 9 ast, 3 stl
NBA – Andre Iguodala (Win): 12 pts, 13 reb, 10 ast, 3 stl
NBA – Andre Drummond (Win): 29 pts, 11 reb, (career high in pts)
NHL – Gregory Campbell (Win): 2 G, 2 SOG
NHL – Phil Kessel (Loss): 2 G, 5 SOG
NHL – Mike Smith (Win): 29 SV, 1 GA
MLB – Brandon Moss (Win): 3-4, HR, 5 RBI, 2 R
MLB – Matt Carpenter (Win): 4-5, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R
MLB – Kelley Shoppach (Loss): 3-3, HR, 2 RBI, 1 R
MLB – Matt Moore (Win): 5.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 5 K, Win
MLB – Barry Zito (WIn): 7 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, 4 K, Win
MLB – Wade Davis (Win): 5 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 6 K, Win
MLB – Mike Minor (Win): 5.2 IP, 5 H, 4 K, Win