Lebron James scored 29 while Wade added 28 to lift the Miami Heat over the Brooklyn Nets 96-94, winning the best of seven series 4-1. The Heat will face the winner of the Pacers / Wizards series in the Eastern Conference finals. The Pacers can close out the Wizards tonight in-game 6 of that series in Washington.
Out west, the San Antonio Spurs closed out the Portland Trailblazers 104 - 82 taking the best of seven series 4 - 1. Tim Duncan scored 16 and added 8 rebounds while Patty Mills scored 18 and Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard each scored 22 points overcoming an injury to Tony Parker in the second quarter. The Spurs will face the winner of the Oklahoma City Thunder / L.A. Clippers series which the Thunder can close out tonight in-game 6 being held at the STAPLES center in Los Angeles.
Paul George played 46 minutes and scored 39 to lead the Indiana Pacers back from a 19 point deficit to take a 3-1 series lead over the Washington Wizards. Roy Hibbert added 17 points and nine rebounds in the 95-92 victory. The Pacers can close out the series Tuesday night, hosting Game 5.
On the west coast, Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 25 points while Chris Paul added 23 and 18 assists as the Clippers rallied late to even the series with the Oklahoma City Thunder. It was the 14th comeback by the Clippers this season after trailing by double digits. They rallied from 12 points down in the second quarter of Game 7 to oust Golden State in the first round. Game 5 is Tuesday night in Oklahoma City.
The Washington Wizards capped of the first round series against the Chicago Bulls Tuesday night with a game and series victory, 75-69. This victory marks the first series win for the Wizards since 2005, when they eliminated the Bulls 4 games to two.
John Wall and Bradley Beal combined for 41 points leading the team. The Wizards will meet Indiana or Atlanta in the Eastern Conference semifinals, where the Atlanta Hawks lead the series 3-2.
Los Angeles Clippers owner, Donald Sterling was banned from and fined by the NBA to the tune of 2.5 Million dollars, after Sterling was recorded making racist comments. Clippers president Andy Roeser will handle day to day operations of the club for now, according to a person familiar with the situation.
Furthermore NBA Commissioner, Adam Silver went on to say "As for Mr. Sterling's ownership interest in the Clippers, I will urge the board of governors to force a sale of the team and will do everything in my power to ensure that happens."
The Miami Heat finished the sweep of the Charlotte Bobcats out of the NBA Playoffs Monday night. The final score ended 109 - 98 with Lebron James scoring 31 and Dwyane Wade adding 15 points in 30 minutes. The two-time defending NBA champions, Miami Heat will await the winner of the Brooklyn-Toronto series, which is tied 2-2.
The Heat improved to 16-2 in first-round games since Lebron James arrived in South Beach four years ago. This was the second straight year the Heat swept their first-round series, taking out Milwaukee in four games last season.
When asked about playing Charlotte in the first round Lebron James responded by saying "We got tested by a young, scrappy Bobcats team, We responded with a championship-type attitude.".
Team Orica-GreenEdge rider Simon Gerrans won the 100th edition of the Liège-Bastogne-Liège cycling race on Sunday morning. The Australian 33-year-old has proven to be a skilled rider over the years, winning his national champions jersey, wearing the yellow jersey in the Tour de France, and picking up one-day classics victories.
"To win any Liège-Bastogne-Liège is very special, but the fact it's the 100th edition really puts my name in the history of the race, it's a real honor," Gerrans said following his impressive ride. "Our team got some fantastic results in 100th edition of the Tour (de France) last year, and now to do that again - maybe that's a good omen."
Defending winner Daniel Martin (Garmin-Sharp) was just 250 meters away from capturing a second Liège-Bastogne-Liège, but hit the deck in the last turn, giving Gerrans the perfect opportunity to win. Spanish rider Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) rounded out the podium, bringing the Belgian Ardennes Classics season to a close.
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones completely dominated heavy-handed Brazilian Glover Teixeira en route to a five-round decision win at UFC 172. Jones battered Teixeira on the feet, where the Brazilian was expected to pose the toughest challenge - using a mix of crisp boxing, effective kicks, and brutal elbows through all five rounds.
Jones will now have a rematch against Alexander Gustafsson, the Swedish fighter that fought to a close decision loss in their first fight. If Gustafsson is unable to beat Jones, it seems unlikely that anyone else has a shot against the 26-year-old, fighting out of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
It's unknown how long Jones will continue to fight - despite his young age - he has accomplished so much during his UFC career, and other lucrative opportunities will emerge. For MMA fighting fans, next up is Jones-Gustafsson II, and then we'll see what happens later down the road.
Rejuvenated MMA fighter Anthony Johnson made a successful return to the No. 1 promotion last night, with a dominant win against contender Phil Davis at UFC 172. After his release in early 2012, Johnson won six consecutive fights on the regional circuit before being welcomed back, in what was expected to be a squash match for Davis.
Davis, a former NCAA Division I wrestling champion and skilled MMA fighter, was unable to secure takedowns and top control - while Johnson essentially manhandled him on the feet. It was a superb showing by Johnson, and the Team Blackzilians fighter is ready for another step up in competition.
Johnson is 30-years-old and looks comfortable fighting at light heavyweight (205. Lbs), as opposed to his failed stint at welterweight (170 lbs.) - and the UFC has another skilled, heavy-handed fighter to thrust into the championship mix.
A little less than two weeks after a mysterious substance on the hand of New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda went unchecked in a dominant win over Boston, the RedSox manager John Farrell didn't leave things to chance this time around. Complaining to the umpires in the second inning that there was a dark substance on the neck of Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda.
After struggling in the first inning with command of his pitching, Pineda was decidedly better in the second, forcing two fly-outs. It looks as if Pineda will be facing a suspension from the league office as the last two pitchers caught using pine tar were Brendan Donnelly and Joel Peralta and they were suspended for 10 and 8 games respectively.
Albert Pujols, L.A Angels first baseman has hit eight homeruns in the last thirteen games, with two coming tonight against the Washington Nationals. The second home run by Pujols lifted the 34 yr old major leaguer into the record books as the third youngest to reach the 500 home run milestone, while also becoming the first to hit home run 499 and 500 in the same game. This makes a strong case for the veteran who is in the third year of his 10-year $240 Million contract he signed in 2012.
When asked about reaching the milstone Pujols responded "It tastes better with a win, I knew this year, it was going to happen, whether it was tonight, tomorrow, two months from now. So my goal was just to prepare myself every day to try to help this organization win. To have more than 19,000 players who wore a big league uniform and to have only 26 players to do this, it's pretty special,"