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With one 37-foot shot as time expired, Damian Lillard ended the Thunder's season, propelled Portland to the second round, and immortalized himself in basketball lore — creating one of those rare moments destined to live forever.
Recap: Lillard scored a career-playoff-high 50 points (17-33 FG, 10-18 3PT) and led a furious fourth quarter comeback to deliver a series victory in Game 6 at home.
What they're saying: "Hard pressed to conjure up a bigger playoff buzzer-beating dagger than a series-ending 37-footer to cap a personal 50-point night to send home a team that's been 💩 talking you, mocking your wrist-tapping celebration, etc.," Rich Eisen tweeted.
P.S. ... If you want to fall in love with Damian Lillard, read this. Unbelievable leader and person.
Barclay Goodrow (right) is swarmed by teammates after scoring the game-winner in OT. Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
The San Jose Sharks were down 3-0 midway through the third period of last night's Game 7 against the Vegas Golden Knights. And then all hell broke loose, resulting in a finish that can only be described as iconic.
What happened: With 9:13 left in the third, Sharks captain Joe Pavelski was cross-checked in the chest by Vegas' Cody Eakin, and the refs controversially ruled it a five-minute major, granting San Jose a five-minute power play.
Meanwhile, in Boston: The Bruins eliminated the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7 for the second straight year, beating them 5-1.
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On Day 2 of the the latest college basketball bribery trial, a key government witness testified that he made payments to college football players at major programs, at least once at the direction of a coach.
Details: Former financial adviser Marty Blazer said that from 2000 to 2014, he made payments to players at Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State, Pittsburgh, North Carolina and Northwestern.
What's next: Blazer is back in court today.
Las Vegas sports bettor James Holzhauer continued his miraculous "Jeopardy!" run last night, becoming just the second contestant to ever win more than $1 million during a daily run.
By the numbers: Holzhauer won $118,816 last night to bring his 14-day total to $1,061,554, second only to Ken Jennings' $2.5 million.
Between the lines: Holzhauer plays, as Slate's Jeremy Faust puts it, "like a cyborg contracted for the express purpose of winning at this ever-popular game." It's as if he's been sent from the future to dominate Alex Trebek's TV show.
"It's absolutely insane what he's doing. … I remember as a kid doing the math and figuring out how much somebody could win if they got every question, and got all the Daily Doubles last, and they bet everything on them. … Did I actually think we would see someone try that? No, I did not."— Ken Jennings (via Wired)
Go deeper: James Holzhauer is bad for "Jeopardy!"
Seattle's T-Mobile Park, home of the divison-leading Mariners. Photo: Rod Mar/MLB Photos via Getty Images
1. Seattle Mariners (16-10): Despite losing seven of their last 10 games the Mariners remain atop the division almost a month into the season.
2. Houston Astros (14-9): Since their 10-game winning streak was snapped last week, the 'Stros have slowed down quite a bit. They remain a World Series favorite, nonetheless.
3. Texas Rangers (12-10): The Rangers have won six of their last nine games against AL West opponents. Problem is, they're 4-5 against everyone else.
4. Oakland Athletics (13-13): The Athletics have been the epitome of average this season. They've won five of their last 10, but their pitching is struggling.
5. Los Angeles Angels (9-15): The bad news is that the Angels have lost eight of their last 10 and sit in last place. The good news is that Shohei Ohtani will be back next month.
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25 years ago today, Spurs center David Robinson scored 71 points in the final game of the regular season to win his only scoring title (29.8 ppg), beating out second-year stud Shaquille O'Neal by six points.
The backdrop: With Michael Jordan hitting baseballs in Birmingham, Shaq was the NBA's most popular player, and many of the league's best big men didn't love the rapping, acting, backboard-breaking youngster stealing all the attention.
Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker is coming up on his fifth year in the NBA, and he's already played for four head coaches, going on five. That's the same number that Dwyane Wade played for over his 16-year career.
Answer at the bottom.
From Mike Sykes: We're four days into the 2019 World Snooker Championship in Sheffield, England, and things are getting spicy.
Driving the news: In one of the most shocking upsets in snooker history, world No. 1 Ronnie O'Sullivan was ousted in the first round by James Cahill, an unranked amateur.
How it works: Established in 1927, the World Snooker Championship pits 32 players against each other in a knockout format over the course of 17 days.
What's next: With the world's best player out of the picture, Australian Neil Robertson (2010 champion) and world No. 2 Mark Selby (three-time champion) are the new favorites. The action continues today.
Watch: Snooker, explained
🎉 Lacrosse: The Premier Lacrosse League held its inaugural college draft last night. Top five picks: 1. Attackman Pat Spencer (Loyola), 2. Midfielder Ryan Conrad (UVA), 3. Midfielder Zach Goodrich (Towson), 4. Faceoff specialist Alex Woodall (Towson), 5. Attackman Clarke Petterson (Cornell). ... Full recap.
⚽️ Soccer: Southampton's Shane Long scored the fastest goal in Premier League history: 7.69 seconds. ... What's the fastest goal ever, you ask? The two-second strike Saudi striker Nawaf Al Abed scored for Al Hilal in 2009.
🎬 Television: HBO is teaming up with director Adam McKay ("Succession", "The Big Short") for a scripted drama based on author Jeff Pearlman's book about the Showtime Los Angeles Lakers. Yes.
Pro tip: If you want to master the art of sports betting, download the Action Network app. Highly recommend.
1. Who will win Hurricanes vs. Capitals?
2. The Rockets (-7.5) and Warriors (-13.5) are big favorites tonight. Will both teams cover the spread?
3. Who will score the most points in the NBA tonight?
🎰 Play now: Make your picks (cutoff time: 7:30pm ET)
Yesterday's results: 54.2% correctly predicted that the Bruins would win … 26.9% correctly predicted that the team that scored first in Sharks vs. Golden Knights would lose … 32.3% correctly predicted that Damian Lillard would score the most points.
Kendall "Damian Thrillard" Baker
Trivia answer: Stan Van Gundy, Pat Riley, Erik Spoelstra, Fred Hoiberg, Ty Lue