It was a circuitous route, but in the end it didn’t matter for the Toronto Raptors as they outlasted the Milwaukee Bucks to reduce their deficit in the Eastern Conference Finals from 2-0 to 2-1 with a 118-110 win double overtime. Having paced the game for the vast majority of the second half, the Raptors would have expected to pull away. But they just never could, with the Bucks ebbing amd flowing to keep it close on a night where Giannis was not his usual self. Kawhi Leonard was, slamming home two crucial dunks in the second OT period, on the way to 36 points. Pascal Siakam also had a fine night, despite having missed free throws when the win was within their grasp, by contributing with 25 points of his own. The series is now very much alive and the Canadians can level it up in a couple of days’ time.
Brooks Koepka led from start to finish at the PGA Championship this week, dominating the tournament and making it a formality for the entirety of the weekend, if not longer than that, in the process. But it wasn’t the formality it seemed to be for a few moments on Sunday as he came back to the field by shooting a +4 74 to give his competition a chance. Still yet, he had built such a strong lead that Dustin Johnson, just -1 for the day, was unable to surpass him and still ended up two strokes back. It’s an historic achievement for Koepka, who has now won four of the last eight majors. At this rate, has their ever been a more dominant player when the bright lights are on in a short period?
The 103th running of the Indianapolis 500 is next Sunday, but this past weekend marked the second year in a row in which there were crunch qualifications to be done. After missing out last year, James Hinchliffe was once again in the situation of having to race his way in on the last day of qualifying. He was joined by five others, all vying for three spots, with the biggest name of the bunch being two-time Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso. Unfortunately for Alonso, who did so well two years ago at Indy in his first outing, he did not make the top three of the six and thus was sent home. Will the Spaniard give it a go again or will this be the last we see of him?
The St. Louis Blues got the perfect win in Game 5 of their series with the San Jose Sharks on Sunday, racking up five goals in shutout victory to put themselves one game away from the Stanley Cup Finals. Jaden Schwartz was the hat trick hero with three goals, including one in the second period in which they absolutely decimated the helpless Sharks. Vladimir Tarasenko was just as good, scoring once and assisting twice, while goaltender Jordan Binnington saved, of course, 100% of the 21 shots he faced.
The Boston Red Sox avoided the ignominy of a sweep against the Houston Astros on Sunday, winning 4-3 at Fenway Park in the afternoon sunshine to make sure they didn’t fall even further off the pace of division leaders New York and Tampa Bay (the Yankees retook the AL East led thanks to a 13-5 victory on Sunday). Xander Bogaerts came up clutch, singling in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game and then hitting a double in the seventh to put them ahead for good.