Rockets Square Up With Warriors, Celtics On The Brink Of Elimination, Sandoval Makes Rare History, Derby DQ Upheld

 | Grace Higgins
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Kevin Durant and Steph Curry both had chances to tie Game 4 of the Western Conference Semis on Monday with just under five seconds to play in the game, but neither of the Golden State Warriors’ stars were able to connect, allowing the Houston Rockets to hold on to win 112-108. The win doesn’t look nearly as dominant as the Rockets truly were. Maybe dominant isn’t the word for it, but the Warriors were trailing the Rockets seemingly by 7-12 points for the entirety of the second half before they made a late run at it. Every time they started to get close, barring the run right toward the end, James Harden would respond with a clutch shot, part of the 38 he would score. Former OKC teammate Durant ended up with 34 of his own, but he needed 37 to get it to OT, something that didn’t happen in the end. The series now shifts back to Oakland at 2-2 and is waiting for a team to win on the road.

Sports Illustrated

The Boston Celtics now find themselves on the brink of elimination after Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semi series with the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night. The Bucks, led by 39 points from the ever reliable Giannis Antetokounmpo, moved within a game of getting into the Conference Finals thanks to a 113-101 win in Boston in Game 4. That puts the Bucks up 3-1 now, giving them three bites at the cherry to win a game and advance. In addition the tremendous points total he put up, the Greek Freak also chipped in with 16 rebounds in a dominant display worthy of an MVP candidate. Kyrie Irving led the Celtics with 23 points, but it wasn’t nearly enough as the Bucks pulled away down the stretch to record what could be a crucial victory.

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Pablo Sandoval just did something that very few men have ever done. They say that history repeats itself, and that has never been more apparent after he turned back the clock and had a game for the ages, smashing a homer, stealing a base, and pitching a scoreless inning, too. The last man to do so in the major leagues was pitching great Christy Mathewson did it way back in 1905. He, like Sandoval, did it for the Giants against the Reds, though some of the background information has changed a bit. Nonetheless, it is an interesting tidbit of history in an otherwise lopsided 12-4 Reds win in Cincinnati.

Associated Press

Controversy surrounded the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, ultimately being decided by stewards. However, those questions were taken a step further as the owners of the aggrieved party, Maximum Security, lodged an appeal that was then summarily dismissed. The decision will not be overturned, meaning that Country House, a 65-1 longshot, remains the winner and will go down as the first horse to win via a decision by the officials. As a result, Maximum Security will not be running the Preakness, which is the second of the Triple Crown races, as a form of protest.

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