Warriors Take Game 5 Without Durant Down The Stretch, Bucks Dominate And Advance, Boston Gets To .500, Sharks Advance, Tottenham Stun Ajax

 | Grace Higgins
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The Houston Rockets did everything they could to keep Wednesday night’s Game 5 against the Golden State Warriors close. They just couldn’t quite keep it close enough, never being allowed to get within striking distance as the game ultimately came to a crescendo. The Warriors had earlier lost Kevin Durant, due to what looked like it could be possibly be an Achilles injury, late in the third quarter, yet they still waged on. He had 22 before departing, while Klay Thompson stepped up big time with 27 points to lead them to a 3-2 series lead. James Harden had 31 for the Rockets in the 104-99 loss as the series now shifts back to Houston with the Warriors getting two chances to eliminate their rivals.

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The Milwaukee Bucks didn’t need another chance at killing off the Boston Celtics, instead doing so in a 116-91 win in Game 5 on Wednesday night to take the series 4-1. Milwaukee did what it had to do, winning all four quarters as they gradually eased away from the C’s to win their second playoff series, a previously unthinkable proposition given their history in the last few decades. Giannis Antetokounmpo nearly had a triple-double, posting 20 points, while the Celtics’ Kyrie Irving could only muster 15, to lead the whole team, in the loss that eliminated them.

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There was a bit of good news on Wednesday for New England dwellers, however, as the Boston Red Sox finally got themselves to .500 with a 2-1 win in 12 innings over the Baltimore Orioles. Chris Sale was impervious in eight innings, giving up just one run and three hits while racking up 14 strikeouts. However, his team didn’t give him the firepower he needed to get the win on his own. In the end, they did get it as a team thanks to Andrew Benitendi’s homer in the top of the 12th that proved to be enough.

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It was another great Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Wednesday night as the San Jose Sharks hosted the Colorado Avalanche. But it was the home team that prevailed in the end, holding on to advance to the the Western Conference Finals thanks to a 3-2 win. It had been 3-1 up until a late Avalanche goal caused a decent amount of panic to occur. Joe Pavelski led the Sharks to victory, notching a goal and an assist to help them advance.

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After Liverpool’s miraculous comeback on Tuesday night, you couldn’t have imagined that Tottenham would do something like that. You had to think their chances were much better, but that didn’t appear to be the case as they fell behind 2-0 in the first half of their Champions League semi with Ajax. That meant they were down 3-0 overall and had to do something quick. A change in tactics meant a more direct approach, and it worked out with Lucas Moura scoring twice to make it 3-2. Very late in the game, he would score a third for his hat trick, sending Tottenham to Madrid to face Liverpool on June 1st for the Final.

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