In front of a raucous crowd in Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant and the Thunder were able to seize early momentum in the 2012 NBA Finals, beating the Miami Heat 105-94 to take a one-game-to-none lead in the series.
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Coming off of a hard-fought Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics, no one would have been surprised if the Heat started a little slow yesterday. Instead, they came out hot, taking a 54-47 lead on the well-rested Thunder into halftime. The second half, on the other hand, was a completely different story.
Thanks to Durant, the Thunder dominated the Heat in the third and fourth quarters, outscoring them 58-40. Durant finished the game with 36 points, 17 of which came in the fourth quarter. Russell Westbrook chipped in 27 points along with 11 assists and 8 rebounds, while Nick Collison came off the bench to contribute 8 points and 11 rebounds in just 21 minutes of action.
Game 2 of the series will be in OKC at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Thursday, June 14. If you would like tickets to Game 2 or any other game during the NBA Finals, click here to view the selection available at TicketNetwork.com.
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After a pretty epic Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs, I think all football fans are psyched for the NFC and AFC Championship games next weekend. The NFC Championship will feature two old rivals, the 49ers and Giants, in what should be a defensive battle. In the AFC, the Patriots will try to avenge a playoff loss from two seasons ago when they take on the Ravens. One thing the NFL fans will be able to count on next week is that there will be at least one defining moment of the weekend.
Great moments are what all football fans live for come playoff time, because they are the things that you remember where you were when they happen. They’re the plays that you call your friends to ask, "Did you just see that?!?" They’re the plays that become simply known as "The [fill in the blank]." Below are some of the best moments in the NFL Conference Championship history, complete with video evidence.
The poor city of Cleveland has had a long history of sports misfortune that is still felt in the city today. The play simply known as "The Fumble" is one of those moments that Clevelanders point to when describing their pain. Down 38-31 late in the 1987 AFC Championship against the Broncos, the Browns were driving for a game-tying touchdown. Browns running back Earnest Byner took a handoff and looked as if he was heading for the end zone, only to be stripped of the ball at the two-yard line. If Byner were able to hold on to the ball, Cleveland sports history could have been dramatically altered. They may have won a Super Bowl and maybe never moved to Baltimore to become the Ravens (for those sports novices, they rejoined the NFL in 1999 as an expansion team). It's the possible implications that makes this one of those great NFL moments.
Just a few short months ago, 32 teams began their seasons with hopes of going to the playoffs and a chance at a Super Bowl. That quest for a Super Bowl championship is down to 12 teams, starting this weekend with four Wild Card playoff games.
This week's top game in the power rankings is the NFC match-up of the New Orleans Saints and Detroit Lions at the Louisiana Superdome. The game features two quarterbacks, Drew Brees and Matthew Stafford, who exceeded 5,000 passing yards this season, which has now only happened five times in NFL history (three of those five came in 2011 as Tom Brady also exceeded the mark). Combine that with the mediocre defense that both teams have and this should be a high-scoring affair. In fact, the odds makers have put the over/under at 59 points, the highest ever for a playoff game.
The winners of these games get the privilege of heading out on the road next week for the Divisional Playoffs against the four teams who had byes this week: the New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens, Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers. Here are our Wild Card Weekend NFL Game Power Rankings:
1. New Orleans Saints vs. Detroit Lions
Average Ticket Price: $258.14
These two teams faced each other just a few weeks ago, in a game that was won 31-17 by the Saints. The Lions didn't do themselves any favors that game, accumulating 11 penalties for 107 yards, including multiple personal fouls after plays were over. They also did not have Pro Bowl DT Ndamukong Suh, who was serving a two-game suspension. The Lions will have to cut down on all the mental mistakes if they want a chance to win, especially considering the Saints are the hottest team in the NFL right now.
Here we are, the last week of the regular season in the NFL…it's kind of sad, actually. These past 16 weeks just flew by; everyone blinked and it's over. At least we get to look forward to some great games in Week 17 and into the playoffs.
The best game this week is also the most important. Both the Cowboys and Giants have been consistently inconsistent all season, looking like top teams in the NFC one week, only to look awful the next. One of the teams will have a chance to redeem its season this week when the two teams face off on Sunday Night Football. The teams are currently tied atop the NFC East, and the winner of this game will get to play next week in the playoffs, while the other team will have to head home.
The Cowboys and Giants aren't the only teams playing for a playoff spot this week. The Bengals, Broncos, Raiders, Titans and Jets will all be vying for the two remaining playoff spots in the AFC. The Bengals and Broncos just have to win to secure the spots, while the others all need some breaks along the way.
Here is the NFL Game Power Rankings for Week 17:
1. New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys
Average Ticket Price: $204.29
The game was originally scheduled to be played at 1 p.m., but NBC had the choice to flex (a.k.a. move the start) to primetime for their Sunday Night Football game. It’s probably a good choice. Two of the most popular teams facing each other with playoff implications should equal some of the highest television ratings for a game all season.
With Major League Baseball recently wrapping up its 2011 All-Star Game festivities, teams are now getting back from the break and gearing up for the second half of the season. There are currently 17 teams either leading their division or within six games of the leader, meaning more than half of the league is within shouting distance of making the playoffs. That's good news for fans as more competition yields more exciting games.
Before moving onto the second half of the MLB season, let's take a quick look back at how the season has shaped up thus far (all standings are as of the MLB All-Star break).
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|New York Yankees
|Tampa Bay Rays
|Toronto Blue Jays
The American League East is once again considered the strongest division in baseball, boasting arguably three of the top four teams in all of baseball. After an awful 2-10 start to the season, the Boston Red Sox sit atop the division, holding a narrow lead over their rival, the New York Yankees, at the All-Star break. Both teams will undoubtedly continue to fight for the division, while the Tampa Bay Rays hope to quietly sneak up on the two baseball powerhouses.
Best Moment: Yankees legend Derek Jeter hit a solo home run during the Yankees July 9th game vs. the Tampa Bay Rays, reaching the historic milestone of 3,000 hits for his career. Nearly 50,000 fans piled into Yankee Stadium for the big moment. Fittingly, the Yankees won the game 5 to 4.