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.
Averages in table are based on the listed ticket price on TicketNetwork.com as of 10:15 a.m. on 6/13/2012. Prices may fluctuate based on demand.
Fenway Park in Boston is continuing its annual summer concert series this year with two classic artists. On Friday, Bruce Springsteen announced that he is heading to Fenway on August 14 as part of his Wrecking Ball Tour. Roger Waters, currently on his The Wall Live Tour, also has a scheduled a concert at the park on July 1.
Springsteen's announcement brings things full circle, as he was the first artist scheduled to play a show at the park when it began hosting concerts on September 6, 2003, but he wasn't actually the first to appear at the park. Here's a quick look at the highlights:
1999 - Limp Bizkit
That's right, Limp Bizkit was actually the first band to perform at the park, albeit without permission. On Sunday, June 13, 1999, the band climbed atop the roof of the Fenway parking garage and proceeded to play a 5-song set before the unauthorized concert was discovered by police. By the time authorities got to the park, 1,500 fans had flocked to see the band play, creating a traffic jam.
A few weeks ago, Tim suggested that I should do a blog post about the best Broadway songs. It sounded fun, so I agreed...and soon realized just how difficult the task would be. I ended up settling on my favorite Broadway soundtracks, so that I could cheat a little bit and include more awesome songs. Here's my list, in no particular order:
This is one of the most powerful shows ever written. I saw it for the first time just a few months ago, and it was a very intense and emotional experience. It helps that there is almost no dialogue; the entire show is music, which is amazing. This video is of the finale of the 25th anniversary concert version of the show; the video is about 11 minutes long...including 3 minutes of standing ovation at the end. Shows you just how great this show is.
Do you remember Olivia from The Cosby Show? The uber adorable little girl who stole scenes everywhere she went? Well, now she's a nun. On Broadway, that is. She's currently playing Deloris in the Broadway production of Sister Act.
Time will tell whether Raven-Symoné's time on the big stage proves successful. But overall, former child stars who make it to Broadway have had mixed results. Here are a few child stars who have made the leap, some who have soared and some who have flopped.
Daniel Radcliffe, Equus and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying: The Harry Potter star first made waves on Broadway in Equus, a very not-appropriate-for-children production that was a stark departure from the role that made him famous (along with some disturbing subject matter, the role required him to appear fully nude onstage). Radcliffe received rave reviews for his performance, and last year he returned to Broadway as the lead in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, for which he also received plenty of praise. I saw him in How to Succeed last summer, and he was amazing. Radcliffe's Broadway future seems pretty secure.Read more...
If you recall, last week I wrote a post about the most successful actors on film and on Broadway. You didn't think I'd let the flops go without notice, did you? Here are some of the worst attempts of famous actors to star in a Broadway production...none of them attempted a second.
Lucille Ball: I'm sure you know Lucille Ball as Lucy in I Love Lucy and probably several other characters in various movies. But you've probably never heard of her success on Broadway because, well, she didn't have any. In 1960, Ball starred in a musical called Wildcat. In it she played Wildcat "Wildy" Jackson, a woman who dreams of finding oil but doesn't know where to begin. The writer of the book had pictured a young woman in the lead role (whereas Lucille Ball was 48 years old), but when Ball committed funding to the project, he had to rework the show. The Broadway production only ran for 171 performances, due to lukewarm reviews, the fact that "Wildy" was not at all like Ball's I Love Lucy character, and the fact that she kept getting sick and audience members requested refunds in droves.Read more...