*With a dislocated elbow and stiff back, Rajon Rondo helped guide the Boston Celtics to a 97-81 victory over the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
“He showed he’s a really tough young individual,” said Kevin Garnett, who had 28 points and 18 rebounds – more than he had in the first two games combined. “I don’t know what he’s going to be like when he’s 35, but right now he’s playing pretty well.”
Miami leads the best-of-seven series 2-1, with Game 4 on Monday night in Boston.
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Memphis Comes Back to Beat Oklahoma City 101-93
Zach Randolph had 21 points and a franchise-record 21 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies rallied from a 16-point deficit to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 101-93 in overtime Saturday and grab a 2-1 lead in their Western Conference semifinal.
The Grizzlies are trying to do something no NBA team has done in climbing from the No. 8 seed all the way to the Western Conference finals. They moved two wins away from that by remaining undefeated on their home court this postseason.
Memphis coach Lionel Hollins knows his Grizzlies were fortunate, but says that’s the NBA playoffs.
“In order to go further, you always have to be in games where you’ve got to do something miraculous in order to win the game,” Hollins said. “I thought this was miraculous the way we fought back after being down 16, and it was a super win. And like I said, by the grace of God we were fortunate to come out on top.”
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In Sunday NBA action, it’s either do or die for the Los Angeles Lakers. If they don’t win today’s game 4 against the Dallas Mavericks, they will be swept out of post season play and their season as well as their hope for a 3rd straight NBA title will be over. The game will be televised at 3:30pm Eastern on ABC.
Sunday’s other game matches the Chicago Bulls against the Atlanta Hawks. The Bulls, led by the sensational Derrick Rose, lead the series 2 games to 1. Watch the game at 8pm Eastern on TNT.
Manny Pacquiao Beats Shane Mosley to Retain WBO Crown
*In Las Vegas Saturday night, Manny Pacquiao kept his WBO welterweight title with a unanimous decision over Shane Mosley at the MGM Garden Arena.
Even with a cramp in his left leg, the 32-year-old left hander, dominated all 12 rounds against Mosley to improve his career record to 53-3-2 with 38 knockouts.
It was Pacquiao’s 14th consecutive win.
Pacquiano, who’s also a member of the Philippine Congress, gained majority verdicts from all three judges: 119-108, 120-108 and 120-107.
“It wasn’t my best performance but I did my best,” Pacquiao said ringside in front of a sellout crowd of 16,412. “My leg tightened up in the middle rounds and I couldn’t move.
Animal Kingdom wins Kentucky Derby
An injury to Animal Kingdom’s regular rider, Robby Albarado, cleared the way for Velazquez to pick up the mount on the 20-1 long shot. Once he took the reins Saturday, he rode his good luck all the way to the winner’s circle.
“For once, I’m on the good end of it,” Velazquez said. “All of a sudden I pick up this one and he wins the Derby, so it was meant to be.”