Tip-Off for 5/6/13 (featuring Rubin Carter): Oklahoma City Thunder fight off Memphis Grizzlies 93-91; Indiana Pacers stun NY Knicks 102-95

(Times Free Press)

A critical Memphis turnover opened the door for Kevin Durant’s late-game heroics.

Kevin Durant needed all of his game-high 35 points (15 rebounds and 6 assists) to push the OKC Thunder past the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 1 of the Western  Conference Semifinals 93-91. Durant sank a 19-foot jumper with 11.1 seconds remaining in regulation to give the Thunder the lead for good.

The Indiana Pacers shook off a jittery first quarter to dominate the New York Knicks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Lance Stephenson had a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds in the Pacers 102-95 win.

Thunder 93 – Grizzlies 91 – Neither team shot well from the floor, combining for 30 first quarter points. The Grizzlies did not dominate the offensive glass the way they did in the Clippers series. Kevin Martin had 25 points and 7 rebounds while Reggie Jackson added 12 points. Marc Gasol had 20 points and 10 rebounds. Zach Randolph added 18 points and 10 boards. Durant has scored 20 or more points in 33 consecutive playoff games.

Thunder lead 1-0.

Pacers 102 – Knicks 95 – The Knicks have lost three of their last for games after a 3-0 start to the playoffs. Carmelo Anthony’s shooting woes continue after a 10-28 performance. Anthony led all scorers with 27 points. The Pacers placed six players in double figures — including all five starters. David West led the Pacers with 20 points and Paul George added 19 points before fouling out.

Pacers lead 1-0.

LeBron James wins his fourth NBA MVP award in five seasons.

PJ Carlesimo out as coach of the Brooklyn Nets


The Lineup:

Where are the flop police (Dime Magazine).

Ten best states to retire in (CBS).

Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich are day-to-day (Mike and McGoutry).

No panic from Nuggets GM (Hoops World).

Kentucky rejects girls shooting as symbol (NY Times).

Hateration by the G.O.A.T. (Jay Graves Report).

Amazing student-athlete (NWI).

Writer on why he didn’t vote for LeBron James for MVP (Boston Globe).

NFL Draft analysis keeps repeating itself (USA Today).

Russia has some words for the United States (CNN).


Happy Birthday to “The Hurricane”!

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