Heat 98, Celtics 90
The Miami Heat took a commanding 3-1 lead in the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals after a 98-90 win on Boston's home court.
Lebron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh had 83 of Miami's 90 points and 35 of Miami's 43 rebounds. It was enough to beat the injured Celtics.
Paul Pierce had 27 points for Boston. Rajon Rondo, who dislocated his elbow on a gruesome play Sunday, was on the bench for the critical end times of this game. Backup Delonte West played well, but had a critical turnover late in the game.
This series is being widely viewed as the NBA Finals, as the remaining teams are unproven longshots. The Los Angeles Lakers, who were the defending champs, suffered a 4 game sweep at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks. Whoever wins this series might not lose anoher game til next November.
Game 5- an elimination game for Boston- will go down Wednesday night in Miami.
Red Sox 2, Twins 1
The Boston Red Sox sent me to bed happy as they won it in extra innings over the Minnesota Twins. The final score was 2-1.
Carl Crawford, who is hitting .211 after signing a GNP-sized contract last winter, punched in the winning run with a timely double. Crawford actually has a 9 game hitting streak going, which has brought him above the Mendoza Line.
Josh Beckett went 7 strong inings, striking out 6 and allowing no runs. The Twins tied it by scraping a run off the bullpen. Hideki Okajima was the winning pitcher. Beckett is 2-1, with a 1.99 ERA.
Boston starts a series with the Toronto Blue Jays tonight. John Lester (4-1, 2.33 ERA) takes the hill for Boston at 7 PM, in Canada.