Joe’s Morning Sports-Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Stephen Curry and Golden State turned all those Houston bricks into a road back to the NBA Finals. Needing not only all their firepower but also 27 straight misses by the Rockets during an epic cold streak from three-point range, the Warriors rallied to keep alive their hopes for a repeat. Kevin Durant scored 34 points, Curry sparked another third-quarter turnaround, and Golden State earned a fourth straight trip to the NBA Finals by beating Houston 101-92 in Game Seven of the Western Conference finals last night. The defending champions trailed by as many as 15 in the first half after falling behind 17 in Game Six. Curry finished with 27 points, ten assists, and nine rebounds. He scored 14 of the Warriors’ 33 points in the third quarter as the Rockets’ shooting didn’t just go cold, it froze. They missed all 14 three-point attempts in that quarter as part of a 1-21 second half from long range. James Harden scored 32 points, but was 12-29 from the field and 2-13 from three point range. Game One of the NBA Finals gets underway on Thursday when Cleveland visits Golden State.
In a single nine-minute stretch of the third period, the Washington Capitals dramatically took the lead before the Vegas Golden Knights replied with two goals of their own. The upstart Golden Knights have spent their entire inaugural season speeding past all expectations, and their first Final game didn’t slow them down in the slightest. Tomas Nosek scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period, and the expansion Golden Knights surged past the Capitals for a 6-4 victory last night in Game One of the Stanley Cup Finals. Game Two in Wednesday in Las Vegas.
Losses in six of its last seven games didn’t diminish defending national champion Florida’s overall body of work when it came to seeding the NCAA baseball tournament. The 42-17 Gators are the first team to earn the top overall seed three times since the tournament went to its current structure in 1999. Florida was also the top seed in 2012 and 2016. Stanford is the two seed, followed by Oregon State, Mississippi, and Arkansas. Four Big Ten teams in Minnesota, Purdue, Indiana and Ohio State are in the NCAA field. The College World Series is held at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha June 16-26.
Local Schedule: Columbus Fire & Ice at Kelly’s 18′s (SB DH-6:30); Round Rock, TX at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-6:35).
Local Scores: Omaha Storm Chasers 3 Round Rock, TX 2 (Bsbl).
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