13) Rockets 126, Warriors 121 OT— Houston’s bench was +29 in 62:00; starting guards Harden/Gordon were 12-27 on the arc, combined for 71 points. Rockets were +20 on the boards.
Durant scored 46 in a losing cause; Curry was 7-23 from floor. Golden State’s bench took a total of six shots the whole game. Warriors still lead series, 2-1.
12) Portland 140, Denver 137, 4OT’s (Friday night)
— Will Barton scored 22 points for Denver; he didn’t score in the first half.
— Nikola Jokic played 65:00, the most ever by a 7-footer in a playoff game.
— Kanter played 56:00, Lillard 58:00, McCollum 60:00 for Portland.
— Portland was 24-28 on the foul line; Denver 14-20.
— Denver’s bench was -21 in 84:00; Portland’s was -2 in 75:00.
— Rodney Hood’s 3-pointer with 0:17.8 left was the game-winner.
— Game 4 is Sunday night, fairly quick turnaround in the playoffs.
11) Miami Marlins fired president of business operations Chip Bowers this week, because it is his fault that Derek Jeter is doing a cruddy job running the franchise.
No one goes to the games, because the team is dreadful; not that many people went when they had the best outfield in baseball (Jeter traded them all away).
10) Friday night in Cincinnati, Giants trailed 8-0 after three innings; from 1957 to 2018, teams trailing by exactly eight runs entering the 4th inning were 6-412.
Giants won 12-11 in 11 innings, so make that 7-412.
9) Dodgers 7, Padres 6— LA wins for second night in a row in last inning; since the start of the 2011 season, Dodgers are 101-51 against San Diego.
8) Brewers 4, Mets 3 (18)— Mets scored a run in top of 18th, then they walked three batters in row in bottom of 18th, and Ryan Braun’s 6th hit of the game sent the locals home happy.
7) Baseball stuff:
— New York put P James Paxton (knee) on the IL.
— Pirates put P Jameson Taillon (elbow) on IL.
— Nationals put OF Juan Soto (back) on IL.
— Reds cut OF Matt Kemp, ate $15.5M in salary they owe him.
— Phillies DFA’d OF Aaron Altherr.
6) From Elias: Colorado’s Tyler Anderson is the first pitcher in 100+ years to give up 5+ earned runs while pitching five or fewer innings in each of his first five starts of the season. He also got sent to AAA Saturday.
5) Good news/bad news week for Monty Williams:
Good news: He got hired this week as head coach of the Phoenix Suns.
Bad news: Phoenix Suns are owned by Robert Sarver, a meddling owner whose team has made the playoffs once in 11 years (2010) since they stupidly let Mike D’Antoni leave town.
4) Chicago Bears had eight kickers in for tryouts this week; at the end of practice, with the whole team watching, each kicker tried a 43-yard FG, the length of the FG Chicago missed in their loss to the Eagles in the playoffs in January.
The eight kickers combined to go 2-8 on their FG tries. No bueno.
3) NBA shooters get fouled on only 1.66% of their 3-point shots; James Harden gets fouled on 11.5% of his 3-point shots. Big difference.
2) Red Sox 15, White Sox 2— Boston had 10 consecutive hits in third inning, one short of the MLB record (Colorado in 2010).
1) Congrats to KL Wheat, who cleaned up big-time with the Kentucky Derby Saturday; he turned a five-figure profit for the day, which is damn impressive.