Sunday, May 01, 2016

Timbers Hold Off Reds At Home

At Portland, Oregon:

Fanendo Adi (17') and Diego Valeri (74') each scored a goal while goalkeeper Jake Gleeson came up with four clutch second-half saves on Sunday as the Portland Timbers held off visiting Toronto FC 2-1.

Will Johnson scored against his former club in the 40th minute for the Reds' goal.

The Timbers will visit Vancouver this coming Saturday at 2:00 PM Pacific Time in the first of their Cascadia Cup contests (telecast over the Timbers' broadcast network with KPTV of Portland the originating station).

NBA Playoffs: Heat, Raptors Take Game Sevens, Will Face Each Other Next; Warriors Too Much For Blazers In West Semi Opener

The NBA Playoffs continued on Sunday with three games.

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

At Miami:

Goran Dragic scored 25 points while Gerald Green added 16 as the Miami Heat, with five players scoring in double figures, destroyed the visiting Charlotte Hornets 106-73 in game seven of their conference quarterfinal series, which they won four games to three (2002 remains the last time that a Charlotte NBA club advanced to the second round of the playoffs).

At Toronto:

In the finale of the Playoffs' opening round, DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points as the Toronto Raptors won a playoff series for the first time since 2001 by holding off the visiting Indiana Pacers 89-84 in the seventh and deciding game of their conference quarterfinal series, which they won four games to three.

Paul George scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Pacers.

Miami and Toronto will square off in an Eastern Conference semifinal series, due to open in Toronto on Tuesday night.



WESTERN CONFERENCE:

At Oakland, California:

Klay Thompson scored 37 points while Draymond Green delivered a triple-double (23 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 assists) as the Golden State Warriors opened their conference semifinal series by downing the visiting Portland Trail Blazers 118-106.  Damiel Lillard paced the Blazers with 30 points.


Stanley Cup Playoffs: Blues Square Series With Stars; Sharks Take 2-0 Series Lead Over Preds

Both Western Conference semifinal series continued during the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Sunday.

At Dallas:

David Backes celebrated his 32nd birthday by scoring the game-winning power-play goal at 10:58 of overtime as the St. Louis Blues leveled their conference semifinal series with the Dallas Stars at one game apiece following their 4-3 game-two road victory.

At San Jose, California:

Logan Couture (power play), Joe Pavelski, and Joe Thornton (empty net) each scored a goal while Martin Jones saved 37 of 39 shots as the San Jose Sharks defeated the visiting Nashville Predators 3-2 and stretched their conference semifinal series advantage to two games to none.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Rattlers Take Bite Out Of Woeful Steel As Portland Stays Winless

At Phoenix, Arizona:

The Arizona Rattlers (5-0) made mincemeat of the visiting Portland Steel (0-4) 68-21 in Saturday Arena Football League action.

Rattlers quarterback Nick Davila completed 14 of 18 passes for 246 yards and seven touchdowns.

T2 Battle Arizona United To 1-1 Draw

At Peoria, Arizona:

Arizona United and visiting Portland Timbers 2 battled to a 1-1 Saturday United Soccer League draw.

Voctor Arboleda put the visitors ahead in the opening minute.  Sam Garza equalized for the hosts in the 80th

Next Saturday, the Portland Timbers' USL affiliate will host Real Monarchs (owned by and affiliated with Real Salt Lake) at 5:00 PM Pacific Time.

NBA Playoffs: Spurs Open Second Round By Stifling Thunder In West Semi Series Opener

At San Antonio, Texas:

In the lone Saturday NBA Playoff contest, which marked the opening of the tournament's second round, LaMarcus Aldridge scored 38 points while Kawhi Leonard added 25 as the San Antonio Spurs demolished the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder 124-92 in the opening contest of a Western Conference semifinal series. 

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Lightning, Penguins Level Respective Conference Semifinal Series At 1-1

The Stanley Cup Playoffs resumed on Saturday with the second game of each of the Eastern Conference's semifinal series.

At Tampa, Florida:

Tyler Johnson scored twice (once an empty netter) and assisted once as the Tampa Bay Lightning leveled their conference semifinal series with the New York Islanders at one game apiece following their 4-1 game-two home victory.

At Washington:

Eric Fehr scored the game-winning goal with 4:28 remaining in regulation as the Pittsburgh Penguins squared their conference semifinal series with the Washington Capitals at a game apiece thanks to their 2-1 game-two road triumph.

Friday, April 29, 2016

NBA Playoffs: Blazers Finish Off Clippers, Get Warriors Next; Pacers, Heat Force Game Sevens

Three games were contested on Friday as the NBA Playoffs' opening round continued.

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

At Indianapolis:

Paul George scored 21 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, and dished out six assists as the Indiana Pacers leveled their conference quarterfinal series with the Toronto Raptors at three games apiece after their 101-83 game-six home domination.

The series will conclude in Toronto on Sunday.  The Raptors are trying to win a playoff series for the first time since 2001.

At Charlotte, North Carolina:

Dwyane Wade scored 23 points (10 in the fourth quarter) while Luol Deng added 21 as the Miami Heat overcame a 37-point performance from Charlotte's Kemba Walker and knocked off the Hornets 97-90 on the road in game six of their conference quarterfinal series, which is now squared at three games apiece as the Hornets blew a chance to win a playoff series for the first time in the current organization's history (and a first for a Charlotte NBA franchise since the original Hornets did it in 2002).

The series finale is set for Sunday in Miami.



WESTERN CONFERENCE:

Damian Lillard scored 28 points while C.J. McCollum added 20 as the Portland Trail Blazers held off the visiting Los Angeles Clippers 106-103 in game six and won their conference quarterfinal series four games to two.

Jamal Crawford led the gritty injury-savaged Clippers with 32 points.

The Blazers will open their conference semifinal series with the defending champs Golden State Warriors in Oakland on Sunday.

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Stars, Sharks Take Series Openers

Both Western Conference semifinal series opened on Friday as the Stanley Cup Playoffs continued.

At Dallas:

Radek Faksa scored the game-winning goal with 4:44 remaining in regulation as the Dallas Stars took the opening game of their conference semifinal series 2-1 over the visiting St. Louis Blues.  Kari Lehtonen saved 31 of 32 shots for the Stars.

At San Jose, California:

Logan Couture scored twice (once on the power play) while Tomas Hertl (power play), Joel Ward, and Tommy Wingels (empty netter) each tallied once as the San Jose Sharks took game one of their conference semifinal series with the visiting Nashville Predators 5-2.

Bruce Boudreau

Great regular-season records but lousy game-seven playoff results.

Maybe that's why he's now unemployed.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Stanley Cup Playoffs: T.J.'s The Man As Caps Top Penguins In OT To Take Conference Semifinal Opener

At Washington:

In the lone Thursday Stanley Cup Playoff contest, T.J. Oshie delivered a hat trick, including the game winner 9:33 into overtime as the Washington Capitals defeated the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in the opening game of an Eastern Conference semifinal series.

NBA Playoffs: Hawks Finish Off Celtics In Beantown, Get Cavaliers Next

At Boston:

In the lone Thursday NBA Playoff contest, Paul Milsap scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the Atlanta Hawks, with six players scoring in double figures,  knocked off the Boston Celtics 104-92 on the road in game five and won their Eastern Conference quarterfinal-round series four games to two.

Isaiah Thomas paced the Celtics with 25 points.

It is the first time the Hawks have defeated the Celtics in a playoff series since 1958 when they defeated Boston in the 1958 Finals.

The Hawks were based in St. Louis at the time.

Atlanta will take on the Cleveland Cavaliers in an Eastern Conference semifinal series which opens on Monday in Cleveland.


Own Goal Cost Timbers Shot At Victory As Portland Settles For Road Deadlock With Revs

At Foxborough, Massachusetts:

Jermaine Taylor's own goal enabled the New England Revolution to salvage a Wednesday night 1-1 Major League Soccer home draw with the Portland Timbers.

Jack Barmby scored for the Timbers in the 64th minute.

Portland will host Toronto FC this coming Sunday at 12:30 PM Pacific Time on ESPN.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Stanley Cup Playoffs

The Stanley Cup Playoffs  continued on Wednesday as the opening round ended----and the second round commenced.

WESTERN CONFERENCE:

At Anaheim, California:

In the finale of the opening round of this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs, Colin Wilson and Paul Gaustad each scored a goal while Pekka Rinne saved 36 of 37 shots as the Nashville Predators knocked off the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 on the road in the seventh and deciding game of their conference quarterfinal series.

The Predators will open their conference semifinal series against the San Jose Sharks on the road this coming Friday.


EASTERN CONFERENCE:

At Tampa, Florida:

In the curtain-raiser for the playoffs' second round, Shane Prince scored twice while Travis Hamonic, John Tavares (power play), and Cal Clutterbuck (empty net) each scored once apiece as the New York Islanders downed the home-standing Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 in the opening contest of their conference semifinal series.

NBA Playoffs: Warriors Finish Off Rockets; Hornets, Blazers Take 3-2 Series Leads

Three games were played in the opening round of the NBA Playoffs on Wednesday.

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

At Miami:

Courtney Lee's three-point bucket with 25.2 seconds remaining lifted the Charlotte Hornets to a 90-88 game-five road victory over the Miami Heat.  Marvin Williams paced the Hornets with 17 points while grabbing eight rebounds.  Dwyane Wade topped the Heat with 25 points.

The Hornets, who currently lead three games to two, can close out this conference quarterfinal series at home on Friday night in Charlotte.



WESTERN CONFERENCE:

At Oakland, California:

Klay Thompson scored 27 points as the Golden State Warriors closed out the visiting Houston Rockets in five games following their 114-81 frontier-styled fistbeating of the guest in game five of their conference quarterfinal series.

James Harden led the Rockets with 35 points.

At Los Angeles:

C.J. McCollum scored 27 points while Damian Lillard added 22 as the Portland Trail Blazers, with six players scoring in double figures, defeated the depleted Los Angeles Clippers 108-98 on the road in game five of their conference quarterfinal series.

The Blazers, who now lead the series three games to two, can finish off the Clippers (and get a crack at Golden State in the second round) with a game-six victory at home in Portland on Friday night.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

NBA Playoffs: Raptors, Hawks Take 3-2 Series Leads

The NBA Playoffs' opening round is set to continue on Tuesday with two games, both of them game fives in the Eastern Conference.
  
At Toronto:

DeMar DeRozan scored 34 points as the Toronto Raptors, who trailed by as many as 17 points, stormed back and upended the visiting Indiana Pacers 102-99 in game five to take a three-games-to-two conference quarterfinal-series lead.  

Paul George paced the Pacers with 39 points (to go with his eight rebounds and eight assists).  Solomon Hill's three-point basket, which would have tied the game and sent it into overtime, was ruled after the buzzer.

The Raptors can close out the Pacers with a game-six victory on Friday in Indianapolis.

At Atlanta:

Mike Scott scored 17 points off the bench as the Atlanta Hawks dominated the visiting Boston Celtics 110-83 in game five of their conference quarterfinal series.

The Hawks, who now lead three games to two, can finish off the Celtics with a game-six road victory in Boston on Thursday night.

Monday, April 25, 2016

NBA Playoffs: Hornets, Blazers Square Respective Series At 2-2; Thunder Finish Off Mavs

Three games were contested on Monday as the opening round of the NBA Playoffs continued.

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

At Charlotte, North Carolina:

Kemba Walker scored 34 points while Jeremy Lin added 21 as the Charlotte Hornets squared their series with the Miami Heat at two games apiece following their 89-85 home victory in game four of their conference quarterfinal series.


WESTERN CONFERENCE:

At Oklahoma City:

Russell Westbrook scored 36 points and grabbed 12 rebounds while dishing out nine assists while Kevin Durant added 33 points of his own as the Oklahoma City Thunder finished off the Dallas Mavericks with their 118-104 game-five home victory as the Thunder closed out their guests four games to one in winning their conference quarterfinal series.

Dirk Nowitski paced the Mavericks with 24 points.

At Portland, Oregon:

Al-Farouq Aminu scored a career-high 30 points as Portland Trail Blazers leveled their conference quarterfinal series with the Los Angeles Clippers at two games apiece following their 98-84 game-four home victory.

The visitors lost the services of Chris Paul (perhaps for the rest of the playoffs) with a broken hand while Blake Griffin aggravated the quad injury that plagued him during the regular season.

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Blues Oust Blackhawks, Get Stars Next; Predators Force Game Seven With Ducks

Two games--both in the Western Conference---were contested on  Monday as the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs continued.

At Nashville:

Mattias Ekholm, James Neal, and Shea Weber each scored a goal while Pekka Rinne saved 26 of 27 shots as the Nashville Predators forced the first game seven in the history of that franchise following their 3-1 road win over the Anaheim Ducks in game six of their conference quarterfinal series.

The series, deadlocked at three games apiece, will be decided on Wednesday night at Anaheim.

At St. Louis:

Jorl Lehtera, Colton Parayko, and Troy Brouwer each scored once while Brian Elliot stopped 31 of 33 shots as the St. Louis Blues ended the Chicago Blackhawks' reign as Stanley Cup champions with their 3-2 home victory that enabled them to win their conference quarterfinal series four games to three.

The Blues will next take on the Dallas Stars in a Western Conference semifinal series.