Sports Headlines - April 25

Thunder rally from 17 down, lose by 3 in OT

What started as a run-away game last night in Memphis quickly turned into a nail-biter in the final minutes of the 4th quarter as the Thunder ate away a 17 point deficit to tie the game with only seconds left.

A missed putback from Russell Westbrook sent the game into overtime where Oklahoma City hung in against the home crowd, but ultimately fell 98-95 to the Grizzlies.

This is the second-straight game in the series to go into overtime and the Grizzlies now lead the series 2-1 with two more games still to go in Memphis.

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook each scored 30 for the Thu
nder, who even got another four-point play in the final minute to force overtime, but this time, it was Westbrook’s turn with 26.6 seconds left on the clock.

But the woes were still apparent. Durant missed every 3-oint attempt and was 10 or 27 on the night.

Westbrook went 9 of 26, though he bragged 13 rebounds. The team only went 3 of 12 in overtime.

Serge Ibaka added 12 points on the night and went 5 of 28 from beyond the arc.

For the Thunder to get back in the series, they need to step up their defensive game and secure their scoring, particularly from the bench, which only tacked on 9 points last night.

Game 4 will be Saturday night in Memphis.

Stars back in action tonight in Anaheim, look to take series lead

The Dallas Stars and Anaheim Ducks will be back in action tonight in Anaheim for game 5 of the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs. And with two-thirds of the Anaheim top line injured, Dallas thinks they have a real shot at taking the lead in the series.

The top-seeded Ducks are now generating enough drama to occupy an entire spring, and a series that appeared to be in Anaheim’s control last weekend is all even.

The Stars ran the Ducks out of Texas with two losses thanks to their speed and aggression. Dallas has outscored the high-powered Ducks in the series and Anaheim is in desperate need of a morale-boosting victory.

Captain Ryan Getzlaf of the Ducks is out due to injury after the second-leading scorer in the league missed game 4 with an upper-body injury. He was hopeful to return tonight, but didn’t sound confident after the Ducks’ team meeting on Thursday.

That game will be at 9:30 tonight.

Jay Fox