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THUNDER STUNS LAKERS WITH LATE RALLY
From Elias: The Thunder trailed the Lakers, 75-68, with two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, but rallied to beat the Lakers, 77-75. Prior to Oklahoma City, the last two NBA teams to win a playoff game by rallying from a deficit of seven or more points within the final 2:00 of the fourth quarter were the Heat in Game Five of the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals versus the Bulls, and the Spurs in Game Two of the 1999 Western Conference Finals against the Trail Blazers.
BIG GAME FOR BIG THREE
From Elias: Kevin Garnett (27 points and 13 rebounds), Paul Pierce (24 points and 12 rebounds) and Rajon Rondo (23 points and 14 assists) led the way in the Celtics' 107-91 win over the 76ers in Philadelphia.
They were the first Boston threesome to each record a 20/10 performance in the same playoff game since Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Danny Ainge pulled off that hat trick in Game Six of the 1988 Eastern Conference Semifinals, a 102-100 victory over the Hawks at the Omni.
Doc Rivers might remember that game; he scored 32 points for Atlanta, one of only two 30-point playoff games he had in his NBA career.
CLARKSON SCORES ANOTHER GAME-WINNING GOAL
From Elias: David Clarkson has scored three goals in the 2012 playoffs and they've all been game-winners. Clarkson scored the deciding goal in Games Two and Five of the Devils' second-round series against the Flyers and he did so again in New Jersey's 3-2 victory over the Rangers in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Final. He's the first NHL player whose first three goals in a playoff year were all game-winning goals since Peter Forsberg had the same good fortune with Colorado in 2000.
MORE LATE-INNING HEROICS FROM JONES
From Elias: Adam Jones's home run in the 15th inning gave the Orioles a 4-3 win over the Royals, just 10 days after he hit a three-run homer in the 17th inning to beat the Red Sox. Jones is the first player since Mark McGwire in 1988 to hit two game-winning homers in the 15th inning or later in the same season.
MOYER IS OLDEST IN MLB HISTORY WITH AN RBI
From Elias: Jamie Moyer's two-run single in the fourth inning highlighted the Rockies' 6-1 win over the Diamondbacks. Moyer, at age 49, became the oldest player in major-league history to record an RBI.
BELTRE BELTS ATHLETICS
From Elias: Adrian Beltre, in his first game against the Athletics this season, belted a home run to help lead the Rangers to a 4-1 win. Beltre hit eight homers versus Oakland last season, the most for any major-league player since 2005, when Mark Teixeira went deep eight times off A's pitching.
PADRES OVERCOME 2-0 DEFICIT
From Elias: The Padres spotted the Dodgers a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but shut down Los Angeles the rest of the way in a 4-2 victory. San Diego entered the day as the only team in the major leagues that had not won a game this season after it trailed by two or more runs.
NO WALKS IN GIANTS-CARDS GAME
From Elias: There were no walks issued by either pitching staff in the Cardinals' 4-1 win over the Giants. It was only the second game played between those two teams in the last 75 years in which there no walks. The other was played on July 31, 1957, a 5-1 victory for the Cardinals in St. Louis.
WELLS GOES DEEP WITH MAN IN SCORING POSITION
From Elias: Vernon Wells's two-run homer, hit with teammate Mark Trumbo on third base, climaxed the scoring in the Angels' 7-2 win over the White Sox. Wells entered the game 3-for-32 (.094) with runners in scoring position this season, which was the lowest such average among all players with at least 30 at-bats in that situation this year.
INDIANS TEE OFF ON THE KING
From Elias: The Indians scored four runs off Felix Hernandez in the first inning and four more in the fourth inning, en route to a 9-3 win over the Mariners. Hernandez allowed four or more runs in multiple innings in only one other game of his major-league career, in an 8-0 loss to the Angels in 2010, the year he won the A.L. Cy Young award.
YANKEES THROW FOUR GOPHER BALLS IN TORONTO
From Elias: The Yankees allowed four home runs and hit none themselves in an 8-1 loss to the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. There was only one other road game in the last four seasons in which the Yankees were out-homered 4-0 or worse. That came in a 10-4 loss to the Diamondbacks at Chase Field in 2010, during which Arizona hit three homers off A.J. Burnett and another against Chan Ho Park.
PITCHING KEYS ANOTHER HOME WIN FOR RAYS
From Elias: The Rays' 2-1 victory over the Red Sox improved their home record to 14-3, best in the majors, and lowered their home ERA to 2.55, best in the American League.
Jeremy Hellickson, the winning pitcher on Wednesday night, is now 3-0 with a 1.44 ERA in five home starts this season. He was supported by an inning of scoreless relief from each of three relief pitchers--Jake McGee, Joel Peralta and Fernando Rodney. Rays relievers have an ERA of 1.71 and have held opponents to a .176 batting average in St. Petersburg this season.
From Elias: Mike Minor gave up six runs in the Braves' loss to the Marlins. He became the first major-league pitcher since the Tigers' Kenny Rogers in 2008 to allow at least six earned runs in each of four consecutive starts.
SLOPPY LOSS FOR TIGERS
From Elias: The Tigers committed four errors -- one each by Prince Fielder, Ryan Raburn, Ramon Santiago and Miguel Cabrera -- in their loss to the Twins. It was only the third time in the last 75 seasons that each of Detroit's four starting infielders was charged with an error in the same game.
DOWNTOWN GOES FRAZIER
From Elias: Todd Frazier's first two-homer game in the major leagues powered the Reds to a 6-3 win over the Mets at Citi Field, one night after Travis Ishikawa notched his first two-home run game in the big leagues in leading the Brewers to a road victory against the Mets. Ishikawa and Frazier were the first two visiting players to hit two homers in a game at Citi Field this season. The only opposing player to go deep twice in Flushing last year was the Marlins' Omar Infante on August 2.