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Paul hits game winner to put Clippers up 2-0
From Elias: Chris Paul hit the game winning basket with less than a second remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Clippers a 93-91 win over the Grizzlies in Game 2 of their first-round series on Monday night. Paul was only 3-for-19 (15.8 percent) on potential go-ahead field-goal attempts with less than two seconds remaining in the fourth quarter or overtime in his career prior to that shot (all attempts came in the regular season).
Bulls win despite getting only 15 points from leading scorer
From Elias: Luol Deng led the Bulls with 15 points in the team's Game 2 victory over the Nets on Monday night. It marked the 173rd postseason win in the Bulls' franchise history, but it was the first playoff win for the team in a game in which none of its players scored more than 15 points.
Win number 100 for King Felix
From Elias: Felix Hernandez hurled six scoreless innings to lead Seattle to a 7-1 victory over Houston on Monday night. Hernandez earned his 100th career win with the victory. Among pitchers who began their career since divisional play began in 1969, only five reached 100 wins at a younger age than Hernandez (27 years, 14 days old): Dwight Gooden (24 years, 215 days), Bert Blyleven (25 years, 76 days), Fernando Valenzuela (26 years, 162 days), Don Gullett (26 years, 199 days) and Vida Blue (26 years, 361 days).
Another rough first inning at the Trop for Sabathia
From Elias: The Rays jumped on CC Sabathia for four runs in the first inning en route to a 5-1 victory over the Yankees in Tampa on Monday night. It is only the third time in his 134 starts with the Yankees that Sabathia has allowed as many as four runs in the first inning, and all three instances came against Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field.
Five more RBIs for Napoli
From Elias: Mike Napoli drove in five runs to lead the Red Sox to a 9-6 win over the A's on Monday night. Napoli now has 25 RBIs in Boston's 19 games this season. Over the last 70 seasons, only one Red Sox has reached 25 RBIs before Boston's 20th game: Mo Vaughn (18th game in 1995).
Pettibone is under control in his major-league debut
From Elias: Jonathan Pettibone, making his major-league debut, allowed only two runs and struck out six without issuing a walk to help lead the Phillies to a 3-2 win over the Pirates on Monday night. Only two other Phillies pitchers have registered at least six strikeouts without allowing a walk in their major-league debut: Charles Hudson on May 31, 1983 (8 SO against the Dodgers) and Carlton Loewer on June 14, 1998 (8 SO against the Cubs).
Markakis knocks in the winner
From Elias: Nick Markakis drove in the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to lead the Orioles to a 2-1 win over the Blue Jays on Monday night. It is the seventh time Markakis has had a game-ending RBI since the start of the 2007 season, which is tied with Brandon Inge and Johnny Damon for the second highest total in the American League over that span, behind Kurt Suzuki (8).
Cabrera finally comes through in the clutch
From Elias: Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-out two-run single in the top of the eighth inning to give the Indians the lead for good in their 3-2 win over the White Sox on Monday night. Cabrera entered the game 0-for-8 with two outs and runners in scoring position this season, which was tied with Alcides Escobar for the second biggest 0-for in the American League in that situation behind Dustin Ackley's 0-for-9.
Izturis shakes off his extra inning slump
From Elias: Cesar Izturis singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 13th inning to give the Reds a 5-4 victory over the Cubs on Monday night. Izturis was hitting only .181 (15-for-83) in extra innings in his career entering the game, which was the lowest such average for any active player with at least 75 at bats in extra frames.
Belt wins it for the Giants in the ninth
From Elias: Brandon Belt drove in Andres Torres with a single in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Giants a win over the Diamondbacks on Monday night. It is the second time that Belt put the Giants ahead with a hit in the ninth inning this season (he also did it on April 12). Prior to 2013, Belt did not have a go ahead RBI in the eighth inning or later in any of his 208 games.
Pavelec extends winning streak against Buffalo
From Elias: Ondrej Pavelec boosted Winnipeg's drive to earn a playoff spot by making 24 saves as he led the Jets to a 2-1 win over the Sabres in Buffalo. Pavelec allowed 15 goals while going winless in his first four career games versus the Sabres (0-2-2), but he's won all six games he's played against the Sabres since then while limiting them to exactly one goal in each game.
Zetterberg lends a hand on the power play
From Elias: Henrik Zetterberg assisted on all three of the Red Wings' power play goals in their 4-0 win against the Coyotes. It was Zetterberg's 15th career game with three or more assists but his first with three power play assists. Zetterberg is the third player to register three power play assists in an NHL game this season. The others are the Flyers' Jakub Voracek (Feb. 23 vs. Winnipeg) and the Ducks' Francois Beauchemin (Feb. 24 vs. Colorado).
Vokoun registers 300th win
From Elias: Tomas Vokoun became the 28th goaltender in NHL history to reach the 300-win plateau with his 3-1 victory in Ottawa on Monday night. Vokoun's regular-season win total puts him in a very exclusive club, but he's won only three playoff games in his 15 seasons in the NHL. His NHL playoff experience consists of a mere 11 games, all with Nashville: 2-4 in six games in 2004 and 1-4 in five games in 2007. Of the 27 other goaltenders with 300 or more regular-season victories, only Sean Burke (12) has fewer than 20 playoff wins.