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Friday, May 20, 2011
Thunder storm

By Whitney Holtzman

NBA: In a league jam-packed with superstars who tend to steal the show, something rare -- and refreshing -- took place Thursday night: a team effort. The Oklahoma City Thunder's reserves contributed a whopping 50 points as the Thunder beat the Dallas Mavericks 106-100 to tie the Western Conference finals at one game apiece. James Harden scored 23 points off the bench, just one shy of Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant's total. After a showstopping performance in Game 1, Dirk Nowitzki was limited to 29 points for the Mavericks. The series now heads about 200 miles up I-35 to Oklahoma City for the next two games.

NHL: Boston goalie Tim Thomas was in the zone Thursday, refusing to allow a single goal in the Bruins' 2-0 shutout of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Boston now leads the Eastern Conference finals 2-1. Thomas made 31 saves for his first playoff shutout of the season against a team that isn't used to getting blanked. Tampa Bay hadn't been held scoreless since falling 3-0 to the Pittsburgh Penguins in its first playoff game on April 13.

MLB: The Philadelphia Phillies didn't have to play much defense when Jason Giambi came to bat Thursday night. Nearly every time he stepped to the plate, Giambi blasted the ball over the right-field fence. He hit a home run in each of his first three at-bats and was responsible for all of Colorado's runs in the Rockies' 7-1 victory. At age 40, he became the second-oldest player to hit three home runs in one game. Stan Musial is the oldest player to go yard three times in a game, doing so against the New York Mets on July 8, 1962, at the age of 41.