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Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Thunder fans left feeling blue

By Whitney Holtzman

NBA: The Thunder's home arena was packed with fans decked out in matching blue Oklahoma City T-shirts Monday night -- a color that appropriately reflected their mood by night's end. Oklahoma City had a 15-point lead with about five minutes remaining in regulation, but Dallas stormed back to tie the game, forcing overtime. In the extra period, the Mavericks took over and beat the Thunder 112-105 to take a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference finals. Dirk Nowitzki dropped 40 points in the game, and Oklahoma City suffered consecutive losses for the first time this postseason.

The wallet of Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah is a little lighter after the NBA fined him $50,000 for directing an anti-gay slur toward a fan in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. The league said the fine was "for using a derogatory and offensive term from the bench." Last month, Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant had to shell out $100,000 for yelling the same slur at a referee. The NBA said Bryant was fined more because he directed his slur toward an official.

NHL: One more win in either of their next two games and the Boston Bruins will be headed to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since 1990. They beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 Monday night to take a 3-2 advantage in the Eastern Conference finals. The Bruins will get their first chance to clinch Wednesday night in Tampa.