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Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Stayin' alive?

By Sarah Spain

It's win-or-go-home for the Thunder tonight in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals. One more loss to the Mavs and will close the books on Oklahoma City's season. Same goes for the Lightning, as they try to stay alive and keep the Bruins from a date with the Canucks in the Stanley Cup finals. There are two elimination games and plenty of action on the diamond in today's Games We're Watching.

NBA: The Mavs can punch their ticket to the NBA Finals with a win over the Thunder tonight in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals. Dirk Nowitzki scored 40 points to lead his team to a thrilling come-from-behind overtime victory Monday; tonight he'll look to finish the job on his home court. If they want to keep their season alive, the young stars of Oklahoma City will need to play beyond their years against the Mavs' wily veterans (9 p.m., ESPN).

NHL: Trailing the Bruins 3-2 in the Eastern Conference finals, the Lightning look to even things tonight on their home ice. Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher will put his faith back in Dwayne Roloson despite yanking the veteran netminder in Games 2 and 4 and starting his backup, Mike Smith, in Game 5. A Lightning loss tonight would send the Bruins to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in 21 years (8 p.m., Versus).

MLB: Blue Jays starter Jo-Jo Reyes will look to snap his streak of 27-winless starts when he takes the mound against Freddy Garcia and the Yankees tonight. A 28th-straight start without that "W" would tie a major league record (1:05 p.m.). ... The White Sox have won seven of their last 10 games on the road; they'll look to stay hot away from home today when they face the Rangers in the finale of a three-game set (2:05 p.m.). ... Roy Halladay pitched a no-hitter against the Reds in the playoffs last season; he'll look to repeat that success tonight in his first start against Cincy this year (7:05 p.m.). ... Athletics starter Trevor Cahill has won each of his last three starts against the Angels, allowing just one earned run in 21 innings of work. Cahill, who's 6-1 overall on the year, will look to win a fourth straight over the Halos tonight (10:05 p.m.).