San Antonio and Miami win on the road in the NBA playoffs, Phoenix avoids elimination in hockey and Bodemeister will skip the Belmont.
Game 4: Spurs 102, Clippers 99
(SA win series 4-0)
The San Antonio Spurs mowed down another opponent, using their guile under pressure to come from behind in the fourth quarter to close out another perfect playoff series.
Tim Duncan scored 21 points, Tony Parker added 17 as the Spurs beat the Los Angeles Clippers to win their second-round matchup and advance to the Western Conference finals.
The Spurs extended their winning streak to 18 games and their playoff record to 8-0, tying the third-best postseason streak in franchise history. The Clippers did manage to cover as 7½ point underdogs, but their improved season is over.
Game 4: Heat 101, Pacers 93
(series tied 2-2)
Earlier in the day at Indianapolis, LeBron James scored 40 points, superstar sidekick Dwyane Wade had 22 in the second half as the Heat evened the series at 2-2 with a 101-93 win over the Pacers.
James had a monster game with 19 rebounds and nine assists to go with his 40. Udonis Haslem was huge in the final quarter for Miami, scoring 8 of his 14 points to help make up for the loss of injured Chris Bosh. The Heat will host Game 5 on Tuesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Wade rebounded from the worst playoff game of his career, shaking off a 1 of 8 shooting start to finish with 30 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Danny Granger scored 20 for the Pacers, who were 1½ point home underdogs.
Game 4: Coyotes 2, Kings 0
(Kings lead series, 3-1)
The Kings blew an opportunity to end their Western Conference final series with Phoenix as Shane Doan scored both goals. The Coyotes are still facing elimination, but host Game 5 Tuesday and potentially a Game 7.
Phoenix goalie Mike Smith posted his third shutout of the playoffs. The Kings, a huge -230 home favorite, have actually been better on the road. Los Angeles is 6-0 away from Staples Center in the playoffs.
In the Eastern Conference finals, the New York Rangers are at New Jersey tonight for Game 4. The host Devils trail 2-1 in the best of 7.
I’ll Have Another arrived at Belmont Park as he tries to become the first Triple Crown champion in 34 years. But his rival Bodemeister, second in both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, won’t make the trip to New York.
Among the 3-year-olds trying to play spoiler in the June 9 Belmont are Dullahan and Union Rags, the third- and seventh-place finishers in the Derby who both skipped the Preakness.
Other Belmont probables are Rousing Sermon, eighth in the Derby; Optimizer, 11th in the Derby and sixth in the Preakness; Peter Pan winner Mark Valeski; and Paynter, trained by Bob Baffert. Also entered: Antigun, Five Sixteen, Guyana Star Dweej, Street Life and Unstoppable U.