Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Rays take on the Royals, the Phillies play host to the Mets, and the NBA finally concludes the first round of its playoffs.
Tipping off on the hardwood . . .
The NBA has two games on tap for Sunday, including Milwaukee at Atlanta in the seventh and deciding game of that first-round series. The Hawks forced this matchup with an 83-69 road win in Game 6 on Friday night. Jamal Crawford scored a team-high 24 points off the bench for Atlanta in that contest, while Joe Johnson picked up 22 points and six assists. Al Horford chipped in with 15 points and 15 rebounds. Carlos Delfino was the lone bright spot on offense for the Bucks in Friday's loss, as he poured in a team-high 20 points. Brandon Jennings was held to 12 points in the Game 6 defeat. Sunday's tip-off is set for 1:00pm ET.
As well, the league will kick off the second round of the Western Conference playoffs on Sunday with Utah at the Lakers later in the afternoon. Los Angeles finally dispatched Oklahoma City on Friday night, squeezing out a 95-94 road win in Game 6 of that first-round series. Pau Gasol tipped in the winning bucket in the dying seconds for the Lakers in that contest, while Kobe Bryant led the way on offense with a team-high 32 points. The Jazz grabbed a 112-104 home win over the Nuggets on Friday night to take that first-round series 4-2. Wesley Matthews tossed in 23 points for the Jazz in that matchup, while Carlos Boozer picked up 22 points and 20 rebounds. Paul Millsap was good for 21 points off of the bench.
Meeting up on the diamond . . .
American League action on Sunday has Minnesota at Cleveland, the Angels at Detroit, the White Sox at the Yankees, Oakland at Toronto, Boston at Baltimore, Texas at Seattle, and Kansas City at Tampa Bay. Zack Greinke (0-2, 2.56 ERA) is set to take on Wade Davis (2-1, 3.68 ERA) in that Royals/Rays matchup. Righthander Greinke had to settle for a no-decision in his last start against the Mariners despite tossing seven scoreless innings while fanning five batters. Righthander Davis grabbed a win over the Athletics in his most recent outing, giving up four earned runs on seven hits over five innings while striking out four.
Over in the National League on Sunday it'll be Washington at Florida, Houston at Atlanta, Cincinnati at St. Louis, Arizona at the Cubs, Milwaukee at San Diego, Colorado at San Francisco, Pittsburgh at the Dodgers, and the Mets at Philadelphia. New York will go with Johan Santana (3-1, 2.08 ERA) in their Sunday matchup; lefthander Santana picked up a win over the Dodgers in his last start, tossing six scoreless innings while surrendering just four hits. The Phillies will counter with Jamie Moyer (2-2, 5.25 ERA); lefthander Moyer is coming off a loss to the Giants in which he allowed four runs over his six innings.
Taking a trip around the rink . . .
Finally, there are two NHL playoff games on Sunday, with Montreal at Pittsburgh and Detroit at San Jose. The Penguins doubled up on the Canadiens 6-3 in the opening game of their second-round series on Friday night. Sidney Crosby recorded a pair of assists for the Pens in that win, while Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves. Habs netminder Jaroslav Halak was pulled after giving up five goals on 20 shots. The Sharks took a 1-0 lead in their series with the Wings with a 4-3 win in Game 1 on Thursday. Joe Pavelski scored twice for San Jose in that contest, and Dan Boyle had three assists. Pavel Datsyuk picked up two assists for Detroit.
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