Thunder and Celtics win...Devils stop Rangers...NBA and NHL preview...Surgery for Berkman
UNDATED (AP) — Oklahoma City has advanced to the NBA's Western Conference final against San Antonio. The Thunder reached the conference finale by eliminating the Lakers last night, 106-90, in Game 5 of that series. Russell Westbrook finished with 25 points for the Thunder, while Kevin Durant had 25. In Boston last night the Celtics beat the 76ers 101-85. The Celtics lead that Eastern Conference semifinal 3-2.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey-New York NHL Eastern Conference final is tied at 2-2. Playing on their home-ice, the Devils beat the Rangers last night 4-1. Zach Parise (pah-REE'-see) scored twice for Jersey, which will play the Rangers in Game 5 in New York Wednesday night.
MIAMI (AP) — Game 5 of the Miami-Indiana NBA playoff series is tonight on the Heats home court. Behind 40 points from LeBron James and 30 from Dwyane (dwayn) Wade in Game 4, the Heat tied the best of seven series 2-2. The sixth game will be Thursday night in Indianapolis.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings can clinch a spot in the Stanley Cup finals with a win tonight over Phoenix. The Coyotes kept their playoff hopes alive with a 2-0 win in Game 4, but now face the daunting task of having to win three-straight from the red-hot Kings.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — First baseman Lance Berkman of the St. Louis Cardinals will be out of action for at least six weeks after he undergoes arthroscopic surgery on his right knee this week. Berkman was injured Saturday while making a routine play against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Berkman's loss is a big one for the Cardinals as he is batting .333 with one homer and four RBIs in 13 games.