Date: April 25, 2015

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By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Defensive Player of the Year shows offensive skills

Kawhi Leonard, who was recognized as the 2014-15 NBA Defensive Player of the Year before the game, scored 32 points in the Spurs' Game 3 win over the Clippers. Leonard is the first Defensive Player of the Year to score 30 or more points in a playoff game in the season in which he won the award since Orlando's Dwight Howard scored 33 points in Game 2 in the first round against Atlanta in 2011.

Rockets and Mavs light up the scoreboard

The Rockets beat the Mavericks, 130-128, in Game 3 of their first-round series. It's the first non-overtime NBA playoff game in which both teams scored at least 128 points since the Suns beat the Warriors, 140-133, in Game 3of the first round in 1994. Charles Barkley scored a career-high 56 points in this game by shooting 23-for-31 from the field.

Houston Rockets

Nowtizki and Ellis are not enough

Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis both scored 34 points in the Mavericks' loss to the Rockets in Game 3. It's the 38th time in NBA playoff history that two players from the same team each scored at least 34 points in the same playoff game but only the seventh team to lose a postseason game with two such players.

Dallas Mavericks


Wall making his mark

John Wall has scored 55 points and handed out 40 assists in the series as the Wizards have taken a three-games-to-none lead over the Raptors. Wall is the first player in Wizards franchise history to have that many points and assists over the first three games of a playoff series.



Teix sends a message to the Mets

Mark Teixeira hit two two-run homers as the Yankees snapped the Mets 11-game winning streak. Teixeira has 12 hits this season, 11 of them went for extra bases (seven homers, four doubles). Teixeira is only the second player since 1900 that had at least 11 extra base hits among his first 12 hits of the season. Adam Dunn did this for the Reds in 2005 (six doubles, one triple, four homers).

New York, New York, both in first place

The Yankees and Mets entered the Subway Series with both teams in first place. It was the first time that two MLB teams from New York City played a regular-season game against each other with both teams in first place since the "Bobby Thomson game" between the Giants and Dodgers at the Polo Grounds on October 3, 1951. That was the third game of a best-of-three first-place tiebreaker, and is considered a regular-season game.

New York Yankees, New York Mets


Cards have been stingy

Carlos Martinez threw seven scoreless innings in the Cardinals' 3-0 win over the Brewers. The Cardinals have allowed only 32 runs in 15 games this season. It's the fewest runs allowed by the Cardinals in their first 15 games of a season in franchise history. The previous low was 39 in 1963. The Cardinals starting rotation in 1963 consisted of Ernie Broglio, Ray Washburn, Curt Simmons, Ray Sadecki and Bob Gibson.


Keuchel throwing blanks

Dallas Keuchel earned a no decision despite throwing nine shutout innings for the Astros on Friday night. Keuchel lowered his season ERA to 0.62 in four starts. Only one Astros pitcher had a lower ERA through his first four starts of a season than Keuchel has this season: Roger Clemens in 2005 (0.32).

As it turned out, the Astros and Athletics produced a score-by-innings sequence never before seen in major-league history: scoreless through nine innings, each team scoring twice in the tenth, and Houston winning by producing three runs, to Oakland's two, in the eleventh. The Athletics became the first big-league team ever to lose a game in which they scored multiple runs in multiple extra innings after having been blanked through nine.


Moss makes early impression with new team

Brandon Moss, playing in just his 13th game with the Indians, hit two homers and drove in seven runs in the Tribe's win over the Tigers. The only other Indians player to have a game with at least two homers and seven RBIs within his first 20 games with the team was Ben Chapman, who hit two homers and knocked in seven runs on May 14, 1939, his 17th game with the team.


Hernandez records his tenth shutout

Felix Hernandez threw his tenth career shutout in his 307th start. Only three active pitchers reached their tenth shutout in fewer starts than Hernandez: Cliff Lee (10th shutout in his 241st start), CC Sabathia (248) and Tim Hudson (279).


Prado clutch hit leads the Marlins to a win

Martin Prado's run-scoring single in the eighth inning was the game-winning hit in the Marlins' win over the Nationals. Prado has had a hit in each of his last four at-bats with runners in scoring position matching the longest such streak of his major league career, which he did four times previously.


Cubs win in extra

David Ross had a big two-run double in the Cubs' four-run 11th inning in their win in Cincinnati. It's the first time the Cubs scored that many runs in an extra inning since September 11, 2011 when they scored six runs in the eleventh inning of a win against the Mets in New York.


Big Papi likes to visit the Inner Harbor

David Ortiz hit a three-run home run in the Red Sox win over the Orioles in Camden Yards. Ortiz has hit 23 homers at Camden Yards passing Johnny Damon (22) for the second-most for any visiting player, behind Alex Rodriguez (32). Ortiz has hit four homers and drove in eight runs over his last three games in Baltimore.


Four times 2-1 equals Rangers series win

The Rangers wrapped up their first-round series against the Penguins with an overtime victory in Game 5, and the final score was the same as in each of the Blueshirts' first three wins in the series: 2-1. It's only the third time that an NHL team won a best-of-seven playoff series with each of its wins coming by the same score. The previous two instances were both four-game sweeps: Chicago over Detroit in 1970 (all 4-2) and Montreal over Buffalo in 1993 (all 4-3, with the last three wins in overtime).

New York Rangers


Anderson keeps Senators alive

The Senators avoided elimination for the second consecutive game in their series against the Canadiens with a 5-1 victory in Game 5 at Montreal in which Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson stopped 45 of the 46 shots on goal against him. In the last 30 years only three other NHL goaltenders made 45 or more saves in a non-overtime win that enabled their team to avert elimination in a playoff series: Winnipeg's Nikolai Khabibulin in 1996 (Game 5 at Detroit, 51 saves), Montreal's Jaroslav Halak in 2010 (Game 6 vs. Washington, 53 saves) and Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick in 2011 (Game 5 at San Jose, 51 saves).

No suspense in the Wild-Blues series

The Minnesota Wild took a three-games-to-two lead in its series against the Blues with a 4-1 win in St. Louis on Friday. The first game of the series was a two-goal victory for the Wild, and the last four games were all decided by three-goal margins. This is the only one of the eight first-round NHL playoff series this year without a one-goal game, and none of the seven other series have had more than two games decided by a three-goal or bigger spread.

Minnesota Wild