Morning Monologue: LeBron Is Down, Kobe Is Mask-Less, Brittney Griner Is Awesome

Our daily stroll through last night’s games. On tap today: the NBA, NHL, and NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. posted on

NBA

2. Miami Heat 99 — Phoenix Suns 95

Robert Sullivan / Reuters

In the fourth quarter LeBron collided with Grant Hill and hit the ground hard. He was fine, but both Miami Heat fans watching on TV were so nervous.

3. Indiana Pacers 102 — Los Angeles Clippers 89

Vinny Del Negro is the Keyser Soze of NBA coaches. This has to all be an act to destroy Donald Sterling. It’s only a matter of time until Vinny walks out of Staples Center, slicks his hair back, and suddenly knows how to manage substitutions.

4. Houston Rockets 107 — Los Angeles Lakers 104

Pat Sullivan / AP

“And you, Kobe’s Mask. I think I’ll miss you most of all.” Be right back. Going to listen to some Sarah McLachlan.

5. Milwaukee Bucks 116 — Portland Trail Blazers 87

This was the only moment that mattered in a pretty terrible game. How can you not love this guy?

6. New York Knicks 106 — Toronto Raptors 87

Ray Stubbleline / Reuters

The Knicks have now won each of their first four games under Mike Woodson by at least 14 points thanks to a new strategy they’re calling “defense.”

Other Scores
Utah 97 — Oklahoma City 90
Sacramento 119 — Memphis 110

Women’s NCAA Tournament

9. Baylor Bears 76 — Florida Gators 57

Brittney Griner became the second woman in history to dunk in the women’s NCAA Basketball Tournament. She’s the Buzz Aldrin of lady dunkers. And if we know anything, it’s that Buzz Aldrin is fucking awesome. Congrats Brittney.

Other Scores
Duke 96 — Vanderbilt 80
Notre Dame 73 — Cal 62
Penn State 90 — LSU 80
St. Bonaventure 66 — Marist 63
Georgia Tech 76 — Georgetown 64
St. John’s 74 — Oklahoma 70
Kansas 70 — Delaware 64

NHL

12. Dallas Stars 4 — Phoenix Coyotes 3

Dallas won in a shootout, and in getting that point, moved into first place. They owe it all to Kari Lehtonen, who unleashed this insane save in overtime.

Other Scores
Florida 2 — Philadelphia 1
Pittsburgh 8 — Winnipeg 4
Chicago 5 — Columbus 1
New Jersey 1 — Ottawa 0
New York Islanders 5 — Toronto 2
Edmonton 6 — Nashville 3
Colorado 2 — Calgary 1
Los Angeles 5 — San Jose 2

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