While you watched Sergio Garcia win the 2017 Masters in a playoff, you missed some remarkable things in the world of sports.
Russell Westbrook’s record-breaking triple-double
The first, Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook tied Oscar Robertson’s triple-double season record with his 42nd in a 106-105 win against the Denver Nuggets. Westbrook even hit the game winner and scored 50.
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A year ago, it would have been unthinkable that anyone could come close to breaking this record. Now, Russell Westbrook is doing things most of us have ever seen. It’s incredibly remarkable and really helps with his MVP hopes.
Cavs blow 26 point lead in fourth quarter against Hawks
Next, the Cleveland Cavaliers completely shut off in the fourth quarter. It got so bad that LeBron James made some mind-blowingly bad mistakes toward the end in addition to getting fouled out. Blowing a 26 point lead in the fourth quarter, the Atlanta Hawks took the Cavs to overtime and wound up winning 126-125.
The loss puts the Cavs in a tie with the Boston Celtics for the first seed in the East with one game to go. Some said the Cavs may be tanking so they won’t need to face the Washington Wizards but that seems like a far-fetched hot take. If the Cavs really wanted to tank out of the top seed, they would’ve lost to the Celtics this past Thursday. I think they would want to be the top seed so they can keep home court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference Playoffs.
Mariners blow six run lead to Angels in bottom of 9th
Last, but not least, the Seattle Mariners were leading the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 9-3 entering the bottom of the 9th inning. The legend Albert Pujols took control for the Angels, starting things off with a solo home run. After going through the batting order, Pujols hit a single that scored two and tied things 9-9. Right after, Cliff Pennington hit a walkoff single and the Angels escaped with the 10-9 win.
All this, plus Sergio Garcia breaking his duck and winning his first major in 74 starts, is what happened tonight and the night is still young. What a great night in sports.