Düsseldorf While most Europeans are asleep, the professional leagues in North America are bustling. What happened that night in American football, basketball, and ice hockey.
Ice Hockey: Draisaitls Oilers shortly before entering the semi-finals
The Edmonton Oilers team with German ice hockey star Leon Drysitl in the National Hockey League playoffs is about to enter the Western Conference Finals. The Oilers beat the Calgary Flames 5-3 (3-0, 0-2, 2-1) on Tuesday night (local time) and are now 3-1 in their best of seven series.
Both Ryan Nugent Hopkins and Evander Kane scored two goals for the Oilers and scored the decisive goals in the recent period. Draisaitl created two goals in the first half and has already contributed 21 goals in the play-offs this year. Only his teammate Conor McDavid has more. On the other hand, Kane is the top scorer in the playoffs with 12 goals.
On the night from Thursday to Friday, the Calgary Oilers can now make their first playoff semi-final with perfection since 2006.
Meanwhile, the New York Rangers tied the quarter-final series against the Carolina Hurricanes. Rangers won 4-1 on Tuesday thanks in part to goalkeeper Igor Shesterkin’s 30 saves. Andrew Cobb scored a goal and made two. Both teams won their home matches.
Basketball: The Dallas Mavericks Banned From The NBA Playoffs
The Dallas Mavericks banned the NBA playoffs. In the Western Conference Finals Series, the Mavericks defeated the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night (local time) 119-109 (62-47). And so the Texas cut their best streak out of seven to 1:3.
Star star Luka Doncic, voted by the NBA as the best team of the season, missed an alleged triple-double with 30 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists with just one pass. The Slovenian received a lot of support offensively this time around. Dorian Finney Smith (23 points), Reggie Bullock (18) and world champion Maxi Kleiber (13) hit more than half of their throws, including from the three-pointer line. In Golden State, it wasn’t a good day for the top five players around Stephen Curry in particular.
By the end of the third quarter, the Mavericks were in front by 29 points. When Dallas blew up a little early in the final quarter, the Warriors closed the gap within eight points with three minutes remaining. But in the final stage, Dallas was able to safely take the lead over time.
Golden State now has the next opportunity to reach the NBA Finals perfectly on the night from Thursday to Friday in its hall. No team in the 75-year history of the NBA has ever staked a 3-0 lead in a playoff series.
Basketball: Antetokounmo leads the NBA team of the season – James Posts Record
Basketball star Giannis Antetokounmo of the Milwaukee Bucks leads the NBA team of the season. This was announced by the North American Pro League on Tuesday evening (local time). The Greek received 100 votes from sports journalists from around the world for the so-called “All-NBA First Team”. He did so for the fourth year in a row.
In addition to Antetokounmpo, the most valuable player of the NBA season, Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets and Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks are on the first team like last year. Plus, there’s first-round winner Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns and Jason Tatum of the Boston Celtics, who were named the season’s best team for the first time. Despite more votes than Tatum, top scorer Joel Embiid missed out on the first team as Jokic took the center stage.
Meanwhile, LeBron James expanded his record streak. The 37-year-old was named to the third team from the Los Angeles Lakers despite a disappointing season, making him his 18th career pick of the season — more than any other NBA player before him.