It made Collin Morikawa a major champion Sunday in a thrill-a-minute PGA Championship that not many will forget. Morikawa hit driver on the 294-yard 16th hole that was perfect in flight and even better when it landed, hopping onto the green and rolling to 7 feet for an eagle that all but clinched victory on a most quiet Sunday afternoon at Harding Park. Morikawa finished at 13-under 267.
Zion Williamson's rookie season is ending without a playoff berth. The last player to go from being the top overall selection one year to a playoff-game starter the very next season was Derrick Rose -- more than a decade ago. LeBron James needed three years to make the playoffs.
Damian Lillard scored 51 points on Sunday, Austin Rivers had a career-high 41 points and Joel Embiid hurt his ankle. Let's Dose. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
Caris LeVert had 27 points and 13 assists, and the Brooklyn Nets used the best-shooting quarter in the NBA this season on their way to a 129-120 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday night. Joe Harris added 25 points - 23 in the first half - for the Nets, who clinched seventh place in the Eastern Conference and a first-round playoff matchup with the defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors.
The league decided to add the play-in series option in an abundance of fairness, since about 14% of the regular season schedule was eliminated because of the coronavirus pandemic. To advance and face the top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers in the first round, the eighth-place team will have to win one of the two games and the ninth-place finisher would have to go 2-0. There will be no play-in series in the Eastern Conference; Brooklyn and Orlando have secured what were the last two available spots on that bracket, with Washington - the only other team that came to Disney with a chance of qualifying in the East - already eliminated.
Some of it has been self-inflicted and some of it has been bad luck. Regardless, the Sixers' season just keeps getting stranger, and not in a positive way. By Noah Levick
By resting Paul George, Clippers coach Doc Rivers makes it clear that keeping his star players healthy is a priority in the team's 129-120 loss to the Nets.
Austin Rivers scored a career-high 41 points off the bench and the Houston Rockets used a big third quarter to pull away and cruise to a 129-112 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night. ''He's been playing well and obviously, tonight was his night,'' coach Mike D'Antoni said. Rivers made six 3-pointers as Houston improved to 4-1 at Disney on a night the Rockets played a second straight game without Russell Westbrook, who has a bruised right quadriceps.
The last time there was a slate of five or more NBA games on the same day, with every team scoring at least 110 points, was more than 32 years ago. Scoring numbers are soaring inside the NBA's bubble, where the restarted season is happening at Walt Disney World. Through Sunday, 15 of the 22 teams inside the bubble were exceeding what had been their scoring averages before the season was suspended on March 11 because of COVID-19.
Fresh off his PGA Championship win, Collin Morikawa faced questions from an area resident who plays a lot of golf when he isn't at work.
Most players coming off a rather large injury, typically don't play the second game on back-to-backs.
Everything is back to normal for Damian Lillard. The All-Star point guard scored 51 points after a frustrating finish a night earlier, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Philadelphia 76ers 124-121 on Sunday. On Saturday against the Los Angeles Clippers, Lillard missed a pair of free throws with 18.6 seconds to go and a 3-pointer with 9.5 seconds left in a 122-117 loss.