Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- So far so good for the defending NBA Champion Miami Heat. In Game 1 of their opening round playoff series, they defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 99-88.
After scoring just 19 points in the first quarter, the Heat turned it on and showed just why they're the defending champs.
Leading the way for Miami was Lebron James and Dwayne Wade. James scored a game-high 27 points and also had nine rebounds in the win. Dwayne Wade wound up scoring 23 points and also had five assists in the contest.
The Bobcats wouldn't go down without a fight. Point guard Kemba Walker scored a team-high 20 points while center Al Jefferson scored 18 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in the loss.
Not only was it a big night for the Heat, but for James personally as well. With his 27-point performance, he passed Larry Bird for eighth place on the playoff's all-time scoring list.
Jim McIssac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Curtis Granderson hit a sacrifice fly in the 14th inning, and the New York Mets prevented a three-game sweep by downing the Atlanta Braves 4-3 on Sunday.
Kirk Nieuwenheis led off the bottom of the 14th inning with a walk. He advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Ruben Tejada. Gus Schlosser (0-1) intentionally walked Eric Young Jr. to load the bases, bringing up the slumping Granderson.
"It felt really good," Granderson said. "Any way to help the team win a big game."
Jose Valverde (1-0) earned the win after working a scoreless inning in the top of the 14th. Zack Wheeler started the game for New York, tossing six innings.
David Wright collected four hits for the Mets (9-9), who took advantage of three early errors by Atlanta. The Braves (12-6), had won seven of eight heading into Sunday.
Christian Petersen/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) -- Some things just never chance, even in sports. The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Dallas Mavericks 90-85 on Sunday thanks in large part due to the performance of none other than Tim Duncan.
Duncan scored a game-high 27 points in the game while Tony Parker added 21 points of his own. Manu Ginobili added in 17 points as well.
Even though it was a balanced effort by the defending Western Conference Champions, but it was all about Duncan, who scored nine points in the paint in the fourth quarter to help overcome the team's 10-point deficit.
"Timmy, he's not going to score 24 a game or anything like that," Spurs head coach Greg Popovich said. "He's the base from which everything occurs, whether he's scoring or not. It just gives us a comfort level a point from which to operate. He plays (defense), he rebounds, scores here and there, he just dos the job."
Devin Harris led the Mavericks with 19 points and five assists while Dirk Nowitzki scored just 11 points.
Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- On Sunday the Philadelphia Flyers did something they haven't done in years, win at Madison Square Garden. The Flyers beat the New York Rangers 4-2 to tie their series up at 1-1.
After trailing 2-0 in the first period, it was the Flyers who controlled the rest of the game.
It was the Flyers first win at Madison Square Garden since Feb. 20, 2011.
Backup goalie Ray Emery was filling in again for starter Steve Mason who also missed Game 1 with an upper body injury. Emery was sharp after the early struggles as he wound up making 31 saves overall.
"I tried to stay even-keeled, whether it's going well or you don't get off to the start you want," Emery said after the game. "I play with a system in there, and I just kind of rely on that. I've had leads before and I've been down before so it's kind of a consistent approach."
Defenseman Luke Schenn scored the go-ahead goal in the second period followed by a power-play goal by Wayne Simmonds.
Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- Shortstop Alex Gonzalez' tenure with the Detroit Tigers last just nine games as the team has released the veteran and purchased the contract of infielder Danny Worth from Triple-A-Toledo.
Gonzalez was the Tigers Opening Day shortstop, he even had the game-winning hit in the ninth inning. But the team has decided to move on so early into the season.
Now in his seventeenth season, the 37-year-old Gonzalez batted just .167 with a .219 on base percentage. He drove in only two runs for hte Tigers as well.
With the loss of Jhonny Peralta via free agency and Jose Iglesias due to injury, the Tigers have struggled to fill the hole left by those two.
Austin Romine is expect to fill in for Gonzalez at shortstop going forward.
Worth has played in 115 games for the Tigers from 2010-2013. He hit .242 over that span.
Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook has been suspended three games by the NHL Department of Player Safety on Sunday.
The suspension came down after Seabrook laid a hit on St. Louis Blues forward David Backes during Game 2 of their Western Conference first-round series. His right elbow and shoulder connected with Backes' head with less than five minutes remaining in the third period. Backes was then thrown into the boards and onto the floor.
Seabrook received a five-minute major penalty for charging and a game misconduct. He had a phone hearing with the league Sunday morning.
After the game, Seabrook apologized and expressed his concern for Backes.
"I was just trying to make a play on Backes," Seabrook said. "I thought the puck was there. I was on [Alexander] Steen. I was just coming down the wall and I just tried to finish my hit.
"I feel bad seeing a guy like that on the ice. I've been there myself, and I'm not trying to target his head. I'm not trying to do anything like that. It doesn't feel good to see a player like that lying there like that, and knowing that I hit him. It wasn't my intent. I thought it was a hit. It's a physical series, hits have been laid like that from both sides the whole series, so we'll see what happens."
The Blues lead the Blackhawks 2-0 with Game 3 set for Monday night in Chicago.
Rob Carr/Getty Images(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) -- The New York Yankees placed right-hander Ivan Nova on the disabled list on Sunday with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.
Nova gave up eight runs in four innings of work on Saturday night against the Rays and left the game in the fifth to receive an MRI exam, which revealed the tear.
Nova missed time during 2011 with a forearm strain and in 2012 with a right rotator cuff injury.
"Anytime you lose a starter, it’s a big blow," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said after the game. "Starters are not easy to replace. Obviously, there’s concern and we’ll know a lot more about it tomorrow morning for sure."
Nova was 2-2 this season with an 8.27 ERA after last night's performance and joins the list of many Yankees players who have faced the injury bug this season.
Elsa/Golden Boy/Golden Boy via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Bernard Hopkins added another title to his resume on Saturday night after he defeated Beibut Shumenov to unify light heavyweight world titles at the D.C. Armory.
Hopkins, 49, landed 93 punches out of 182 in a fight against a boxer who was five-years-old when Hopkins made his debut in 1988.
"I'm special, in a way that is good," Hopkins said. "I don't have to explain special. There is no definition for special. Special speaks for itself. I had a great night. I am a great champion."
Hopkins took care of Shumenov in the 11th round and retained his belt for the second time and added another strap, making him the oldest fighter in history to unify titles.
"Another page of history that I hope you don't get bored with," Hopkins said. "Money is great, but history is something that you can never get rid of and act like it didn't happen. I'm glad to [unify titles]."
Two judges had it 116-111 for Hopkins and the third scored it 114-113 for Shumenov.
Oklahoma City Thunder/NBA(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- Kevin Durant scored 33 points and led Oklahoma City to a 100-86 win over the Grizzlies on Saturday night to take a 1-0 series lead in the first round series.
Durant put in 13 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter after the Grizzlies erased a 25-point lead in the third quarter.
"We just stayed together," Durant said. "We made plays in the fourth quarter. The third quarter was tough for us, but we stayed together. We didn't stray away."
Russell Westbrook scored 23 points and had 10 rebounds in the victory and Serge Ibaka added 17.
"We didn't want to be the leading trend on losing a home game," said Westbrook, after all the other home teams lost throughout the day. "We're just happy we won a game. We did a great job of just coming out and hitting them first. They're a physical team and we did a great job of going by our game plan."
Zach Randolph scored 21 points and 11 rebounds and Mike Conley had 16 points and 11 assists in the loss.
"We've got to make adjustments to get off to a better start," Randolph said. "We can't exert so much energy trying to come back from 20 points. It's the first game, we've got to stick together. We've been here before, we know what we've got to do and come out and be ready for Monday."