Good morning! Here are the plays everybody will be talking about on Friday:
The 1,000th point of Sidney Crosby’s career. The Penguins beat the Jets 4-3 in overtime. Crosby got the assist on Chris Kunitz’s first-period goal. It was the 1,000th point of Crosby’s career. Later, Crosby got the game-winner in overtime with the nice assist from Evgeni Malkin (via the NHL).
The Marcus Smart buzzer-beating foul. The Celtics led the Bulls by one in Chicago with seconds to play. Jimmy Butler took a shot at the buzzer and missed. The Celtics win. Or did they? A foul was called on Smart, Butler made both free throws, and the Bulls won the game. Replays showed that Smart did appear to make contact with Butler’s elbow. Was it enough to make the call? It probably depends on which team you were rooting for (via TNT).
The Phil Mickelson chip-in. At one point mid-way through his opening round, Phil was 5-under and had the lead at the Genesis Open. During one three-hole stretch Mickelson went eagle-birdie-birdie. Here is the eagle, chipping in from the rough on 17 (he started on the back nine). Amazingly, this chip-in came after he hit the roof of the nearby bleachers. Sometimes it is better to be lucky than good. Or, as in Phil’s case, it is best to be lucky and good (via the PGA Tour).
The Otto Porter circus bonus. Porter remember the No. 1 rule in the NBA, “if you get fouled, be sure to just throw the ball at the basket, and good things might happen.” A good thing happened to Porter on Thursday.
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