Archive for May 15th, 2009

The AP reports: The Houston Rockets came up with one more stunning victory to set up a final showdown with the Los Angeles Lakers. Aaron Brooks scored 26 points, Luis Scola added 24 points and 12 rebounds, and the scrappy, undermanned Rockets pushed the top-seeded Lakers to the brink in their Western Conference semifinal series with a 95-80 win in Game 6 on Thursday night. Reserve Carl Landry scored 15 as the Rockets built another huge lead in the first half, then fought off a Lakers rally to force Game 7 on Sunday at the Staples Center. Kobe Bryant scored 32 and Pau Gasol added 14 for Los Angeles, which lost for only the third time in the last 18 games when it has a chance to close out a series… The Rockets came out dominant instead of demoralized on Thursday night. They put together a near carbon copy of the first half of Game 4, when they seemed to hit every open shot, smothered the Lakers on defense and built an 18-point halftime lead… The Rockets hit their last eight shots in the third quarter and took a 75-65 lead to the fourth. Landry drove down the lane for a one-handed dunk with 6:56 left to put Houston up 81-71 and Bryant checked in after a long rest. But Bryant missed four of his next six shots and Brooks scored eight points over the next five minutes to secure another surprise over the Western Conference’s top seed.

NBA Playoffs conference finals schedule

In the 2009 NBA Playoffs, the Nuggets will play the Lakers in the Western conference finals. And the Cavaliers will play the Magic in the East. Here are the updated schedules:

Nuggets vs Lakers Schedule

Game 1 - Tue  May 19 Denver at L.A. Lakers     9:00PM ET ESPN/R
Game 2 - Thu  May 21 Denver at L.A. Lakers     9:00PM ET ESPN/R
Game 3 - Sat  May 23 L.A. Lakers at Denver     8:30PM ET ABC/R
Game 4 - Mon  May 25 L.A. Lakers at Denver     9:00PM ET ESPN/R
Game 5 * Wed  May 27 Denver at L.A. Lakers     9:00PM ET ESPN/R
Game 6 * Fri  May 29 L.A. Lakers at Denver     9:00PM ET ESPN/R
Game 7 * Sun  May 31 Denver at L.A. Lakers     8:30PM ET ABC/R

Cavs vs Magic Schedule

Game 1 - Wed  May 20 Orlando at Cleveland    8:30PM ET TNT/R
Game 2 - Fri  May 22 Orlando at Cleveland    8:30PM ET TNT/R
Game 3 - Sun  May 24 Cleveland at Orlando    8:30PM ET TNT/R
Game 4 - Tue  May 26 Cleveland at Orlando    8:30PM ET TNT/R
Game 5 * Thu  May 28 Orlando at Cleveland    8:30PM ET TNT/R
Game 6 * Sat  May 30 Cleveland at Orlando    8:30PM ET TNT/R
Game 7 * Mon  June 1 Orlando at Cleveland    8:30PM ET TNT/R

*The final three games of each series are “if necessary.”

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