Dan MacRae |  Thu 02/04/2015 - 18:22 EDT

The Viral Roundup – Brooklyn Go Hard Edition

The Viral Roundup – Brooklyn Go Hard Edition
Brooklyn continues their hot streak, the Mavs and Thunder shoot out the lights in Oklahoma and the NHL's Quaker State clubs face off in Pittsburgh. Here's a look at the tantalizing new world of sports you're waking up to on the morning of April 2, 2015.

Howdy! We trust you survived April Fools’ Day without too much prank-related battle damage. We’re here to greet you with the April 2 edition of The Viral Roundup, a convenient one-stop shop to catch up on all the big news, big buzz and big developments that are the talk of the sports world. In today’s edition: The Nets claim Big Apple basketball supremacy, the Mavs and Thunder offer up a Wednesday night barnburner and another chapter is written in the Battle of Pennsylvania.

Did You Hear?

Break up the Nets! Okay, Golden State and Cleveland aren’t exactly shaking in their sneakers over Brooklyn’s recent run, but five wins in a row is definitely something to take note of. Brook Lopez’s putback layup with two seconds left was the most valuable of the Nets center’s 18 points in Brooklyn’s 100-98 squeaker versus the New York Knicks. The victory elevates BK to a 34-40 record, a win/loss total shared by the seventh seed Miami Heat. The Knickerbockers continue their misery spiral, losing their eighth straight contest and making Manhattan tank enthusiasts drool.

Did You See?

In the mood to cringe until your body folds inward and you disappear into nothingness? No? Too bad! Motley Crue’s Vince Neil is the owner of the new Arena Football League franchise the Las Vegas Outlaws. (Yes, Sin City’s AFL team has the same name as their long departed XFL one.) He also sang the national anthem at their first home game. It was unique. Is that the democratic way to put it? It was very very very unique.

Did You Know?

- Did you catch last night’s Mavs/Thunder game? If you did, please accept our condolences to your face because it was likely melted off thanks to that insane final score. Dallas beat Oklahoma City 135-131 in a wild showdown at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. (We hope you wagered on the Over.) Seven Mavericks recorded double digit efforts and the Thunder’s roster featured three players putting up 30 or more points. OKC was completely outmatched in the paint, as Dallas racked up 72 points in that category versus the Thunder’s 46.

- We say this a lot, but James Harden had another monster game. The megastar guard scored 51 points (including eight treys) to help guide the Houston Rockets to a 115-111 win over the visiting Sacramento Kings. Dwight Howard was out of the lineup for Houston taking a rest day against an opponent that fell out of the playoff race a while back. Feel free to salivate over the thought of tonight’s Texas-sized showdown between the Rockets and Mavs.

- Adjust your belief in Magic accordingly. San Antonio (a ten and a half road favourite) walked into Orlando and embarrassed their hosts to the tune of 103-91. For those of you keeping tabs, that’s the fifth consecutive win the Spurs have racked up. The defending NBA champs benefited from a balanced attack that saw five Spurs enjoy double digit point totals.

- The Washington Wizards did their part to help Philly’s draft lottery chances. Marcin Gortat scored 23 points and nabbed 14 boards to help lead the Wizards to a 106-93 pounding of the Philadelphia 76ers. D.C.’s basketball squad is currently positioned in fifth place in the Eastern Conference and are listed as a 100/1 pick to capture the title this summer.

- The Celtics continued their playoff push last night and smacked down a fellow postseason hopeful in the process. Beantown exceeded the expectations of their four point favourite status by throttling the Indiana Pacers 100-87. Boston guard Evan Turner turned in an impressive triple-double performance providing the Celtics with 13 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds. Next Up: A Good Friday clash with the Milwaukee Bucks.

- Milwaukee have been lousy of late, but a win over the Chicago Bulls might turn the tide. The Bucks notched a 95-91 victory at home breaking a run of nine straight home losses versus the Bulls. Michael Carter-Williams scored 21 points and collected 10 rebounds in the win. Chicago had an ugly night beyond the arc only making 5 of 26 three point attempts.

- Last night’s Battle of Pennsylvania showdown produced mixed feelings for Penguins fans. Sidney Crosby tallied the 300th goal of his career, but it was the only marker for Pittsburgh in a 4-1 thumping dished out by a pride motivated Philadelphia Flyers club. Steve Mason stopped 24 shots and Brayden Schenn scored twice in the win for the black and orange. The Pens are tied with the Isles for the #2 spot in the Metropolitan Division with the Capitals trailing by only one point. Pittsburgh’s currently slated as a 14/1 shot to win the Stanley Cup this summer.

- The stakes have been higher for a Sabres/Leafs April matchup, but there was still bottom of the standings intrigue in Wednesday’s night showdown in Western New York. The Sabres came out on top in a 4-3 win over Toronto. Cory Hodgson and Matt Moulson were two of the Sabres that put pucks past Jonathan Bernier. The W narrows Buffalo’s “lead” for the dirt worst record in the National Hockey League to a mere two points.

- We’re just a humble country blog roundup, but it looks like Dustin Byfuglien is on deck to get a severe punishment for his cross-check to the back of J.T. Miller’s head/neck in the Jets 3-2 loss to the Rangers. Big Buff will have a phone hearing today with the NHL Department of Player Safety regarding the incident and Winnipeg appears destined to face yet another obstacle in their attempt to crack the postseason. Oof.

- Rolando McClain is staying in Big D. The 25-year-old linebacker is returning to the Cowboys for another season in a one year/$3 million deal. The Crimson Tide alum had 67 tackles in 13 games, but it should be noted that McClain is also facing a four game fine for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. The New England Patriots were believed to be the other frontrunner for McClain’s services.

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