What’s Happening in Sports: June 15, 2022

2021: Brooklyn Nets F Kevin Durant recorded the 1st ever Playoff game of 45+ PTS/15+ REB/10+ AST as his Nets Playoff record 49 PTS in all 48 MIN led a 17-pt comeback to take a 3-2 lead over the eventual champ Milwaukee Bucks plus Jeff Green added 27 PTS (8-10 FG)

2019: New Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Lakers completed a blockbuster trade that sent PF Anthony Davis to LAL in return for SF Brandon Ingram, PG Lonzo Ball, SG Josh Hart, the #4 overall pick, and 2 more future 1st round picks. Lakers went on to win the 2020 NBA Finals thanks to an All-NBA season from AD

2014: San Antonio Spurs NBA Finals win over Miami Heat included: Highest Finals (+70) & playoff (+214) point differential ever, highest FG% (52.8%) in NBA Finals, lowest leading scorer in NBA Finals history (Tony Parker 17.4), 1st team to win 3 straight Finals games by 15+ PTS, 5th Championship

2004: Detroit Pistons won NBA Finals Game 5 against the Los Angeles Lakers that was the last game of the Kobe–Shaq era after 4 Finals appearances in 5 years. DET secured the biggest upset (+500) and is 1 of 2 teams of the last 30 years since the Pistons last title in 1990 to win it all without 1 MVP (also 2019 Raptors)

2003: As the San Antonio Spurs defeated the New Jersey Nets in Game 6 to win their 2nd NBA Title, PG Tony Parker (France) and SG Manu Ginobili (Argentina) became the 1st players from their respective countries to win an NBA Championship

2001: Los Angeles Lakers became the 2nd team to a record a 15-1 playoff record after beating 76ers in NBA Finals Game 5. Kobe Bryant  became the youngest (22y, 296d) player to win multiple NBA Championships

1994: After 15 years with the club, the New York Giants officially released Super Bowl XXI MVP Phil Simms despite an 11-5 record, a Playoff victory, and a selection to the Pro Bowl the previous season

1965: Detroit Tigers SP Denny McLain made 1 of the few relief appearances of his career in the 1st inning, striking out the 1st 7 batters he faced and 14 total over 6.2 innings, both MLB records for a reliever

1938: After no-hitting the Boston Bees in his last start, Cincinnati Reds SP Johnny Vander Meer became the 1st (and only) player to pitch consecutive no-hitters in MLB history during a 6-0 defeat of the Dodgers 

1928: At 41 years old, Philadelphia Athletics OF Ty Cobb stole home plate for the 54th and final time in his career to extend his MLB record which still stands today

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