Quite possibly the best day since October 29, 2008.
- The Phillies win on a Raul Ibanez walk-off HR
- The Flyers play a physical 60 minutes of hockey to pull within one game of the Penguins
- The Sixers (!!!) win on a unbelievable shot from Andre Iguodala with 2.2 seconds to play, taking a 1-0 series lead on the Orlando Magic. This came after being down 18 points in the 3rd quarter!
And, just for good measure...
- The Eagles introduce their new acquisition, tackle Jason Peters
- The Mets lose!
Despite the early season struggles of the pitching staff (Park had a solid second start), the middle of the order is as great as advertised. Through 11 games, Chase Utley (.366, 4 HR, 11 RBI), Ryan Howard (.341, 9 RBI) and Raul Ibanez (.386, 5 HR, 10 RBI) are on fire. Even better, a slumping Jimmy Rollins came off the bench to pull the Phillies within one run on a home run to right field. In addition, J.A. Happ pitched three scoreless innings in relief.
After taking an early 2-0 lead, the Flyers were on the verge of giving away the game and, thus, their playoff hopes. The Penguins scored a quick pair of goals in the opening minutes of the 2nd period, draining the energy from the Wachovia Center. Then, in a matter of minutes, the Flyers flipped the switch. The trio of Danny Briere, Darroll Powe and Claude Giroux charged down ice and executed a beautiful array of passes to take a one-goal lead on Giroux's goal. Minutes later, Simon Gagne scored a brilliant shorthanded goal from in close on net. After taking a 5-2 lead on Jared Ross' first NHL goal, the Flyers coasted to a 6-2 win. Series: 2-1 Penguins
Visiting the 3rd seeded Orlando Magic, the 76ers came out early and garnered a two point lead after one quarter. They were aggressive and were shooting the ball with ease. Although their shooting cooled in the 2nd quarter, they went to the locker rooms down only four, 50-46. You had to feel pretty good about their chances. You let Dwight Howard score 18 in the first half and you are still in the game? Not too bad.
In the third quarter, however, the Magic took over. Powered by rookie Courtney Lee and Howard, Orlando built a 79-61 lead. The game was over... right? Ripping off 8 straight points, the Sixers would eventually tie the game at 91 with about 4 minutes to play. After Iggy missed two free throws with a chance to take the lead, Donyell Marshall drilled a 3-pointer to tie the game at 98-98- giving Andre a chance at redemption. And, this time, he didn't miss.
Catching the in-bounds pass at half court, Iggy turned towards the basket and barreled forward. Stepping back from a pesky defender, he hung in the air and contorted his body in an impossible form. The shot was high and arching and... in.
The Sixers win! Key stat? 3-pointers: Sixers 7, Magic 5