Above is the post game excitement report for the Knicks blowout of the Lakers this week. The green line shows the Knicks scoring, while the blue line shows Lakers scoring. The white line shows the Thuuz excitement levels throughout. The excitement levels obviously went down as the Knicks put a beating on the Lakers. We currently don’t have any date showing how many times Phil Jackson laughed throughout the game.
Tip-Off! Spurs vs. Jazz.
Green finishes a fastbreak with a Three. Spurs making a run. Score: 15-9 in favor of the Spurs. 05:38 in 1st qtr.
Jazz just stopped the bleeding after giving up 9 points in a row. Score: 19-12 in favor of the Spurs. 04:20 in 1st qtr.
Favors steals the ball from Green and Hayward completes the fastbreak at the other end with a Layup…and he’s fouled on the play by Diaw! Jazz turning the tide. Score: 26-18 in favor of the Spurs. 01:29 in 1st qtr.
Foye with a Three. Jazz in the zone. Score: 26-22 in favor of the Spurs. 01:01 in 1st qtr.
Score Update. Score: 28-22. Start of 2nd qtr.
Kanter finishes a fastbreak with a Layup. Jazz making a run. Score: 33-30 in favor of the Spurs. 09:26 in 2nd qtr.
Spurs just stopped the bleeding after giving up 8 points in a row. Score: 35-32 in favor of the Spurs. 07:49 in 2nd qtr.
Jazz back in the game after being down for over 16 minutes. Score: 36-35 in favor of the Jazz. 06:29 in 2nd qtr.
Hayward with a Three. Jazz lighting it up. Score: 41-36 in favor of the Jazz. 04:52 in 2nd qtr.
And One! Jefferson scores for Jazz with a Layup and is fouled on the play by Duncan! Jazz on a run. Score: 50-44 in favor of the Jazz. 01:03 in 2nd qtr.
Jazz on a roll. 7 unanswered points and counting… Score: 53-44 in favor of the Jazz. 00:27 in 2nd qtr.
Score Update. Millsap working on double-double for Jazz: 13 pts, 8 reb. Score: 44-53. Half.
Duncan blocks a shot! Diaw finishes a fastbreak at the other end with a Layup! Spurs making a run. Score: 53-46 in favor of the Jazz. 10:56 in 3rd qtr.
Williams finishes a fastbreak with a Driving Slam Dunk. Jazz lighting it up. Score: 55-48 in favor of the Jazz. 09:04 in 3rd qtr.
Spurs back in the game after being down for over 14 minutes. Score: 64-64. 03:18 in 3rd qtr.
Mills finishes a fastbreak with a Three. Spurs showing some life. Score: 71-69 in favor of the Jazz. 01:12 in 3rd qtr.
Score Update. Duncan ringing up double-double for Spurs: 19 pts, 17 reb. Score: 71-71. Start of 4th qtr.
Splitter steals the ball from Favors and Mills completes the fastbreak at the other end with a Jump Shot! Spurs lighting it up. Score: 78-75 in favor of the Spurs. 08:16 in 4th qtr.
Splitter finishes a fastbreak with a Dunk. Spurs in the zone. Score: 80-75 in favor of the Spurs. 07:49 in 4th qtr.
Down to the wire: Just under 6 minutes remaining. Score: 85-82 in favor of the Spurs. 05:43 in 4th qtr.
Spurs pulling away: Parker sinks a free throw. Score: 90-83 in favor of the Spurs. 04:50 in 4th qtr.
Foye finishes a fastbreak with a Layup…and he’s fouled on the play by Green! Jazz on a run. Score: 94-92 in favor of the Spurs. 02:39 in 4th qtr.
Jazz back in the game after being down for nearly 8 minutes. Score: 94-94. 01:47 in 4th qtr.
Williams with a Three with the game clock expiring to put Jazz back in front. Score: 99-96 in favor of the Jazz. 00:01 in 4th qtr.
Game Over. Jazz win 99-96! Williams nails buzzer beater to give Jazz the win.
If you’re a rugby enthusiast, or just a fan of compelling, historic sports action, it’s worth staying up late (or getting up early) to watch the Rugby World Cup semifinals this weekend. Both matches will be broadcast live from New Zealand on Universal Sports and available on-demand 24 hours later from Universal Sports. France takes on Wales at 1am Pacific/4am Eastern on Saturday, while host New Zealand faces Australia in the same time slot on Sunday morning.
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Wales is a proud rugby nation that achieved may of its greatest victories prior to the professional era. Wales’ best showing so far in the Rugby World Cup was third place in the inaugural RWC in 1987. Thanks to Ireland upsetting Australia in pool play to send the Wallabies to the other bracket, Wales has a real chance of advancing to the Final this time by beating France. The French have already been to the RWC Final twice, and when they are at their best, they can beat anyone (just ask New Zealand, who have been booted from 2 prior World Cups by Les Blues). However, the deciding factor may be which French side shows up: the team that lost in a shocking upset to Tonga in the pool stage (which earned a Thuuz rating of 100), or the one that beat England convincingly last weekend. Perhaps the injection of some Tongan-born talent in Toby Faletau at number 8 will give Wales the advantage.
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New Zealand seems to enter every World Cup as the odds-on favorites, but they have only won it once (see the reference to France above and the movie Invictus). Many expected the Semifinal matchup between New Zealand and Australia to happen a week later, in the Final. Australia actually beat New Zealand in late August in their last Tri-Nations match Down Under. Upsetting the All Blacks at home will be quite another matter, especially with the Kiwis eager to reclaim the Webb Ellis Cup after 24 years. The Wallabies chances were given a major boost, however, when All Black fly-half Dan Carter, widely considered the best player in all of rugby union, injured his groin recently during kicking practice. Even without Carter’s flair, this should be a tremendously entertaining match. If you can’t watch the kickoff live, don’t be surprised if you get a Thuuz “Great Game” alert early Sunday morning.