Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Rockets try for another win over the Lakers, the Celtics tip off with the Magic, and the Wings look to finish off their set.
Tipping off on the hardwood . . .
The Rockets will be gunning for their second straight win over the Lakers on Tuesday night when the teams meet in Los Angeles for Game 5 of their second-round series. Houston managed to pick up a 99-87 home win in Game 4 on Sunday night without Yao Ming, who will miss the rest of the playoffs with a foot injury. Aaron Books picked up the slack with 34 points for the Rockets in that win, while Shane Battier had 23 points. Kobe Bryant had just 15 points for the Lakers.
As well, Boston will host Orlando on Tuesday night in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference semifinal set, with that series knotted up at 2-2. The Celtics held on for a 95-94 win over the Magic in Orlando on Sunday night, with Paul Pierce scoring a team-high 27 points and both Rajon Rondo and Glen Davis adding 21 points. Dwight Howard picked up 23 points and 17 rebounds in the losing cause.
Meeting up on the diamond . . .
Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay will be facing a former teammate on Tuesday night when his team plays host to the Yankees and starter A.J. Burnett. Righthander Halladay (6-1, 3.29 ERA) picked up his third straight win last time out, holding the Angels to one run on six hits over eight innings of work. Righthander Burnett (2-0, 5.26 ERA) has earned four straight no-decisions, last winning back on April 14.
Two other AL East teams meet in Baltimore on Tuesday, with the Orioles hosting the Rays. Also on the Junior Circuit’s slate for the night: the White Sox at Cleveland, Seattle at Texas, Detroit at Minnesota, Boston at the Angels, and Kansas City at Oakland. Luke Hochevar makes his season debut for the Royals.
Over in the National League on Tuesday the top pitcher to take the mound will be Diamondbacks righthander Dan Haren, who carries his 3-3 record and 1.84 ERA into a home start vs. the Reds. Rounding out the slate: St. Louis at Pittsburgh, the Dodgers at Philadelphia, Atlanta at the Mets, Florida at Milwaukee, San Diego at the Cubs, Houston at Colorado, and then Washington at San Francisco.
Taking a trip around the rink . . .
The Ducks will be on the ropes on Tuesday night as they play host to the Red Wings in Game 6 of their best-of-seven series. Detroit got a goal and two assists from Henrik Zetterberg on Sunday in their 4-1 home win, which put them up 3-2 in the series. Johan Franzen, Jiri Hudler, and Darren Helm also scored for the Wings, while Ryan Whitney had a power-play goal in a losing cause for Anaheim.
The other game on the ice on Tuesday has the Bruins trying to stave off elimination at the hands of the Hurricanes once again, with the teams meeting in Game 6 in Carolina. Boston reduced the Canes’ series lead to 3-2 on Sunday night with a 4-0 home shutout victory. Tim Thomas stopped all 19 Carolina shots in that victory, while Phil Kessel powered the Bruins’ offense with two markers. Carolina goaltender Cam Ward faced 40 shots in the defeat, making 36 saves.