Bad beats of the night: Two painful pushes
Sometimes a push is just as bad as a beat. Monday night's sports schedule handed bettors two terrible pushes in the dying seconds.
Bettors were sweating the 1-point spread between the Portland Trail Blazers and Philadelphia 76ers, right down to the final seconds Monday night.
With the Sixers set as slight 1-point home favorites and up 99-94, Portland forward LaMarcus Aldridge, a career 21 percent shooter from 3-point range, grabbed a deflected ball from behind the arc and drained an off-balance triple with 17.4 seconds on the clock to trim Philadelphia’s lead to two.
Following a pair of free throw from 76ers guard Jrue Holiday, Trail Blazers guard Damien Lillard drove the length of the court and drained a 3-pointer to make the game 101-100 with 7.1 seconds left.
Philadelphia botched the inbounds play and handed the ball back to Portland, which put the game in the hands of Aldridge, who missed a turn-around fadeaway with the clock running out. Philadelphia hung on for a one-point win but 76ers backers were dealt a sour push.
Struck by Lightning
Under players were three seconds away from cashing in their bet on Monday’s game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Tampa Bay Lightning but a empty net goal in the dying moments made the score 4-2 Tampa Bay and pushed with the 6-goal total.
Steven Stamkos scored one of the easiest goals of his career after Philadelphia’s Brayden Schenn whiffed on clearing the puck out of the zone, allowing the Lightning’s sniper to net his 200th career goal in the wide open net.
It would have been the fourth straight under for Tampa Bay which moves to 16-10-3 over/under on the season.