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What’s Happening in Sports: April 21, 2022

April 21st, 2022 features three Western Conference Playoff Game 3’s with Nikola Jokic‘s Nuggets looking to turn the series around against Steph Curry and the Warriors, the Timberwolves getting home-court advantage over Ja Morant‘s Grizzlies for Game 3, and the Mavericks visiting Utah with hopes of Luka Doncic returning from injury to take a 2-1 series lead. In the MLB, a 10-game slate is highlighted by the Giants visiting Carlos Carrasco and the Mets as well as Kevin Gausman starting for the Blue Jays against Boston.

See what happened in sports on April 21st last year, headlined by Julius Randle leading the Knicks to their eighth straight win and the Athletics capitalizing on two Twins errors to win in extras, as well as what happened in sports on April 21st, 2020 ft. Rob Gronkowski returning to the NFL from his brief retirement as the Patriots traded him to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to reunite him with former teammate QB Tom Brady. 

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN SPORTS OVERVIEW: This daily sports post includes real headlines only (no clickbait rumors), all of the best highlights, interesting facts & records from around the NFL, NBA, & MLB, the main games to watch, notable birthdays, and a quick recap of significant events on this day in sports history. 

MORE CONTENT WILL BE UPLOADED THROUGHOUT THE DAY

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Apr 20, 2022
Joel Embiid had the GW-3PM right before the buzzer along with 33 PTS & 13 REB to lead Philly’s 104-101 OT victory in Toronto to take a commanding 3-0 series lead

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Apr 20, 2022
Boston Celtics took a 2-0 series lead as their defense forced the least efficient game from Kyrie & KD (8-30 FG combined) since they teamed up

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Apr 20, 2022
Chicago Bulls beat Giannis for the 1st time in 15 games (1-14) thanks to DeMar DeRozan’s 41-point performance after Khris Middleton suffered a knee injury and Giannis passed Kareem for the most career PTS (1,693) in Bucks Playoff history

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Apr 19, 2022
Jimmy Butler went ballistic in Game 2 with a historic 45-point performance to lead the Heat over the Hawks in a much closer battle than Game 1

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Apr 19, 2022
Devin Booker lit up the Pelicans for 31 1st half points in Game 2 but a hamstring injury prevented him from playing the 3rd/4th Qtr where NOLA prevailed thanks to clutch buckets by Ingram and McCollum

Hot
Apr 19, 2022
Memphis Grizzlies beat the Timberwolves by a franchise Playoff record 28 PTS as Ja Morant led MEM’s rebounding victory to tie the series 1-1

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Apr 19, 2022
Colorado Rockies extended SP Kyle Freeland to a 5y/$64.5M deal that includes a 2027 $17M player option if he reaches 170+ IP in 2026 and also a player opt-out after 2024 if he finishes top-5 in Cy Young voting during 2022 or 2023

Hot
Apr 18, 2022
Cleveland Browns signed 2x Pro Bowl CB Denzel Ward to a 5y/$100.5M ($71.25M gtd) extension that makes him the highest-paid CB in NFL history

Hot
Apr 18, 2022
Jalen Brunson put the Mavs on his back with 41 PTS while Maxi Kleber hit a NBA record 8 3PM for a Center as the Luka-Less Mavs took down the Jazz who struggled down the stretch again

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Apr 18, 2022
Jordan Poole (29 PTS) and Steph Curry (34 PTS) both went off in the Warriors blowout win over Denver to take a 2-0 series lead as Nikola Jokic got ejected amidst a 44-pt Warriors 3rd Qtr

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Process led Philly to OT win

 

Maxey been hoopin’ this year

 

Double daggers down the Nets

 

Clutch Celtics Playoff moments

 

DeRozan took down Bucks

 

Giannis broke Kareem’s record

 

Swanson looking like Edmonds

 

Nolan hit GW bomb in Miami

 

Top MLB prospect went off!

 

Most electrifying plays of 21-22

 

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Apr 20, 2022
Toronto Raptors lost a Playoff game when leading at home by 10+ PTS at halftime for the 1st time in franchise history (previously 17-0)

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Apr 20, 2022
Fred VanVleet has the most consecutive GP with 1+ (24) & 2+ (18) 3PM in Toronto Raptors postseason history

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Apr 20, 2022
Joel Embiid became the 1st NBA Center with a GW-3PM during a Playoff GP in at least 25+ years

Hot
Apr 20, 2022
Joel Embiid hit the 1st career game-tying/go-ahead FG during the final MIN of a GP in his career (previously 0-14 on FGA in the final MIN)

Hot
Apr 20, 2022
Most career PTS in Milwaukee Bucks Postseason history: 1. Giannis Antetokounmpo (1,715)^, 2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1,692), 3. Sidney Moncrief (1,451), 4. Khris Middleton (1,383)^

Hot
Apr 20, 2022
Shohei Ohtani is the 1st SP to record multiple PA before throwing a pitch in MLB history

Hot
Apr 20, 2022
Shohei Ohtani is the 1st player to record 12+ Ks & 1 Hit allowed or less as a Pitcher & reach base safely 3+ times during 1 GP in MLB history

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Apr 20, 2022
José Ramírez is the 1st player to hit 2 Grand Slams before the end of April, let alone the 1st 10 games of the season in Cleveland franchise history

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Apr 20, 2022
Logan Gilbert is the 1st Pitcher to record 15+ Ks/1 BB or less/1 ER or less in the 1st 3 GS of a season in Seattle Mariners history

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Apr 19, 2022
Jimmy Butler is the 1st player to record 45+ PTS/0 TOV/2+ STL during 1 GP in NBA Postseason history

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NBA Playoffs Round 1

7:30 PM: #2 Memphis Grizzlies vs. #7 Minnesota Timberwolves [Tied 1-1]

9:00 PM: #4 Dallas Mavericks vs. #5 Utah Jazz [Tied 1-1]

10:00 PM: #3 Golden State Warriors vs. #6 Denver Nuggets [GSW leads 2-0]

*All game times listed are in Eastern Standard Time (EST)*

NBA: C Jarrett Allen, Cleveland Cavaliers (turns 24)

NFL: S DeShon Elliott, Detroit Lions (25)

NFL: LB Shaq Thompson, Carolina Panthers (28)

MLB: RP Jordan Romano, Toronto Blue Jays (29)

MLB: RP Joc Pederson, San Francisco Giants (29)

NFL: C Mitch Morse, Buffalo Bills (30)

NFL: QB Tony Romo, Retired after 2016 (42)

2020: TE Rob Gronkowski came out of retirement and was traded by the New England Patriots to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to reunite with the only starting QB he played with in his career, Tom Brady. The Brady-Gronk-led Bucs won the Super Bowl their 1st year together

2018: Oakland Athletics SP Sean Manaea pitched a no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox who entered with a .895 win %, the highest of any team to be no-hit in MLB history

2001: Atlanta Falcons selected Virginia Tech QB Michael Vick with the 1st overall pick, Chargers drafted RB LaDainian Tomlinson at 5th overall, and Colts picked WR Reggie Wayne 30th overall during the 1st Rd of the 2001 NFL Draft

1996: Houston Rockets C Hakeem Olajuwon became the NBA’s all-time career leader in blocks, passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (3,190). Olajuwon still owns the record with 3,830 BLK as nobody is even within 500 BLK of him

1996: Chicago Bulls SG Michael Jordan broke Wilt Chamberlain‘s NBA record with his 8th consecutive scoring title with 30.4 PPG, leading Chicago’s record-setting 72-win season. MJ still has the most scoring titles ever with 10

1996: Utah Jazz PG John Stockton broke Bob Cousy‘s NBA record with his 9th consecutive and overall assist title (11.2 APG). Stockton’s 9 career AST Titles remain the record over Cousy’s 8

1996: Denver Nuggets C Dikembe Mutombo became the very 1st player to lead the NBA in BLK for 3 consecutive seasons in NBA history 

1991: After giving up 5 runs in the top of the 11th (Andre Dawson grand slam), the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Chicago Cubs with a 6-run inning to complete the largest extra-inning comeback in MLB history

1991: Denver Nuggets broke their own NBA record (1981-82) by allowing an average of 130.8 PPG for the season

1989: Future US President George W. Bush and Edward W. Rose officially became joint CEOs of the Texas Rangers

1982: Atlanta Braves extended their MLB-record start to 13-0 with a 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds which still stands as the record (tied by Milwaukee exactly 5 years later)

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