What Happened Last Night: Alabama Rallies, Nets Win Brooklyn Opener, Ray Allen Hits Game-Winning Three
Saturday night’s alright for fighting/partying/anything else. It’s also alright for sports. I think that was the original title, actually.
Anyway, in case you were out of the house last night, here’s what you missed in the sports world.
Alabama downs LSU, hangs on to no. 1 ranking
Alabama overcame early and late deficits to defeat no. 5 LSU thanks to a 28-yard touchdown pass from A.J. McCarron to T.J. Yeldon with just 51 seconds left for the 21-17 victory. Alabama was able to win despite LSU outgaining them 435 yards to 331, controlling the ball for 39:15, and even winning the turnover battle 2-1. Sad to say, but Alabama owes LSU kicker Drew Alleman an edible arrangement, as it was his 1-for-3 performance (including two misses from 26 and 36 yards) that gave the Crimson Tide a chance for the win at the end.
Nets ring in Brooklyn era with a win over Toronto
Led by 27 points from Brook Lopez and 19 points and 9 assists from Deron Williams, the Brooklyn Nets defeated the Toronto Raptors 107-100 in the first regular season game at the Nets’ new home in Brooklyn. The Nets’ opener actually was supposed to be Thursday against the New York Knicks, but the game was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy. Things worked out in the end, though, as both the Knicks and Nets won their home openers in the aftermath of the storm.
Ray Allen hits game-winning three to propel Miami past Denver
You NEVER leave Ray Allen open in the corner, but that’s exactly what Denver forward Corey Brewer did last night, giving the best three-point shooter in NBA history a wide-open look at a three. Allen took advantage, hitting the shot and absorbing the too-little-too-late contact to complete a four-point play with six seconds left and give Miami a 119-116 win over the visiting Nuggets. Chris Bosh led all scorers with the quietest 40 points of the season, while Denver had seven players scoring in double figures, led by Kenneth Faried and Andre Iguodala with 22 apiece.
All statistics via ESPN.com