Good morning! A lot happens in sports, even when you’re busy doing other non-sports-y stuff. So here are the top headlines and moments from yesterday, in case you missed anything while you were watching season four of House of Cards.
Another triple-double for Westbuckets
Another night, another triple-double for Russell Westbrook. The Oklahoma City star dropped 21 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds to lead the Thunder past the Rockets, 111-107. It was Westbrook’s third triple-double in a row, fourth in his last five games and his sixth in the month of March, the most by a player in a calendar month since Michael Jordan’s seven in April 1989. Westbrook now has 15 triple-doubles this season, the most by a player since Jordan (15) and Magic Johnson (17) in 1988-89. Here’s an emphatic dunk from RussellMania:
— NBA TV (@NBATV) March 23, 2016
Tony Allen’s perfect night
We’re winding down on Kobe Bryant’s career. After scoring 20 points to lead the Lakers past the Grizzlies, 107-100, there are just 12 games left to see the Black Mamba on the court. But the real story last night was Memphis’ defensive stalwart Tony Allen, who exploded on offense for 27 points on a perfect 12-for-12 shooting. On top of that, he did that while being guarded by Bryant. Way to steal Kobe’s shine.
Tony Allen was a perfect 12-12 from the field and had his best scoring night since February 2011. pic.twitter.com/xx9lfrXyJg
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) March 23, 2016
MMA legalized in NY
For the first time in nearly 20 years, MMA is legal in the state of New York. The State Assembly voted to legalize the sport on Tuesday by a bipartisan vote of 113-25. New York had been the lone state where MMA was illegal and despite repeated attempts to vote on a bill to legalize the sport sooner, the bill would stall in the Assembly and never reach the floor for a vote.
The New York State Athletic Commission has 120 days to adopt rules and guidelines. If all goes to plan the UFC, the sport’s biggest promotion, will hold its first event in Madison Square Garden in November.
— UFC (@ufc) March 22, 2016
SiriusXM’s March Madness Coverage
If you’re struggling to concentrate at work and are experiencing moments of unexplained euphoria from recalling the magic that was the NCAA tournament’s opening weekend, click here for a supercut of every jaw-dropping buzzer-beater and upset. If you’re looking for players to root for in the Sweet 16, click here for a comprehensive breakdown of names you should know for the upcoming games.
And remember, you can catch all of the tourney action at your home, in your car and on your smartphone with SiriusXM’s coverage, powered by Westwood One.
Look cool every morning. Find out what you missed in the sports world while you were sleeping, and impress your friends and co-workers. We won’t tell them you were actually American Crime Story.
Tags:houston rocketskobe bryantlos angeles lakersmagic johnsonmarch madnessmemphis grizzliesmichael jordanmmanbancaa tournamentoklahoma city thunderrussell westbrooktony allenufc
Music, Sports, News and more
All in one place on the SiriusXM app