What Happened in Sports: May 23, 2021












May 23rd, 2021 was highlighted by Trae Young’s GW in Madison Square Garden to kick off an exciting Hawks-Knicks series that came down to the wire. The Memphis Grizzlies pulled off a major upset over the Jazz in another close game on the day while the Suns handled the Lakers at home, and the 76ers took down the Wizards in Game 1 of their respective series. A number of MLB walk-offs took place to keep the sports world buzzing. 

See last year, headlined by the NBA expressing their desire to resume play, the league surveying GM’s about how to do so, and getting back to full strength. This daily sports article includes real headlines only (no clickbait rumors), all of the best highlights, interesting facts from around the NFL, NBA, & MLB, the main games to watch, top performances of the day, notable birthdays, and a quick recap of significant events on this day in sports history.

















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Game 1 in MSG was wild










RJ throws down huge jam







Simmons thunderous putback







Cubs get the big win on SNB










Carlos Santana walks it off







End of the Story







Aaron Judge’s 1st MLB walk-off







Another Adolis Garcia walk-off







Vaughn tied it up in the 9th







Tatis is back in Slam Diego







Hardest hit ball in Bosox history







Ice Trae’s electric playoff debut







Philly’s top 2 guys took over







Devin Booker’s a rising superstar










Ayton dominated Game 1







King James’ best jams this year







Embiid had an MVP-type season







Ice Trae was born 4 the playoffs







Trae Young balled out in 2021







Randle had an All-NBA season







Gobert a 2x DPOY for a reason







HBD to 3x DPOY Aaron Donald



















All-time MLB performance OTD







Bill Walton won MVP OTD







Votto magic OTD in 2015









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NBA Playoffs

[] #5 HAWKS (-105; $13.67) d. #4 @KNICKS (-115; $18.22107-105 (GW-FG) [ATL +1 | u214.5] (ATL 1-0)

[] #8 GRIZZLIES (+323; $12.26) d. #1 @JAZZ (-402; $13.00112-109 [MEM +8.5 | o217] (MEM 1-0)

[#1 @76ERS (-340; $11.26) d. #8 WIZARDS (+273; $11.15125-118 [WSH +8 | o228.5] (PHI 1-0)

[] #2 @SUNS (-135; $14.78) d. #7 LAKERS (+115; $9.03) 99-90 [PHX -2.5 | u213] (PHX 1-0)

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NBA Playoffs

[] PG , ATL (W @NYK): 32 PTS (11-23 FG | 1-3 3P), 10 AST, 7 REB, 0 BLK, 0 STL, 2 TO []

[] SG , PHX (W v.LAL): 34 PTS (13-26 FG | 3-7 3P), 8 AST, 7 REB, 0 BLK, 1 STL, 6 TO

[] SF , PHI (W v.WSH): 37 PTS (15-29 FG | 2-5 3P), 2 AST, 6 REB, 0 BLK, 2 STL, 2 TO

[] C , PHX (W v.LAL): 21 PTS (10-11 FG | 0-0 3P), 0 AST, 16 REB, 1 BLK, 0 STL, 1 TO

[] SG , WSH (L @PHI): 33 PTS (13-23 FG | 1-6 3P), 6 AST, 10 REB, 0 BLK, 1 STL, 6 TO

















NBA: C , New Orleans Pelicans (turns 21)

NFL: CB , Indianapolis Colts (25)

NFL: OT , Houston Texans (25)

NFL: LB , Baltimore Ravens (26)

NFL: DL , Pittsburgh Steelers (28)

NFL: DL , Los Angeles Rams (30)

MLB: 2B , Cleveland Indians (31)

















2018: NFL instituted a National Anthem policy that required players to stand if they are present on the field

2002: Los Angeles Dodgers OF went 6-for-6 with 4 HRs, 7 RBI, 6 runs, and broke Joe Adcock’s MLB record with 19 total bases in a 16-3 demolition of the Milwaukee Brewers fueled by 1 of the greatest individual performances of all-time

1989: Cleveland Indians fell to a record of 21-22 but remained in 1st place of their division by percentage points, marking the latest in a season a sub-.500 team has been in 1st place

1982: After surrendering a 3-1 series lead to the Boston Celtics, the Philadelphia 76ers went on the road in Game 7 to clinch the Eastern Conference title; during the game’s winding moments, a chant of “Beat LA!” broke out amongst the Boston crowd yet Philly ended up beating Boston and losing to LA in 6 games

1978: Leading the Portland Trail Blazers to a 50-10 record before foot injuries stifled his season, C (18.9 PPG, 13.2 RPG) was named league MVP. His 70.7% of team games played in is  of any MVP in NBA history (2nd lowest was 2001  with 86.6%)

1976: Behind a 25-point, 21-rebound game from C , the Boston Celtics defeated the Phoenix Suns 98-87 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals

1975: In their Game 3 victory over the Washington Bullets, the Golden State Warriors set an NBA Finals record with 17 total steals

1970: Each scoring 14 runs through 9 innings, the San Diego Padres defeated the San Francisco Giants 17-16 in 15 innings after each team scored 2 in the 11th




































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