What Happened in Sports: May 28, 2021


May 28th, 2021 was remembered for Jayson Tatum’s 50-piece on the Brooklyn Nets during Kyrie Irving’s return to Boston as Tatum led the Celtics upset win over the Brooklyn Big 3 to ensure they wouldn’t get swept this year, despite Harden’s monster 41-point performance. Luka Doncic had a 44-point near-triple double but it wasn’t enough against the Clippers as Kawhi & PG both balled out to get the Clippers back into the series while Trae Young led Atlanta over New York to take a 2-1 series lead. Also, Albert Pujols’ walk-off HR was robbed as the Giants won in extra innings. 

See what happened in sports on May 28th last year, headlined by the state of Texas allowing fans to attend live sporting events, the Dallas Mavericks reopening their facility, and an NFL rule change allowing three players to return from IR instead of two. 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. 

Tauchman robs Pujols GW-HR

Tatum exploded for 50 vs. BKN

What a play by Marcus Smart

Grossman walks it off in style

Barnes’s homer ties game in 9th

Logo Trae from downtown

Luka and Kawhi dueled in G3

Ice Trae continues to shine

Luka is magical on the court

Blake got some serious bounce

Breaking down Pitts’ potential

Klay’s 3PM playoff record OTD

Bonds passed Ruth HR’s OTD

Mackowiak came up clutch OTD

Bird joins MVP history OTD

Happy bday Percy Harvin

Happy bday NaVorro Bowman



NBA Playoffs 1st Round

[Highlights] #7 @CELTICS (+286; $7.74) d. #2 NETS (-352; $11.03125-119 [BOS +8 | o227] (BKN 2-1)

[Highlights] #4 CLIPPERS (-145; $10.44) d. #5 @MAVERICKS (+125; $10.00118-108 [LAC -2.5 | o219.5] (DAL 2-1)

[Highlights#5 @HAWKS (-200; $13.67) d. #4 KNICKS (+170; $18.22105-94 [ATL -5 | u211] (ATL 2-1)

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NBA Playoffs 1st Round

[Highlights] F Jayson Tatum, BOS (W v.BKN): 50 PTS (16-30 FG | 5-11 3P), 7 AST, 6 REB, 1 BLK, 2 STL, 1 TO [Player of the Day]

[Highlights] G James Harden, BKN (L @BOS): 41 PTS (11-18 FG | 7-12 3P), 10 AST, 7 REB, 0 BLK, 1 STL, 2 TO

[Highlights] G Luka Doncic, DAL (L v.LAC): 44 PTS (15-28 FG | 7-13 3P), 9 AST, 9 REB, 0 BLK, 1 STL, 5 TO

[Highlights] F/G Kawhi Leonard, LAC (W @DAL): 36 PTS (13-17 FG | 3-5 3P), 3 AST, 8 REB, 2 BLK, 1 STL, 3 TO

[Highlights] F Kevin Durant, BKN (L @BOS): 39 PTS (13-24 FG | 4-9 3P), 1 AST, 9 REB, 1 BLK, 4 STL, 3 TO


NBA: PG De’Anthony Melton, Memphis Grizzlies (turns 23)

MLB: SP Huascar Ynoa, Atlanta Braves (23)

NFL: LB Damien Wilson, Jacksonville Jaguars (28)

MLB: RP Craig Kimbrel, Chicago Cubs (33)

NFL: WR Percy Harvin, Retired after 2016 (33)

NFL: LB NaVorro Bowman, Retired after 2017 (34)

NBA: PG Jerry West, Hall of Fame (83)

2016: After falling into a 3-1 deficit, Golden State Warriors SG Klay Thompson set an NBA Playoff record with 11 3PM in Game 6 to even the series with the Oklahoma City Thunder at 3-3 that led to their 3-1 series comeback and second straight NBA Finals berth

2014: Indiana Pacers SG Lance Stephenson infamously blew in LeBron James‘ ear during ECF Game 5 as the Pacers managed to avoid elimination with a 90-93 win to force a Game 6 

2006: San Francisco Giants OF Barry Bonds hit his 715th career home run, passing Babe Ruth for the 2nd most career HR of all-time, behind only Hank Aaron

2004: After spending the morning at the hospital to witness the birth of his first child, Pittsburgh Pirates OF Rob Mackowiak hit a GW grand slam in the 1st leg of a doubleheader against the Chicago Cubs, then hit a game-tying 2-run HR in the 9th inning of the 2nd game

1998: Holding a 8-6 lead over the San Francisco Giants, Arizona Diamondbacks MGR Buck Showalter made a gutsy call to walk OF Barry Bonds with the bases loaded, allowing a run to score with only one out to go in the bottom of the 9th; the strategy worked, as the next batter lined out to RF, handing Arizona the 8-7 victory

1995: Detriot Tigers (7) and Chicago White Sox (5) combined for an MLB-record 12 home runs, but Chicago prevailed 14-12. The record was surpassed by the D-Backs and Phillies in 2019 with 13

1986: Boston Celtics PF Larry Bird was named NBA MVP for the 3rd consecutive season, joining Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain as the only players in history to win the award 3 years in a row

1978: Seattle SuperSonics SG Dennis Johnson blocked 7 shots in their Game 3 victory over the Washington Bullets, an NBA Finals record for a Guard

1957: NL approved the Brooklyn Dodgers’ and New York Giants’ requests to relocate out West (Los Angeles and San Francisco, California)

1952: Playing his last game before reporting to the U.S. Army, New York Giants OF Willie Mays received an ovation from the New York faithful and fans of the archrival Brooklyn Dodgers; the reigning Rookie of the Year would miss 266 games, returning to play in 1954 to win his 1st MVP Award

1951: After starting his MLB career 0-12, New York Giants OF Willie Mays finally recorded his 1st career hit — a home run off of Hall-of-Fame SP Warren Spahn





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