Sixers and Nets to Play Preseason 'Boardwalk Classic' in Atlantic City

Sixers and Nets to Play Preseason 'Boardwalk Classic' in Atlantic City

After reports circulated that this news was coming, the Sixers officially announced Tuesday afternoon that their preseason game with the Brooklyn Nets on Oct. 13 will take place inside Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

The game, dubbed the "Boardwalk Classic," will be the first NBA action inside the old Convention Hall since 1983, when the teams played the second of two exhibition games in back-to-back seasons, with the Sixers winning both.

“We are delighted to add Sixers basketball to the thriving entertainment in Atlantic City, and we truly appreciate their hospitality during our Boardwalk Classic weekend,” Sixers CEO and Co-Owner Adam Aron said in a statement.
 
“This game can only further the unique rivalry between these two organizations – a series of battles including some of the 76ers’ all-time greats; and now, some of today’s team stars in Andrew Bynum, Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner. As we celebrate 50 years in the Philadelphia region, we’re excited to tip off a year’s worth of memories with this special event.”

Of course, A.C. is also happy for the business. Said Don Marrandino, Eastern Division President for Caesars Entertainment, in the release:

"Partnerships and events of this magnitude are what continue to help grow our market and position the City as one of the top entertainment destinations on the East Coast. A key tactic in the strategy of revitalizing Atlantic City is offering events such as this at a time when it is most needed.  We as a business community benefit from the thousands of fans who will choose to visit our destination that weekend and we look forward to a historic pre-season match up between the new-look Sixers and newly minted Brooklyn Nets."

Boardwalk Hall was the home of the Atlantic-10 basketball tournament for the last six years, but lost that event to the new Barclays Center in, appropriately enough, Brooklyn.

If you've never been, we highly recommend purchasing tickets and making the trip. Boardwalk is one of the most unique places in which you could ever watch an event, be it a hockey game, basketball game, concert or boxing match.

Other than the A-10, the building most recently hosted the 2012 AHL All-Star weekend and, according to the Press of Atlantic City, is slated to put on four Albany River Rats game next season.  Of course, it's more known for its boxing history, having hosted countless fights, including three prominent heavyweight bouts in the late 80s and early 90s -- Foreman-Holyfield, Tyson-Spinks, Tyson-Holmes -- and its fair share of Bernard Hopkins' brawls. It even hosted the very first indoor college football game on record, complete with real grass.

And, finally, as I've mentioned before, the building's stage is one of the rare venues still in use in the United States in which The Beatles actually played. It doesn't have anything to do with sports; I've just always thought it was kind of cool.

Fans who made the trip down the Expressway to the A-10 tourney know what they're in store for, but if you haven't yet been inside, we strongly encourage you to do so. If you can find a floor-to-ceiling, random ship-at-sea mural behind your backboard anywhere else, you have our permission to visit there as well.

And now, as I place at the bottom of all our all AC/Boardwalk posts…

NBA Playoffs: Raptors advance past Bucks despite blowing 25-point lead

NBA Playoffs: Raptors advance past Bucks despite blowing 25-point lead

MILWAUKEE -- DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points and the Toronto Raptors squandered a 25-point lead late in the third quarter before holding on for a 92-89 victory Thursday night over the Milwaukee Bucks to take their first-round playoff series in six games.

Cory Joseph had five points in a 9-0 run in the final 2 minutes, including a 3-pointer with 1:27 left, to help stave off the pesky Bucks.

The Raptors move on to face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference semifinals in a series that starts Monday. They'll need to work on finishing off opponents in the second half.

Jason Terry's 3 with 3:06 left gave the Bucks an 80-78 lead, completing an unlikely comeback from the 25-point deficit with 5:16 left in the third quarter. The Raptors looked as if they were on cruise control after DeMarre Carroll's 3 gave them the 71-46 advantage.

Giannis Antetokounmpo spearheaded the second-half rally for Milwaukee. He had 34 points.

But the Bucks finished one comeback short.

The furious effort appeared to sap the energy of the young Bucks. Even Antetokounmpo, a renowned gym rat, looked tired with his hands on hips as he caught his breath during fourth-quarter breaks. He played 47 minutes.

Antetokounmpo finished 13 of 23 from the field but was 2 of 6 in the fourth.

The Raptors could finally breathe easy after DeRozan went 2 of 2 from the foul line with 3.1 seconds to play for a three-point lead. Tony Snell's inbounds pass on the ensuing possession was intercepted by DeRozan (see full recap).

NHL Playoffs: Crosby, Bonino lead Penguins to Game 1 win over Caps

NHL Playoffs: Crosby, Bonino lead Penguins to Game 1 win over Caps

WASHINGTON -- Sidney Crosby scored two goals in 52 seconds, Nick Bonino had the winner in the third period and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series on Thursday night.

In a high-profile showdown of Crosby and Alex Ovechkin, Washington's captain also scored and Evgeny Kuznetsov had the goal that tied it in the third. But Marc-Andre Fleury made 15 of his 32 saves in the third period to help Pittsburgh to the win.

Crosby was a threat to score just about every time he touched the puck. He beat Braden Holtby with his first two shots of the second period.

Holtby stopped 18 of the 21 shots he faced but allowed Bonino's goal with 7:24 left.

Game 2 is Saturday night (see full recap).

Karlsson helps Senators edge Rangers 2-1 in Game 1
OTTAWA, Ontario -- Erik Karlsson scored on a bad-angle shot with 4:11 left in the third period, sending the Ottawa Senators to a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers in the opener of their second-round playoff series on Thursday night.

The Senators captain beat fellow Swede Henrik Lundqvist from just above the goal line. The shot pinged off Rangers center Derek Stepan before going into the net.

It was Karlsson's first goal and seventh point of the playoffs. The 26-year-old defenseman, who has been playing with a foot injury, also logged more than 28 minutes in the win.

Game 2 is Saturday.

Ryan McDonagh scored for New York, and Lundqvist finished with 41 saves.

Craig Anderson stopped 33 shots and Ryan Dzingel scored for Ottawa, which eliminated Boston in six games in the first round (see full recap).