PORTLAND (Oregon) – Thuuz Sports, an automated video highlights production platform concentrating on sports, announced its Top 10 most exciting games for the month of May (2019), with the NBA garnering most of the attention of fans around the country. Topping the Thuuz list was the Portland Trail Blazers’ four overtime NBA Playoff win over the Denver Nuggets, a second-round NBA game. Meanwhile, both of the teams in the NBA Finals, the Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors, logged in with three spots each.
Using its custom designed algorithms to measure real-time event excitement, Thuuz provided a look into what games kept sports fans most excited and engaged in the month of May.
According to Thuuz, game excitement ratings are measured on a 0 to 100 scale and the analytics take into consideration game pace, team parity, play novelty, momentum shifts, social buzz, and historical context.
Using the Thuuz excitement measurement platform, the Top 10 most exciting games of May were:
1) Portland 140 Denver 137 (NBA): (5/3/2019) – This instant classic went four OT’s before the Trail Blazers finally pulled out the win to take a 2-1 series lead. CJ McCollum led the way with 41 points in 60 grueling minutes.
2) Toronto 118 Milwaukee 112 (NBA): (5/19/2019) – With Toronto teetering on the edge of elimination, down 2-0 in the series, this crucial Game 3 went to double overtime with the Raptors eventually gutting out a win. Kawhi Leonard carried the Raptors to victory with 36 points and 9 rebounds
3) Toronto 92 Philadelphia 90, (NBA): (5/12/2019) – An absolutely grueling Game 7 in the Eastern Conference semifinals produced an iconic shot that will go down in NBA history. With the game tied, Kawhi Leonard took a shot from the corner right next to his bench and then watched along with the entire NBA world as the ball defied physics and bounced four times on the rim before dropping through for the NBA’s 1st ever Game 7 game-winning buzzer beater.
4) Boston 4 Columbus 3 (NHL): (5/4/2019) – With the series tied at two,, the Blue Jackets and Bruins combined for 5 goals in the final 10 minutes of the 3rd period, ending with David Pastrnak’s game-winner with 1:28 remaining in the 3rd period. Down 2-0 with things looking grim, Columbus tallied 3 goals in a 3:27 span in the 3rd period to tie the game at 3-3 with exactly 6:00 minutes remaining. It wasn’t enough, as Boston’s Brad Marchand recorded his 3rd point of the game with a neat cross ice pass to Pastrnak who re-directed the pass into an open net to give Boston a 3-2 series lead.
5) Golden State 118, Houston 113 (NBA): (5/10/2019) – Shorthanded without Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins, the Warriors eliminated the Houston Rockets in a thrilling Game 6. The Warriors were led by Steph Curry, who scored 33 points in the 2nd half after not scoring a point in the 1st half.
6) Colorado 4 San Jose 3 (NHL): (5/6/2019) – At home and facing elimination in Game 6, Colorado’s captain Gabriel Landeskog scored an overtime winner to force a decisive Game 7 in San Jose.
7) Golden State 110, Portland 99 (NBA): (5/17/2019) – Draymond Green was the dominant force with 20 points, 13 rebounds, and 12 assists, Stephen Curry went for 36 points, and the Warriors overcame an 18-point lead in Portland to take a decisive 3-0 series lead over the Trail Blazers.
8) San Diego 8 Los Angeles 5 (MLB): (5/5/2019) – The two Southern California NL West teams squared off in San Diego in an early-May regular season game. The Padres vaulted to an early 3-0 lead behind a monster Franmil Reyes HR and some sparkling defense from Manny Machado and Eric Hosmer. A 3-run HR from Max Muncy and a 2-run HR from Chris Taylor gave the Dodgers a 5-4 lead heading into the bottom of the 9th inning. A Hosmer single, followed by 2 bunt singles loaded the bases for the Padres with no outs. The Dodgers got the next two outs before Hunter Renfroe stepped up to the plate and hit a dramatic game-winning Grand Slam to give the Padres an 8-5 victory.
9) Toronto 105, Milwaukee 99 (NBA): (5/23/2019) – With the series heading back to Milwaukee for Game 5 after the home team was victorious in each of the previous four games, Toronto pulled out a victory that gave the Raptors a chance to advance to their first-ever NBA Finals. Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard, once again, led the way with 35 points and 7 rebounds.
10) Golden State 119, Portland 117 (NBA): (5/20/2019) – For the third straight game, the Warriors found themselves trailing by 17+ points to the Trail Blazers. For the third straight game, the Warriors climbed all the way back to record a victory, this one coming in OT.