LAist Night's Action: A Difficult Day
LA Lakers defeat Denver Nuggets 116-102. Andrew Bynum played in his first game for the Lakers since being injured in January in Memphis posting up 16 points and seven rebounds in 21 minutes played. All in all not a bad return for the big guy. Meanwhile Pau Gasol gobbled everything in the paint scoring 27 points while grabbing 19 rebounds, 11 of which were of the offense variety. Kobe Bryant did his thing with 33 points and the Lakers are within 1/2 a game of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
San Diego Padres defeat LA Dodgers 4-3. The Dodgers bullpen had not given up a run in three games this season. It looked like this trend would continue after Ronald Belisario came in relief of starter Clayton Kershaw in the sixth inning and shut the Padres down for two innings maintaining a 3-1 lead. In the eighth inning Will Ohman came in and gave up a solo shot to Adrian Gonzalez. Then it all came unraveling with Cory Wade giving up two more in the inning. While the Dodgers would have a chance to get back after Orlando Hudson hit a lead off triple in the ninth, no one could get him home. The Dodgers split the series 2-2 with the Padres and head off to Arizona for the weekend.
Vancouver Canucks defeat LA Kings 1-0. It was going to be tough for the Kings with the Canucks being 11-1-1 in their last 13 games at home. Jonathan Quick would let only one goal slip by him in the second period which would be enough for the Canucks.
The death of Nick Adenhart reverberated beyond our town. Baseball players and managers around the league expressed their shock, and ESPN 710 Radio's Beto Duran noted that the Lakers held a moment of silence before their game. Since I heard the news about Adenhart's death this morning on my way to work, I've been numb. Perhaps the most shocking reaction today was Adenhart's agent Scott Boras breaking down during the press conference at Angel Stadium.
Boston Red Sox at LA Angels. This will be a very emotional. Tim Wakefield vs. Jered Weaver. 7:05 pm FSWest, AM 830 KLAA/AM 980 KFWB.
LA Dodgers at Arizona Diamondbacks. James McDonald vs. Jon Garland. 6:40 pm FS Prime Ticket, AM 790 KABC.
Dallas Stars at Anaheim Ducks. 7:00 pm KDOC, AM 1150 KTLK.
Sacramento Kings at LA Clippers. 7:30 pm AM 710 KSPN.
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