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LAst Night's Action: A Tale of Three Runs

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Sasha Vujacic feeling an unwelcome feeling of loss. AP Photo/Darron Cummings

Indiana Pacers defeat LA Lakers 118-117. The Lakers outscored the Pacers in the first three quarters. They led by 16 points a minute into the fourth quarter. Then the Pacers went on a scoring run that was capped off by a Troy Murphy put-back off of a miss right before the buzzer went off in the fourth that gave the Pacers the one-point victory. Despite being 7-10 the Pacers also handed the Celtics a 16-point defeat in their second game of the season. The Lakers meanwhile suffer only their second loss of the season and face Philadelphia tonight.

Dallas Mavericks defeat LA Clippers 100-98. It looked like it was going to be a repeat of the November 9th game at the Staples Center when the Clips got their first win against the Mavs 103-92. Like the Lakers they had the lead in the fourth quarter, leading by as much as 10 points with four minutes left to go. But the Mavs did like the Pacers and mounted a furious comeback while the Clips just watched. The Mavs are now over .500 for the first time this season while the Clips. Well.

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Phoenix Coyotes defeat LA Kings 4-2. Like the Lakers and Clippers, the Kings were leading 2-1 heading into the third period when the Coyotes scored three goals in the third period. The young Kings have made a habit of sleepwalking through the third period.