LAst Night's Action: Bad Day for Amateurs, Great Day for Pros
LA Lakers defeat Phoenix Suns 105-92. Missing easy buckets don't lead to victories. Ask the Suns forward Amare Stoudemire. All night Stoudemire and the Suns missed easy dunks, putbacks and layups to give the Lakers a fight. And when you make mistakes against the best team in the league, you just don't win. Meanwhile Vladimir Radmonovic got his stroke back shooting 5-for-6 beyond the arc. Jordan Farmar, Lamar Odom and Trevor Ariza all scored double-digits coming off the bench. Meanwhile the Andrew Bynum-Shaquille O'Neal showdown was basically a push.
Michigan Wolverines defeat #4 UCLA Bruins 55-52. No doubt UCLA was overrated. This year's version of the Bruins just aren't as good defensively with the loss of Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook and Luc-Richard Mbah-a-Moute. Alfred Aboya doesn't have the interior presence that Love had. So the Bruins are relying on their perimeter play to help them make a championship run. Well if things go like they went against the Wolverines, the Bruins are going to have a tough season. Michigan was tenacious on defense and took advantage of Bruins misses to run in transition. The Bruins meanwhile just looked slow and sad.
Seton Hall Pirates defeat #19 USC Trojans 63-61. Coming off their win Tuesday night at the Galen Center, the Trojans headed to San Juan, Puerto Rico for the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The game started off very evenly until the Trojans went on a 12-1 run for a 15-point lead to end the first half. All that momentum switched to Seton Hall's side who went on a 10-0 run to start the second half. The game was close throughout the second half with Seton Hall leading 63-61 with five second left. After a time out Daniel Hackett missed a three pointer to win the game and Taj Gibson dunked the ball only after time had expired.
LA Kings defeat Washington Capitals 5-2. Coming off of a 6-4 victory against Anaheim Wednesday night, Alexander Ovechkin and the Caps continue their roadie hoping to take advantage of the young Kings. But the Kings took advantage of the injury-depleted Caps and blew the game open in the third period. The normally aggressive Caps who average over 31 shots on goal per game were held to just 21 while the Kings shot 31.
Denver Nuggets at LA Lakers. The Lakers make the quick trip home to face the new-look Nuggets with Chauncey Billups. 7:30 pm FSN West, AM 570 KLAC.
LA Clippers at Philadelphia 76ers. The woeful Clips will get their first taste of Elton Brand and the not-quite-so-woeful 76ers. 4:00 pm FSN Prime Ticket, AM 1260 KGIL.
Anaheim Ducks at St. Louis Blues. The Ducks begin their roadie against the worst team in the western conference. 5:30 pm KDOC 56, AM 830 KLAA.
Chatanooga at USC Trojans. I really don't know why this game is being played. Really. 2:00 pm ESPNU.
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