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LAst Night's Action: Clippers Do It Again
LA Clippers defeat San Antonio Spurs 90-85. Well it looks like the 19th time is the charm for the Clippers. Having being beaten by the Spurs in their previous 18 meetings, the Clippers finally found a way to defeat the Spurs.
This despite their penchant to handing the ball back to the Spurs. The Clippers turned the ball over 18 times and even more disturbing at times they gave up 18 offensive boards to the Spurs. That was the recipe for a blowout Spurs win.
But the Spurs playing on tired legs shot only 36% from the field. And the best three-point shooting team went 9-for-30 behind the arc. Not helping the Spurs was Tony Parker who in 18 minutes scored two points and four assists while sitting out most of the second half.
For the Clippers Baron Davis played a surprising 23 minutes getting 10 assists in his first game since Nov. 9 in New Orleans. But who am I kidding? The game belonged to Rookie of the Month Blake Griffin who had a monster 31 points with 13 rebounds. Eric Gordon had a quiet 21 points.
Now here’s something befuddling. The Clippers have beaten Oklahoma City, New Orleans and San Antonio - three of the better teams in the Western Conference. They have lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Detroit Pistons, New Jersey Nets and Indiana Pacers. Go figure.
Houston Rockets defeat LA Lakers 109-99. In all of head coach Phil Jackson’s 11 championship teams they have never lost four in a row. This year’s Lakers have just done that despite facing a short-handed Rockets team missing the perpetually injured Yao Ming and Laker-killer Aaron Brooks.
A 12-point second quarter lead evaporated in a blink of an eye as a Kobe Bryant last second jumper allowed the Lakers to go into the locker room with a three-point lead going into halftime. Two minutes of no defense and allowing the Rockets to steal the ball to get easy transition points erased all of the good the Lakers did in the prior 22 minutes to establish that 12 point lead on the road.
And while the Lakers picked up their game leading 91-84 with 6:11 left in the game. But the Rockets went on a 25-8 run to close out the game for the upset victory.
Yet again all fingers can point to Pau Gasol who scored a paltry eight points while grabbing nine rebounds in 38 minutes. Kobe Bryant had a 27-point night while Lamar Odom had 25 points and 11 rebounds playing 44 minutes.
Anaheim Ducks defeat Florida Panthers 5-3. You cannot stop Ducks enforcer George Parros - you can only hope to contain him. At least for this one night against the Florida Panthers. Parros scored twice for the Ducks having his first multi-goal game of his six-year NHL career.
With the excellent forechecking by the Ducks after the puck was driven to the boards behind the net in the Panthers zone, Kyle Chipchurra centered the puck to Parros to get the game’s first score 14:01 in the first period. After Ryan Getzlaf gave the Ducks a 2-0 lead 6:04 in the second period, the combination of Chipchurra and Parros was at it again 50 seconds later for the 3-0 lead.
The Panthers got things close scoring at 8:08 in the second and on the power-play at 1:20 in the third, but Corey Perry responded less than a minute later. The Panthers gave a last gasp pulling their goalie on a power-play in the last two minutes of the game when Steve Bernier scored on the 6-on-4 advantage. But Bobby Ryan iced the game with a hard-earned empty netter in the final minute.
Florida Panthers at LA Kings. 7:30 p.m. FSWest, AM 1150 KTLK.
UCLA Bruins at Kansas Jayhawks. 6:00 p.m. ESPN2, AM 570 KLAC.