LAst Night's Action: Historic Night for Kobe, Forgettable for Lakers
Memphis Grizzlies defeat LA Lakers 95-93. Kobe Bryant’s 44 point effort made him the Lakers all time leading scorer. All that was for naught as sloppy play and turnovers gave the Grizzlies the win. On their final game of an eight game road trip and coming off of an emotional win in Boston Sunday afternoon, it seemed natural for a letdown to occur. Aside from Ron Artest who went 6-for-9 with 18 points and that missed three to close the game, Kobe had no help from his teammates. “This was a game we should have won,” coach Phil Jackson said after the game. In the first half bench player Lester Hudson who averaged less than two points a game for the Grizz torched the Lakers scoring 13 points. Down the stretch Zach Randolph had 22 points and 17 rebounds for the Grizz, and Rudy Gay added 25. OJ Mayo was limited to nine points hampered by foul trouble. The game was lost in the paint where the Grizz outmuscled the Lakers 42-26. The Lakers now have a two game homestand against the Bobcats and Nuggets.
Anaheim Ducks defeat Florida Panthers 3-0. Over the weekend the Ducks gave goalie Jonas Hiller a four-year extension and traded Jean-Sebastian Giguere to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Hiller showed the Ducks they made the right decision by shutting out the Panthers. In his second shutout of the season he saved 33 shots. Ryan Getzlaf got the scoring going in the second period and assisted Corey Perry’s capper in the third period. Teemu Selanne got a tip in power play goal right at the end of the second period. The Ducks are 11th in the western conference just three points away from a playoff spot.