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LAst Night's Action: Hockey Game Breaks out at Staples

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Andrew Bynum fouls Carl Landry in the hockey game at Staples Center. AP Photo/Chris Carlson

LA Lakers defeat Houston Rockets 111-98. For a while there I was expecting a penalty box to be set up. Derek Fisher was thrown out of the game for a flagrant two on a hard body check to Luis Scola. Ron Artest was thrown out of the game after yelling at the refs for calling a foul on him against Kobe Bryant in the fourth. Bryant got a technical for jawing to Shane Battier saying, "You still can't guard me." Von Wafer was thrown out of the game by his head coach Rick Adelman before the fourth quarter started. Even Jack Nicholson got in on the action giving the refs a lovely gesture. All that said, the Lakers finally looked like they understood that these playoff games are the road to their NBA championship. Bryant led all scorers with 40 points while Pau Gasol was strong with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Yao Ming was in foul trouble getting only 12 points in 26 minutes played for the Rockets. While game one was physical who knew it would be a prelude to this game? This has officially become a series, and it will be a great one to watch. And I'll issue a mea culpa now: I have underestimated the Rockets. Meanwhile it remains to be seen if Fisher gets suspended for his hit.

LA Dodgers defeat Washington Nationals 10-3. 13 consecutive wins to start the season. Not only does that break the modern MLB record set in 1911 by the Detroit Tigers, it ties an LA Dodger record for consecutive home games won set back in 1993. Clayton Kershaw didn't pitch his best game yet somehow was good enough to get his first win of the season. Despite getting into three-ball counts to eight batters and loading the bases in the first, he got the out of most of his jams going five inning giving up only one run on four hits and three walks with five strikeouts. The Dodgers broke the game open in the sixth inning playing seven runs to leave no doubt. Brent Leach made his first major league appearance in the ninth getting the final three outs to cement the victory.