LAst Night's Action: It's Still a Lakers Win
Shannon Brown's eyes were wide open after dunking on the Jazz. AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill
LA Lakers defeat Utah Jazz 119-109. The Lakers came out red hot scoring 41 points in the first quarter, but the Jazz never gave up. What was once a 20 point Laker lead in the second quarter shrank to 11 points at half. In fact the Jazz whittled it down to three points in the fourth quarter. Andrew Bynum started out hot with 10 points then decided to do his imitation of Kwame Brown going scoreless for the rest of the game. Kobe Bryant scored 26 points with six rebounds and nine assists while Pau Gasol notched 22 points. Trevor Ariza made a spectacular three down the stretch ending with 13 points and a career playoff high nine assists. The Laker's unsung hero Shannon Brown pitched in with 12 points making two of three three-pointers attempted. The Jazz stayed in the game by the herculean effort of Deron Williams who scored 35 points with six threes. The Lakers take a 3-0 lead going into Salt Lake City Thursday night.
Houston Astros defeat LA Dodgers 8-5. It's a tale of two Kershaws. Coming off a 13 strikeout one-hit performance in his last outing against San Francisco, Clayton Kershaw made the start at Minute Maid Park which in no way resembled his last one. Kershaw only lasted 4 1/3 innings giving up six runs on eight hits and two walks with only three strikeouts on 86 pitches. The Dodgers made it very interesting in the ninth inning eventually loading the bases with Russell Martin at bat. He struck out swinging to end the game. Manny hit a booming two-run homer in the seventh inning to straight away center field that measured 437 feet. The game was the debut for tv play-by-play announcer Eric Collins who did a great job. My only complaint was that he and color commentator Steve Lyons sound very similar.
San Jose Sharks defeat Anaheim Ducks 4-3. No team wants to win on their home ice. In the first two games the Sharks went 0-for-12 in power play situations. The Sharks turned that around scoring two power play goals including the go-ahead goal midway through the third period. It was a pretty even game in both penalties and shots scored. An interesting note of the game was that five of the seven goals scored were scored by defensemen. The Ducks will host Game Four on Thursday with a 2-1 lead in the series against the overall one-seed.
LA Angels defeat Detroit Tigers 4-3. Some home cooking was in store for the Angels after having a miserable six game road trip where they won only once and gave up a cycle. Gary Matthews, Jr. was the hero of the game after hitting an RBI double in the eighth inning that put the Angels ahead for good. Torii Hunter hit his fifth homer of the year in the fifth inning with no one on and two outs sending Tiger's starter Armando Galarraga to the pine.