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LAst Night's Action: Kings Show Grit in Shootout Loss to Sharks

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The King's Dustin Brown mistakes himself for a puck. AP Photo/Danny Moloshok

San Jose Sharks defeat LA Kings 3-2 (SO). The Kings really brought their A-game at the Staples Center against the best team in the league. They took an early 2-0 lead in the first period, but the Sharks naturally came back to tie things up in the second period. However the Kings stayed with it and kept the Sharks scoreless for the remainder of the game. The Kings get a point for the overtime loss, and they are really showing the promise of good things to come in the future.

USC Trojans defeat Pepperdine Waves 91-77. The Trojans held a cool 23 point lead at the half, but the Waves tried to mount a second half rally. The closed to within six points with three minutes remaining in the game when USC just smashed them back in the face with a 14-6 run. Led by Taj Gibson's career-high 25 points, USC was able to send Pepperdine back to Malibu to deal with their impending mudslides.

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Notable Notes

  • Time to start the hype machine on the Lakers-Celtics match up on Christmas Day. While the Lakers seem to keep on winning in the most nondescript ways, the Celtics just seem to pound their opponents into submission. Well Henry Abbott of the True Hoop blog on the Evil Four-Letter's webpage did a nice story about Kevin Garnett's mouth. I don't know if it's just me, but once the Celtics come into the Staples Center I demand blood.
  • And the blood letting has already begun at Auburn. Over the weekend Auburn hired Iowa State head coach and former Auburn defensive coordinator Gene Chizik. The hiring of of Chizik who has gone 5-19 in two seasons with the Cyclones have drawn ire from Charles Barkley among other across the nation. But nothing came come close to one fan's reception of Auburn's athletic director Jay Jacobs at the airport:I seriously can't get enough of this! Those folks down south loves them their football. I'll just be mum about it since USC once hired a "washed up" coach to lead their football team and all he's ever done was taken them to four consecutive Rose Bowls and two national championships.

    Tonight's Action

    New York Knicks at LA Lakers. The dangerous Knicks with their high tempo offense comes to the Staples Center to give the Lakers a send-off for their four-game roadie. 7:30 pm FSWest, AM 570 KLAC.

    LA Clippers at Oklahoma City Thunder. The Clippers will look to push their winning streak to three against the awful Thunder. 5:00 pm KTLA 5, AM 710 KSPN.

    NY Rangers at Anaheim Ducks. The slumping Rangers start their West Coast trip against the tough Ducks. 7:00 pm Prime Ticket, AM 830 KLAA.