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LAst Night's Action: Lakers Continue to Scrap and Win

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LA Lakers defeat Houston Rockets 103-102 (OT). Kobe Bryant scored 41 points, his 98th career game with over 40 points and Andrew Bynum scored 17 points and 17 rebounds as the Lakers clung on for the win. As in the playoffs last season, the Lakers allowed the Rockets easy points in the paint. However they managed to play good defense at the end of the overtime period to take out the Rockets. This was the first game for Ron Artest and Trevor Ariza facing their former teams. Both scored 15 points. Here's a very telling stat for the Lakers that should be of concern. Derek Fisher in 34 minutes scored 0 points going 0-for-5 from the field. Now for some good news. Pau Gasol could return to the starting lineup on Friday in Memphis.

Notable Notes

  • Yesterday news came out that Vicente Padilla Plaxico-ed himself in his home country of Nicaragua, shooting himself in his leg. He checked in then check out of the hospital in Managua not needing intensive medical care. But then things got hazy. It was his bodyguard that accidentally shot him. Then he was on a hunting trip. Then it was a trainer who shot. Oh no, now he was at target practice. So what was it? Does anybody know?
  • Congratulations to the New York Yankees on winning their 27th World Series by defeating the Philadelphia Phillies 7-3 in Game Six. This is their first championship since 2000They played like a team which is something their huge payroll of the last nine years couldn't buy. Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia and AJ Burnett are among the Yankees who won their first ring. Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada now have their fifth. Now ladies and gentleman: HOT STOVE TIME!

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Nashville Predators at Anaheim Ducks. 7:00 pm FS Prime Ticket, AM 830 KLAA.

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Pittsburgh Penguins at LA Kings. 7:30 pm FSWest, AM 1150 KTLK.