LAst Night's Action: Lakers Cruise While Ducks Scrape to Victories
LA Lakers defeat Minnesota Timberwolves 104-96. Against the team that lost to the Phoenix Suns 152-114 Tuesday night, the Lakers just cruised throughout the game content to let them hang around. They even let the Wolves take a lead in the third quarter. But in the end the Lakers were just too much. Kobe Bryant ended up with a season high 13 assists, seven in the first quarter, along with 22 points. Pau Gasol also had a double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds. However the injury bug is creeping back in with Andrew Bynum leaving the game with a strained Achilles tendon early in the third quarter. Head coach Phil Jackson also mentioned after the game that Lamar Odom injured his shoulder during his 18 point effort.
Anaheim Ducks defeat New York Islanders 5-4 (OT). Despite being down 4-2 midway through the third period, the Ducks rallied to get the game to overtime when Saku Koivu took over 14 seconds in the extra period with an unassisted goal. After the teams answered each others’ goals to end the first period in a 2-2 tie, the Islanders took a 4-2 lead thanks to power play goals by Kyle Okposo and John Tavares. Jason Blake scored a power play goal for the Ducks halfway through the third period, and the Ducks just took over attacking Islanders net minder Martin Biron relentlessly. However still down by one in the final minute, they pulled the goalie for the extra attacker which led to the Lubomir Visnovsky’s second goal of the game which tied the game with 32 seconds left in the game. Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller was pulled after Okposo’s goal in the second period having given up three goals on 17 shots. Back up Curtis McElhinney allowed one goal on 14 shots for the remainder of the game. The Ducks have now won three games in a row and are looking like a pretty decent club while the Islanders have to turn it around and face a desperate Kings team Saturday night.