LAst Night's Action: Lakers Crush Undermanned Pistons
LA Lakers defeat Detroit Pistons 92-77. The last time the Lakers won a game at the Palace of Auburn Hills it was January 8, 2002. The Lakers won the last of their three-peat championships that season. On Thursday night the Lakers faced a Pistons team that was down Allen Iverson, Rip Hamilton and Rasheed Wallace and beat them to submission. Well except for that second quarter when the Pistons bench went on a 15-0 run against the Lakers bench thanks to turnovers and bad shooting. But the Lakers would come storming back in the second half using a 20-0 run to take back control. Kobe Bryant notched 30 points, eight rebounds and seven assists while Derek Fisher added 15 points and 12 points each for Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom. It was so bad that in the fourth quarter Kobe was serenaded with MVP chants in Detroit.
LA Kings defeat Dallas Stars 1-0 (SO). After 65 minutes of regulation and overtime play the scoreless stalemate hadn't been broken between the Kings and the Stars. Jonathan Quick had 29 saves for the Kings while Marty Turco had 30 for the Stars. After both teams scored a goal in the shootout, Justin Williams had the last shot in the third frame for the Kings. Turco had initially got the save, but his backwards momentum carried him into the net. While initially called a miss, after video replay it was correctly called a goal by the refs. This win is a moot point for the Kings this season since they are all but eliminated from playoff contention, however it is nice to see the team continuing to play strong. It's been a while but the future looks good for the Kings.
- With a great spring, James McDonald has taken the lead as the fifth starter for the Dodgers. If he makes it that would make three starters under the age of 25 for the Dodgers. Remarkable. For the bad news, Delwyn Young, Chad Billingsley, Jason Repko, Blake DeWitt and AJ Ellis have had injury problems in the last week.
- So the Sweet Sixteen is underway and both teams I have in the finals of my bracket lost: Memphis and Duke. Meanwhile Pitt had to scrape by yet again against Xavier to set up a Big East matchup against Villanova Saturday night. I'm so over this. Let's bring on the baseball season!
- If anyone is in the area, stop by Footsies in Cypress Park to help console me as I take that 30th step closer to mortality. Hm. No wonder I've been going goth lately.
LA Lakers at New Jersey Nets. 4:30 pm KCAL 9, AM 570 KLAC.
LA Clippers at San Antonio Spurs. 5:30 pm KTLA 5.
Edmonton Oilers at Anaheim Ducks. 7:00 pm FS Prime Ticket, AM 830 KLAA.
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