LAst Night's Action: Lakers Get Past Denver in Game 7
LA Lakers defeat Denver Nuggets 96-87. What a difference a Game 7 makes. While Andrew Bynum had to eat his words about close out games sometimes being easy the last two games, the entire Laker squad showed up to finally advance to the second round of the playoffs.
While the Lakers' were sitting pretty with a 16-point lead in the third quarter, the Nuggets went on a 22-6 run to tie the game in the final minute of the quarter. The Nuggets eventually took a five-point lead in the fourth quarter, the Lakers woke up from their slumber to close out the series.
Steve Blake was a huge catalyst for the Lakers with 19 points, going 5-of-6 from behind the arc. Ron Artest added 15 points in his first game from a seven-game suspension.
Meanwhile the bigs who were absent in Denver in Game 6 showed up. Pau Gasol had 23 points with 17 rebounds while Andrew Bynum had 16 points with 18 rebounds.
All of that to go with Kobe's 17 points which look paltry in comparison.
The Lakers now get to make a trip to Oklahoma City where Artest's elbow is public enemy no. 1.
LA Angels defeat Texas Rangers 4-2. Angels' starter C.J. Wilson did something that had not been done in the Major Leagues in 11 years: start a game on consecutive days. Since his outing was cut short after 22 pitches to five batters in the first inning Friday night thanks to a one hour, 56-minute rain delay, manager Mike Scioscia gave him the start.
After being tagged for four runs and the loss Friday night, it was just as well Wilson got the no decision Saturday afternoon. After a Craig Gentry single in the fifth inning cut the Angels' lead to 2-1, Josh Hamilton who had struck out twice against Wilson earlier in the game hit a blast to right field to tie the game in the sixth inning.
Mark Trumbo hit a two run homer in the fourth inning against Rangers' starter Matt Harrison while sacrifice flies by Kendrys Morales and Mike Trout in the seventh inning broke the tie.
LA Dodgers defeat Colorado Rockies 2-1. Despite a small grease fire in the Dugout Club kitchen requiring an evacuation of the chefs before batting practice, the pitching in the game cooled things off in the Stadium.
LA Galaxy tie Montreal Impact 1-1. Davy Arnaud gave the Impact the lead in the eighth minute. David Beckham tied the game on a free kick in the 62nd minute in front of 60,890 in Stade Olympique, the largest crowd in Canada for a professional soccer match.
LA Kings at Phoenix Coyotes. 5:00 p.m. NBC Sports Net, AM 1150 KTLK.
LA Clippers at Memphis Grizzlies. 10:00 a.m. ABC, AM 980 KFWB.
Colorado Rockies at LA Dodgers. 1:10 p.m. FS Prime Ticket, AM 790 KABC.
LA Angels at Texas Rangers. 5:05 p.m. ESPN, AM 830 KLAA, AM 710 KSPN.