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LAst Night's Action: Lakers Just Clownin' Around in DE-troit

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LA Lakers defeat Detroit Pistons 103-90. Turbulence thanks to the rain and wind and a hard landing that had even radio broadcaster Mychal Thompson a bit shaken couldn’t stop the Lakers. Thanks to the steady hands of Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, the fears of a back-to-back on the road were dispelled as the Lakers cruised to victory in The Palace of Auburn Hills.

The Lakers were in control of the game from opening tip and were helped by Richard Hamilton who received two technical fouls despite not being demonstrative after fouling Bryant with 7:01 left in the first quarter and summarily ejected. With his 13 points per game out, the remaining Pistons struggled to find a scorer to help compensate.

Not first year Piston Tracy McGrady coming off the bench scoring only three points in 15 minutes. Not Will Bynum who usually gives the Lakers fits with his six points in 18 minutes off the bench. Even the starters struggled: Rodney Stuckey’s 18 points; Tayshaun Prince’s 13 points; Austin Daye’s 12 points.

Their 39% shooting paled in comparison to Bryant’s near double-double of 33 points and nine rebounds, Gasol’s double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds and Lamar Odom’s 15 points and 14 rebounds. The bench scoring wasn’t even needed on this night.

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The only positive for the Pistons was that they only turned the ball over five times. Imagine the blowout they would have endured had they been sloppier.

The Lakers will now head over to Minneapolis to visit their old friend Kurt Rambis and his Timberwolves.

Minnesota Timberwolves defeat LA Clippers 113-111. And speaking of the Wolves, despite blowing a seven-point fourth quarter lead they manage to pull it out with a contested Michael Beasley jumper with 2.3 seconds left in the game.

However the battle of the game was between the bigs - Blake Griffin for the Clips and Kevin Love for the Wolves. It was a pretty even fight with Griffin barely edging out Love: 26 points and 17 rebounds versus 24 points and 14 rebounds. That being said the Clippers really had no answer for the difference-maker Beasley who torched the Clippers with 33 points.

All Clippers starters scored in double digits with Eric Gordon leading the way with 30 points. Besides not being able to stop Beasley, especially when it counted in the final seconds of the game, the Clippers shot only 8-for-23 (34.8%) from behind the arc. Uy!

Columbus Blue Jackets defeat LA Kings 5-3. Read my recap of the game.

Minnesota Wild defeat Anaheim Ducks 2-1 (OT).

Rider Broncs defeat USC Trojans 77-57.

TONIGHT’S ACTION

LA Clippers (1-11) at Indiana Pacers (4-5). 4:00 p.m. FS Prime Ticket, AM 980 KFWB.

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UCLA Bruins (4-5, 2-4 Pac-10) at Washington Huskies (3-6, 2-4 Pac-10). 5:00 p.m. ESPN, AM 570 KLAC.