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LAst Night's Action: Lakers Lose a Mile High

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Denver Nuggets defeat LA Lakers 105-79. After keeping the game close in the first half, the Lakers were outscored by the Nuggets 29-8 in the third quarter to seal their fate. While Carmelo Anthony was seemingly contained thanks to foul problems in the first half, he exploded in the third quarter scoring 12 points while making the game a laugher. Both Andrew Bynum and Kobe Bryant scored 19 points while Bynum grabbed 15 rebounds.

LA Galaxy defeat Houston Dynamo 2-0. The Galaxy played a tough match against the Dynamo and outlasted them scoring twice in overtime to advance to the MLS Cup next week. In the 104th minute off of a David Beckham free kick, Gregg Berhalter scored the first goal of the game for the Galaxy and the second goal scored against Houston all season. Landon Donavan scored a penalty kick goal in the 110th minute to seal the game for the Galaxy, his 17th playoff goal which is the most in MLS history. All of this after the lights went out at the Home Depot Center twice. The first came in the 18th minute causing an 18 minute delay in the game which the Galaxy took advantage of coming out aggressive after the stoppage getting three shots on goal compared to one for the Dynamo in the first half. The second outage came in the 51st minute which lasted over another 18 minutes. This will mark an MLS-record sixth time in the MLS Cup. The Galaxy has won two in 2002 and 2005. They will face the winner of the Chicago Fire and Real Salt Lake who play this evening.

Toronto Raptors defeat LA Clippers 104-89. It looked like the Clippers were going to blow the Raptors out of Staples Center taking a 22-point lead early in the second quarter. But true to form, the Clippers let the Raptors come back. But in the fourth quarter with just under five minutes left and leading by a point, the Raptors went on a 16-0 run to end the game. Chris Kaman led all scorers with 25 points and seven rebounds while Chris Bosh from the Raptors was “held” to 21 points and 14 rebounds. The 21 points ties with the least points scored by Bosh early in the season.

Atlanta Thrashers defeat LA Kings 7-0. At the halfway point of the second period the score was tied 0-0 with the Kings having a slight advantage over the thrashers. Then everything came undone. In the span of just over five minutes, four different Thrashers scored four goals. And just to salt the wounds they scored three more in the third including a short-handed goal to cap things off. The Kings will have to shake this one off since they have another game this afternoon.

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Columbus Blue Jackets defeat Anaheim Ducks 3-2 (SO). The Ducks had a chance to win the game in overtime with a man advantage only to do nothing with it and lose being shut out in the shootout. Bobby Ryan and Todd Marchant scored goals for the Ducks while Kristian Huselius scored a power play goal in the second and the only goal in the shootout for the Blue Jackets for the win. The Ducks will also have to regroup as they face the Red Wings this afternoon.

Tonight’s Action

Stanford Cardinal at USC Trojans. 12:30 pm FS Prime Ticket, AM 710 KSPN.

UCLA Bruins at Washington State Cougars. 2:00 pm Fox College Sports Pacific (Live), FS Prime Ticket (Tape delayed at 7:00 pm), AM 570 KLAC.

Anaheim Ducks at Detroit Red Wings. 4:00 pm FS Prime Ticket, AM 830 KLAA.

LA Kings at Tampa Bay Lightning. 4:00 pm AM 1150 KTLK only.

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