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LAst Night's Action: Lakers Outshoot Bucks

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LA Lakers defeat Milwaukee Bucks 118-107. Defense? The Lakers showed they weren’t all that interested in defense making it look like they would need another last-second Kobe Bryant jumper in overtime to beat the Bucks at the Bradley Center as was the case on Dec. 16, 2009.

Thanks to the Bucks hitting five three-pointers in the first quarter it really did look like the Phoenix game all over. In fact the Lakers and Bucks would exchange shots throughout the first half as defense was definitely played as a luxury option and both teams shooting over 50%.

After the Lakers came out flat in the second quarter allowing the Bucks to take a six-point lead, the Lakers finally seemed to pull away as the Bucks couldn’t get the ball to go through the net with the Lakers taking a 90-81 lead.

Then Shannon Brown usurped the title of “The Closer” from Kobe Bryant as he scored 10 consecutive points for the Lakers with Bryant on the bench to keep the Bucks an arm’s-length away. Brown scored 21 points off the bench with 16 coming in the fourth quarter alone. Bryant and Bucks wunderkind Brandon Jennings led all scorers with 31 points while Pau Gasol had his usual double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

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Anaheim Ducks defeat Dallas Stars 2-1. The road has not been nice to the Ducks. After losing to Chicago in overtime, they lose to Dallas in front of the 500 faithful in the American Airlines Center driving their road record to 3-7-1.

Marcus Vinnerborg from Sweden became the first European to referee an NHL game, and he was front-and-center at 13:48 calling a tripping penalty on Paul Mara.

After Todd Marchant had a breakaway chance shorthanded during the Stars power-play thanks to Mike Ribeiro’s turnover deep in the Dallas zone, the Stars responded when Brad Richards at the blue line passed the puck to Steve Ott between the circles and squirted it past Jonas Hiller for the Stars first lead in 10 periods.

The Ducks had many chances to get in the game thanks to some severe lapses by the Dallas blue-liners, however Keri Lehtonen gloved everything that came his way. That was until Corey Perry got a power-play goal of his own in the second period to tie the game.

Brad Richards scored the go-ahead goal in the third period that had to be reviewed to see if the puck did in fact cross the line.

UCLA Bruins defeat Pacific Tigers 57-44.

TONIGHT’S ACTION

LA Lakers (9-2) at Detroit Pistons (4-7). 4:30 p.m. KCAL9, AM 710 KSPN.

LA Clippers (1-10) at Minnesota Timberwolves (3-9). 5:00 p.m. FS Prime Ticket, AM 980 KFWB.

Columbus Blue Jackets (18 pts., 9-6-0) at LA Kings (24 pts., 12-4-0). 7:30 p.m. FSWest, AM 1150 KTLK.

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Anaheim Ducks (22 pts., 10-8-2) at Minnesota Wild (18 pts., 8-6-2). 5:00 p.m. FSWest, AM 830 KLAA.

Rider Broncs (1-1) at USC Trojans (2-0). 7:30 p.m.