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LAst Night's Action: Lakers Overwhelm Spurs' Reserves, Bynum Injured

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LA Lakers defeat San Antonio Spurs 102-93. With the Spurs sitting their starters in favor of the Austin Toros, the Lakers had a surefire game to break their five game losing streak and puff their chests out a little as they head into the playoffs. Well it turns out Spurs’ head coach Gregg Popovich decision to sit his starters was the smart one since none of them got hurt. Meanwhile Andrew Bynum left the game in the second quarter with a hyper-extended right knee. He will get an MRI on Wednesday.

Meanwhile the Spurs’ reserves really took it to the Lakers taking a lead in the fourth quarter. But finally the Lakers got serious and made some shots to close out the game. But if anyone saw the third quarter of this game, the first round of the women’s NCAA basketball tournament would have been more entertaining.

Kobe Bryant in addition to the 27 points he scored got his 15th technical foul of the season. If he gets one in the season finale against the Kings, he will be suspended for the first game of next season - whenever that may be. Lamar Odom added 23 points off the bench.

San Francisco Giants defeat LA Dodgers 5-4. For once the Giants got a gift from the Dodgers - a wild pitch by Blake Hawksworth in the seventh inning to score Aaron Rowand from third base. This after Marcus Thames led off the top of the seventh with a pinch-hit homer off of Jeremy Affeldt to tie the game. That’s not to say the Giants tried to give away the game yet again in the fourth inning when James Loney’s dribbling grounder to first base was fumbled by first baseman Brandon Belt. The Dodgers would go on to score three runs in that inning. Neither Chad Billingsley nor Tim Lincecum were sharp with Billingsley lasting only five innings while Lincecum only got one out in the sixth inning.

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LA Angels defeat Cleveland Indians 2-0. I don’t know what is more remarkable: Peter Bourjos’ first homer of the season in the third inning; Mark Trumbo’s first homer of his Major League career; or Dan Haren’s complete-game one-hit shutout. Collectively they broke the Indians’ eight-game win streak who got a good start from Fausto Carmona who went 7 2/3 innings striking out six.

TONIGHT’S ACTION

LA Lakers at Anaheim Royals Sacramento Kings. 7:30 p.m. KCAL9, AM 710 KSPN.

Nashville Predators at Anaheim Ducks. Game 1 of the first round of Stanley Cup Playoffs. 7:30 p.m. KDOC, AM 830 KLAA.

LA Dodgers at San Francisco Giants. 7:15 p.m. FS Prime Ticket, AM 790 KABC.

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Cleveland Indians at LA Angels. 4:05 p.m. KCOP, AM 830 KLAA.

Memphis Grizzlies at LA Clippers. 7:30 p.m. FSWest, AM 980 KFWB.

LA Galaxy at Toronto FC. 5:00 p.m. AM 1330 KWKW.