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LAst Night's Action: Lakers Regain Form in Playoff Win Against Thunder

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LA Lakers defeat Oklahoma City Thunder 87-79. The Lakers responded to all critics and shut down NBA regular season scoring champion Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. With Ron Artest harassing Durant all game long Durant did score 24 however he did have 24 shot attempts - not a good ratio. While Russell Westbrook tried to pick up some slack with 23 points helping the Thunder cut into the Lakers lead in the third quarter. But no one else on the Thunder responded, and the Lakers just did their thing. With Andrew Bynum and Kobe Bryant back in the lineup, it was like the last six weeks didn’t happen. Bynum had 13 points and 12 rebounds while Pau Gasol also had a double-double with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Kobe led the Lakers with 21 points.

LA Dodgers defeat San Francisco Giants 2-1. You can read my recap of the game here. It was the most enjoyable Dodgers game to watch this season.

LA Angels defeat Toronto Blue Jays 3-1. Angels’ starter Ervin Santana had a bounce back start by pitching a complete game. In fact Santana had a shutout going with two outs in the ninth inning when he gave up a homer to Adam Lind that broke it up. But Santana got Vernon Wells to line out to centerfielder Reggie Willits to end the game. The game was a scoreless tie until the sixth inning when Hideki Matsui hit an RBI double sending Erick Aybar home. The Angels would give Santana some breathing room in the top of the ninth inning when Mike Napoli pinch running for Matsui came home on a fielding error by Jays’ first baseman Lyle Overbay on a Kendry Morales grounder. Catcher Jeff Mathis doubled scoring Morales. With both Santana and Blue Jays’ starter Ricky Romero both having excellent games, the afternoon affair took all of two hours, 21 minutes.