LAst Night's Action: Lakers Regain Swagger in Road Win Over Spurs
LA Lakers defeat San Antonio Spurs 92-83. After looking pretty dreadful in the first half, things clicked with the Lakers in the second half. Bad shots, turnovers and a nonexistent defense plagued the Lakers in the first half. But the fourth quarter. Oh boy that fourth quarter. Three Ron Artest steals, one Pau Gasol steal and a heavy dose of Kobe Bryant sealed the deal for the Lakers. For the first time in a long while the Lakers looked like a championship caliber team. Kobe led the Lakers with 24 points and six assists while Lamar Odom added 19 points and 13 rebounds. Ron Artest’s offense is starting to catch up to his defense with 16 points, eight rebounds, five steals and a block while Pau Gasol added 10 points, 12 rebounds and two steals. One thing the Lakers did a good job limiting Tim Duncan all night long. Duncan had only six points but grabbed 12 rebounds. Manu Ginobli had 24 points while George Hill added 21.
Colorado Avalanche defeat LA Kings 4-3 (SO). The Kings came out of the gates strong setting the tempo and killing on the forecheck. But it was the Avs who scored first when Matt Hendricks got one in thanks to the puck ricocheting off of Kings defenseman Jack Johnson’s skate. Anze Kopitar evened things up for the Kings at the exact midway point of the first period off of a Wayne Simmonds ricochet on a wrap-around. At that point the Kings outshot the Avs 5-3. Then came the penalties. Brad Richardson double-minor high stick. Sean O’Donnell cross checking. Fredric Modin delay of game. Jack Johnson roughing. All of it led to power play goals by Milan Hejduk and Paul Stastny to give the Avs the 3-1 lead and Kings goalie Jonathan Quick pulled in favor of Erik Ersberg. The Kings would be aggressive in their checking in the remainder of the game which frustrated the Avs and caused them to commit penalties. Drew Doughty took advantage 40 seconds into the third period with a wrister from the blue line, and Alexander Frolov got one with 1:21 left after the Kings pulled Ersberg to take a 6-on-4 advantage. In overtime the Kings didn’t allow a shot by the Avs, but none of the five the Kings shot went in. While Chris Stewart hit the winner in the shoot out for the Avs, the Kings get a point out of it and take sole possession of fifth place in the Western Conference.
Vancouver Canucks defeat Anaheim Ducks 4-1. It was too much Sedins for the Ducks. Daniel Sedin scored a goal and two assists while twin brother Henrik added three assists as the Canucks ran out to a 3-0 lead by the second period. The Canucks played Andrew Raycroft at goal in favor of Roberto Luongo who was still shell shocked from the Canucks 3-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers the night before. Raycroft made 30 saves while Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller made 26 saves. Saku Koivu had the only goal for the Ducks midway through the third period. The Ducks had plenty of scoring chances but Raycroft and the Canuck defense would not allow anything else to get into the net.
LA Clippers at Houston Rockets. 5:30 pm FS Prime Ticket, AM 980 KFWB.
LA Kings at St. Louis Blues. 5:00 pm FSWest, AM 1150 KTLK.