LAst Night's Action: Lakers Regally End Losing Streak
LA Lakers defeat Sacramento Kings 113-80. The Lakers ended their four-game losing streak by having the largest margin of victory this season against the Kings. And really there was nothing pretty about the game. Lamar Odom was the only starter to play more than 30 minutes scoring 16 points. The Lakers shot 57% and outplayed the Kings from the outset.
Denver Nuggets defeat LA Clippers 109-104. The Clippers might not be winning, but they sure are entertaining. The Clippers down by three with 19 seconds left and Al Harrington of the Nuggets missing both free throws, they had a chance to send the game to overtime. But JR Smith boxed out Baron Davis which gave the Nuggets the offensive rebound, and with the ball in Chauncey Billups’ hands the Clippers had no other choice but to foul him. So close yet so far.
Chris Kaman in his return to the Clippers scored 10 points off the bench in 13 minutes. Davis had eight points off the bench including a drive from the top of the circle to the bucket untouched by any Nuggets defenders for the layup in the first quarter. Blake Griffin had 17 points and 12 rebounds in 41 minutes while Eric Gordon quietly got 24 points despite shooting 7-for-20.
Detroit Red Wings defeat Anaheim Ducks 4-0. The Red Wings made the Ducks pay for their mistakes on the ice. Lubomir Visnovsky in the opening minute of the game turns the puck over in the Ducks zone allowing Valtteri Filppula make the pass to Johan Franzen at the bottom of the left circle for the quick 1-0 lead 1:09 into the game.
In the second period goalie Jonas Hiller couldn’t freeze the puck on Henrik Zetterberg’s shot which allowed Tomas Holmstrom to clean things up for the 2-0 lead at 14:02. Danny Cleary, the Wings leading goal scorer, got in on the action with a slap shot from the right circle through traffic and past Hiller for the 3-0 lead at 18:26. Filppula closed out the game with the fourth goal at 19:29 on a good pass by Jonathan Ericsson with 31 seconds left.
The Wings now will take their show to STAPLES Center Saturday night during a football game about 13 miles north and a big tree lighting ceremony across the street at L.A. Live.
USC Trojans (7-5, 4-4 Pac-10) at UCLA Bruins (4-7, 2-6 Pac-10). 7:30 p.m. FS Prime Ticket, AM 570 KLAC (UCLA Radio), AM 710 KSPN (USC Radio).
Detroit Red Wings (36 pts., 17-4-2) at LA Kings (28 pts., 14-10-0). 7:30 p.m. FSWest, AM 1150 KTLK.