LAst Night's Action: Lakers Respond
It's always a good sign when you see this in the fourth quarter. AP Photo/Chris Pizzello
LA Lakers defeat Houston Rockets 118-78. The start of the game was very touch and go. The Rockets were setting good screens and moving the ball crisply. The was tied 18-18 at the 5:20 mark in the first quarter when the Lakers dropped the hammer. They took advantage of every Houston turnover making this game a complete laugher in the second quarter with the Lakers leading by 25 points at the half. The question would remain whether the Lakers had the killer instinct, and they answered it by going up by 40 points by the end of the third quarter. The Laker's second unit was inserted for the duration of the fourth quarter and didn't let one point of the lead slip away. Kobe Bryant scored 26 points getting to the paint more than he did in that abomination that happened on Sunday. Pau Gasol scored 16 points and nabbed 13 rebounds while five other players scored double digits. Even Lamar Odom hobbled with a lower back contusion who didn't figure to play much scored 10 points in his 18 minutes in the game. Every Laker who played scored. Meanwhile the Rockets shot only 32.6% while going 5-for-29 from three. Before the game Rockets forward Shane Battier said in order for the Rockets to win they had to attempt 30-40 three pointers. Well they got close in attempts but no where close in points. The Lakers look to close out the series Thursday night in Houston.
Anaheim Ducks defeat Detroit Red Wings 2-1. First of all Red Wings fans are gross. Smuggling in octopus to throw on the rink is nasty. The slime, the stench despite boiling it down. EW! And yes, an octopus did make its way onto the ice early in the third period in Anaheim. Ryan Getzlaf was the catalyst for the Ducks to push a game seven scoring a power play goal early in the second period while assisting on Corey Perry's goal late in the second. And what's a Ducks victory without Jonas Hiller? Hiller saved 38 of the 39 Detroit shots on goal. The most entertaining part of the game occurred after the final horn sounded when all hell broke loose. Scott Niedermayer and Pavel Datsyuk exchanged bare knuckle punches while Corey Perry, Ryan Getzalf tangled with Brian Rafalski. Todd Marchant was somehow involved in the whole thing, and it will remain to be seen who if anyone gets suspended.
Philadelphia Phillies defeat LA Dodgers 5-3. Walks kill you in baseball. Ask Clayton Kershaw who gave up four walks in his five innings pitched. That combined with the four hits allowed the Phillies to drop a four-spot on him. Another by-product of walks is a high pitch count. In those five innings and one batter he faced in the sixth he ran up a pitch count of 98. Another thing that doesn't help is allowing the opposing team to steal bases. Well especially in the seventh inning when Jayson Werth stole second, third off of Will Ohman then for that cherry on top stole home when Ronald Belisario came in relief of Ohman. The promising thing was the Dodgers fought in the ninth with the winning run at the plate. Hopefully they can parlay that into tonight's game.
Boston Red Sox defeats LA Angels 4-3. The bullpen was starting to look better recently, then the Red Sox came into time. Jered Weaver gave the Angels seven innings giving up only one run, leaving the game with a two run advantage. Jose Arrendondo gave up two hits and a walk yielding two runs while getting only one batter out. Darren Oliver then came in only to hit David Ortiz by a pitch. After getting the cane, Scot Shields came in and stopped the bleeding in the eighth. But he came in the ninth only to give up the winning run. This is not a winning formula for the Angels.
LA Dodgers at Philadelphia Phillies. Randy Wolf vs. Jamie Moyer. 4:05 pm FS Prime Ticket, AM 790 KABC.
Boston Red Sox at LA Angels. Tim Wakefield vs. Matt Palmer. 7:05 pm FS West, AM 830 KLAA/AM 980 KFWB.