LAst Night's Action: Lakers Roll Through the Midwest
LA Lakers defeat Minnesota Timberwolves 112-95. Darko was indeed freed. Darko Milicic scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, but that wasn’t enough for the Timberwolves to come away with the win over the Lakers.
Kobe Bryant despite shooting only 8-for-27 did score 23 points while Pau Gasol had another one of his ho-hum double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds. But the bench player of the game was Matt Barnes who went a perfect 7-for-7 including all five three-point attempts in his 24 point, seven rebound, six assist effort in 24 minutes.
Kevin Love, who guaranteed a 20-20 night on the Dan Patrick Show on Thursday, did not score a point but had seven rebounds and three assists.
Buffalo Sabres defeat LA Kings 4-2. The Kings’ fell asleep at the wheel in the third period allowing the Sabres to score twice and get their third home win of the season.
Dustin Brown led off the scoring taking Anze Kopitar’s pass and beating goalie Ryan Miller 4:57 in the first period. It looked like the Kings defense had returned to form, until early in the second period when Andrej Sekera on the first shift at 0:37.
However it still looked good for the Kings especially when they pressured in the Buffalo zone and came away with a Wayne Simmonds score 8:25 in the second period.
But the Kings started committing penalties which allowed Thomas Vanek and Tim Connolly to score power-play goals 15:22 in the second period and 2:10 in the third period respectively. Jochen Hecht iced the game with an even-handed goal 15:21 in the third to send the Kings off to Boston with a third consecutive loss.