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LAst Night's Action: Lakers Roll Through the Midwest

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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.

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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.