LAst Night's Action: Lakers Rout Hornets to First Place
LA Lakers defeat New Orleans Hornets 110-99. The Lakers hang on just long enough defensively to give the Staples Center crowd their tacos. Andrew Bynum led all scorers with 21 points and nine rebounds while Kobe Bryant scored 18. The Hornets who were without Chris Paul and Peja Stojakovic were led by former UCLA point guard Darren Collison who scored 20. The Lakers blew the game open in the second quarter taking a 20 point lead going into the locker room at the half. While the Lakers dropped off the intensity a little bit in the fourth quarter, it’s yet another win for the Lakers who take the lead in the conference thanks to the Phoenix Suns losing to the New York Knicks.
LA Kings defeat Anaheim Ducks 4-3. The Kings came out strongly with goals by Scott Parse and Justin Williams in the first half of the first period. The Ducks would eventually fight back and tie the game at 3-3 after 5:29 in the third period. In the final minutes of the game with the score still tied, the game became a frenzy with Jack Johnson (or Brad Richardson???) scoring the winning goal with 2:20 left in the game. The Kings controlled the puck for most of the game but the Ducks were able to make the most of their opportunities to keep the game close. The Kings are now fifth in the Western Conference with 34 points while the Ducks are dusting the cellar with 24 points.