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LAst Night's Action: Lakers Scratch out a Win

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LA Lakers defeat Milwaukee Bucks 104-98. The Lakers played another awful half of basketball but came back with effort in the second half to close out their seven game road trip with a win. They got stops on defense in the fourth quarter, but the Bucks made a late burst to come within three points with less than a minute remaining. Kobe Bryant scored 30 points while Pau Gasol had 15 points and Lamar Odom had a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds. The Lakers have seven games remaining with road games at Sacramento and Portland - both teams they have troubles with on the road.

New Orleans Hornets defeat LA Clippers 104-98. The Clippers played a very close game throughout but just came up short. Hm. That's a familiar refrain. What more needs to be said?

Notable Notes

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  • Tim Floyd will be leaving the USC basketball team to be the head coach for the Arizona Wildcats. Floyd led the Trojans to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances for the first time in USC history including a Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2007 and a Pac-10 Conference Tournament Championship this year. He had a 85-50 record and will take over a floundering Arizona program that somehow made the Sweet Sixteen this year. Matt "Money" Smith during Lakers Line on AM 570 KLAC said Ben Howland protege and current Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon is rumored to replace Floyd. More on this in the coming days.