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LAst Night's Action: Lakers Strike First

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LA Lakers defeat Phoenix Suns 128-107. With Kobe Bryant’s knee threatening to squirt fluids on everybody in the first row, he showed how little he cared about that and scored 40 points as he lifted the Lakers to victory. Who needs defense when Pau Gasol adds 21 points, Ron Artest gets 14 points, five rebounds, two blocks and a steal, and Lamar Odom makes an appearance with 19 points and 19 rebounds? Hell even with Kobe out in the fourth quarter, the bench kept the lead with Jordan Farmar scoring 10 and Shannon Brown with nine. The Suns’ offense had a big night also with six players scoring in double digits, but they had no answer for Kobe as the Lakers pulled away in the third quarter.

LA Dodgers defeat Houston Astros 6-2. Read my recap.

Texas Rangers defeat LA Angels 4-3. Angels’ starter Scott Kazmir has shown he is consistent: he can be relied on to give up runs. A sacrifice fly by Michael Young and consecutive RBI doubles to Ian Kinsler, Vladimir Guerrero and Nelson Cruz gave the Rangers the 4-0 lead in the third inning. The Angels’ bats tried to help out Kazmir in the fifth inning when Juan Rivera broke up Rangers’ starter Derek Holland’s no-hitter with a one-out single. Mike Napoli hit a homer to bring Rivera home and cut the deficit to 4-2. Torii Hunter led off the sixth inning with a solo homer to make it 4-3, but that’s the closest they would get.