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LAst Night's Action: Lakers Stymied by Rockets, Lose Second Straight

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Houston Rockets defeat LA Lakers 101-91. Rockets guard Aaron Brook blistered the Lakers for a career high 33 points as the Rockets ran circles around the Lakers and their sloppy offense. Ron Artest led the Lakers with 22 points while Andrew Bynum scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Kobe Bryant had a human game with 18 points. The Rockets, despite their tallest player barely clearing Prince sans platforms, out-rebounded the Lakers 60-38. That will do you in.

LA Clippers defeat Oklahoma City Thunder 101-93. With the Clippers nursing an eight point lead after the first half, the question of whether they could hold on to the lead came up. While they couldn’t hold the lead trailing by one going into the fourth quarter the Clippers suddenly woke up in the fourth to avenge their loss at home earlier in the week. Baron Davis scored 24 points including a crucial three pointer with less than a minute remaining in the game when the Clippers held on to a tenuous one point lead. Chris Kaman added 25 points and seven rebounds.

Notable Notes

Here are some thoughts on the day’s NFL action:

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  • In case you decided to turn the game off and watch the Lakers once the Patriots took a 31-14 lead in the fourth quarter, what an ending! After the Colts scored before the two minute warning to bring the deficit to 34-28, the Patriots had the chance to ice the game. But before the drive started they burned their second time out. After an incomplete pass on third-and-two with the clock stopped at 2:08, the Patriots had to burn their third time out.
    Then for some inexplicable reason, coach Bill Belichick decided to go for it on fourth down at their own 28 yard line. Tom Brady completed a pass to Kevin Faulk but was just short of the first down. However the Pats couldn’t challenge since they were out of time outs. Of course Peyton Manning drove the 29 yards for a touchdown with 13 seconds left in the game to win the game. The Patriots had never lost a game when they led by 13 points in the fourth quarter in 87 chances under Belichick until tonight.

    Bonus footage: The field at Lucas Oil Stadium on fire after the jump! Courtesy Sports By Brooks.