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LAst Night's Action: Lakers Take One Game Lead Over Utah

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Scoreboard

LA Lakers defeat Portland Trail Blazers 113-106.
Kobe Bryant (LAL): 47 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, 4 blocks.
Pau Gasol (LAL): 23 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 blocks.
Dwight Howard (LAL): 20 points, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks, 1 assist.
Damian Lillard (POR): 38 points, 1 rebound, 9 assists, 3 steals.
LaMarcus Aldridge (POR): 17 points, 16 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals.


LA Clippers defeat Minnesota Timberwolves 111-95.
Chris Paul (LAC): 19 points, 7 rebounds, 11 assists, 4 steals, 2 blocks.
Blake Griffin (LAC): 19 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steals.
Nikola Pekovic (MIN): 20 points, 5 rebounds.
Derrick Williams (MIN): 13 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals, 1 block.


LA Dodgers defeat San Diego Padres 4-3.
W: Chad Billingsley (1-0, 1.50 ERA). L: Eric Stults (1-1, 3.60 ERA). S: Brandon League (3).
Chad Billingsley: 6IP, 5H, 1ER, 3BB, 3K, 94 pitches/54 strikes.
Eric Stults: 5IP, 8H, 4ER, 4K, 2HR, 101 pitches/68 strikes.
HR: Dodgers - Carl Crawford (1), A.J. Ellis (1). Padres - None.


Oakland Athletics defeat LA Angels 11-5.
W: Tommy Milone ( , 4.50 ERA). L: Joe Blanton (0-2, 9.00 ERA).
Joe Blanton: 5IP, 10H, 6ER, 2BB (1IBB), 1HR, 90 pitches/54 strikes.
Tommy Milone: 5IP, 7H, 4ER, 3BB, 5K, 106 pitches/62 strikes.
HR: Angels - . Athletics - Brandon Moss (2)


Colorado Avalanche defeat Anaheim Ducks 4-1.
Ducks: Teemu Selanne (11, 11:16 2nd).
Avs: John Mitchell (10, 1:04 1st), Gabriel Landeskog (8, 4:07 2nd SH), Matt Duchene (16, 7:54 2nd PP), Jaime McGinn (8, 17:30 2nd).
Saves: Jonas Hiller (ANA) - 12, Viktor Fasth (ANA) - 11; Jean-Sebastien Giguere (COL) - 21.


Not First Take. I wrote yesterday that I hoped Fred Roggin's new show "Going Roggin" would not devolve into a local version of ESPN's "First Take". As the huge LAist fan Roggin emailed me this morning, "I can assure you of one thing, it's not First Take."


Standings

NBA Western Conference
1. Oklahoma City Thunder 57-21
2. San Antonio Spurs 57-21
3. Denver Nuggets 54-24 (3 games back)
4. LA Clippers 52-26 (5)
5. Memphis Grizzlies 53-25 (4)
6. Golden State Warriors 45-33 (12)
7. Houston Rockets 44-34 (13)
8. Los Angeles Lakers 42-37 (15 1/2)
9. Utah Jazz 41-38 (16 1/2)

NHL Western Conference
1. Chicago Blackhawks 30-5-4 (64 points)
2. Anaheim Ducks 27-9-5 (59)
3. Vancouver Canucks 23-11-6 (52)
4. Los Angeles Kings 22-14-4 (48)
5. San Jose Sharks 20-12-7 (47)
6. St. Louis Blues 22-14-2 (46)
7. Minnesota Wild 22-14-2 (46)
8. Detroit Red Wings 19-5-5 (43)