LAst Night's Action: No Love for Clips
Minnesota Timberwolves defeat LA Clippers 95-94. The Timberwolves made it rain three’s throughout the night with former UCLA Bruin Kevin Love knocked down five of the 11 Minnesota sank. Despite that and his 39 points, 17 rebounds, the Clippers had a chance to send it to extras. Inexplicably Chris Paul was fouled as he was shooting a three-pointer by Derrick Williams as the seconds ticked down with the Clippers trailing 95-92. Automatic overtime right? One free throw, two free throw, three free throw clank.
Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 26 points while Chris Paul will continue to rue his 19th point that didn’t happen. And for those keeping score, the Clippers have lost all three meetings against the T-Wolves and fall to second place behind the Lakers in the Pacific Division.
Moral of the story: don’t fuck with Clipper Darrell.
Anaheim Ducks defeat Edmonton Oilers 4-2. Teemu Selanne’s career 1,398th NHL point came on Bobby Ryan’s go-ahead goal midway in the third period, a nice shake-n-bake that got Oilers’ goalie Nikolai Khabibulin out of position. The assist ties him with fellow Finn Jari Kurri for 19th all-time in points. Meanwhile Corey Perry scored his 200th goal late in the period, an insurance goal that turned out to be quite necessary as it turned out.
Jordan Eberle got the Oilers one goal closer late in the game while on the power-play and the sixth attacker. However Perry scored his 201st goal soon afterwards on an empty-netter that seemed like putting a ball into a hole the size of the Grand Canyon.
But the most impressive performance of the night came from Ducks’ netminder Jonas Hiller who was bombarded with 22 shots in the second period alone. Amazingly he only let one through at the end of the period.
LA Lakers at Detroit Pistons. 4:30 p.m. KCAL9, AM 710 KSPN.
LA Kings at Nashville Predators. 5:00 p.m. FSWest, AM 1150 KTLK.