LAst Night's Action: Pau Returns
LA Lakers defeat Chicago Bulls 108-93. In Pau Gasol’s first game with the Lakers this season, the team looked completely different. It helped that Gasol played like he missed no time scoring six of the Lakers’ first seven points. He led all scorers with 24 points and 13 rebounds. It did cut into Andrew Bynum’s numbers a little who scored 11 points and eight rebounds in 24 minutes. Kobe Bryant scored 21 points overtaking Kareem Adbul-Jabbar for second place in franchise scoring in the process. The Lakers dominated the paint and played a very balanced game.
Anaheim Ducks defeat Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 (OT). Ducks fans showed their class when the Captain Scott Niedermayer gave his stick to a little girl in the stands when being announced as the first star of the game. Being in the bottom of the Western Conference, the Ducks really needed to start winning after an abysmal road trip. The Ducks took a 3-0 lead a third of the way through the second period but couldn’t hold on. The Lightning scored two quick goals a minute after the Duck’s last goal within 18 seconds of each other. The Ducks started the third period down a man with their best penalty killer Todd Marchant in the penalty box which led to the tying goal by Martin St. Louis. But in the overtime period an iffy cross checking violation by Tampa Bay’s Ryan Malone led to the game winning goal by Niedermayer. While it’s early in the season, the Ducks really need to start focusing on getting in good shots while they are playing even handed.
Denver Nuggets at LA Clippers. 7:30 pm FS Prime Ticket, ESPN, AM 980 KFWB.
CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners at UCLA Bruins. 7:30 pm FSWest, AM 570 KLAC.