LAst Night's Action: Suns Blaze Lakers
Phoenix Suns defeat LA Lakers 118-103. Bad defense and bad shooting lost the game for the Lakers. While the Lakers overpowered the Suns in both games at the Staples Center earlier this season, the Suns defended the paint giving the Lakers’ bigs problems all night. The Suns torched the Lakers in the second half leading by as much as 22 points. While Kobe Bryant led all scorers with 34 points, Amare Stoudemire led the Suns with 26 points and six boards. The bench war was won by the Suns outscoring the Lakers’ subs 52-31. While this is the Lakers third straight mediocre game, it’s still a bit too early to panic and throw foam fingers onto the hardwood.
Minnesota Wild defeat LA Kings 4-3. With Kings players injured left and right, the Kings had fallen into a two-game losing streak. Against the Wild, things didn’t look any better for them with a forgettable second period. Drew Doughty scored a goal to tie the game 1-1 11:36 into the second period, but a power play goal by Kim Johnsson and a goal by Eric Belanger gave the Wild the 3-1 advantage. The Kings made a noble comeback in the third period tying the game at 3-3 when Scott Parse hit a wrist shot with 2:37 remaining in the game. But all that went by the wayside when the Wild’s Eric Belanger scored the winning goal for the Wild 12 seconds later. This loss sends the Kings to seventh place in the conference just weeks after they were in first place.