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LAst Night's Action: Lakers Sweep out the Nuggets

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LA Lakers over Denver Nuggets 107-101. The Nuggets played some D. Well they didn't play D like the Detroit Pistons and they benefited from some very shaky Laker offense. But they played with enough desperation to put a scare in the Lakers. In the end, though, it was to be won by the Lakers who won their first playoff series since the 2004 Western Conference Final against the Minnesota Timberwolves and their first sweep since the 2002 NBA Finals against the New Jersey Nets. The Lakers will await the winner of the Utah Jazz-Houston Rockets series with the Jazz leading the series 3-1.

Oakland A's (17-10) over LA Angels (16-11) 14-2. After traveling late last night from Detroit to make it back to their verminy confines in Anaheim, I didn't expect the Angels to put up that much of a fight against the A's with whom they shared the lead in the AL West going into the game. All hopes of a comeback ended in the eighth inning when the Angels gave up eight runs. Angel's starter Jon Garland (3-3) gave up seven runs on ten hits in six innings and reliever Chris Bootcheck gave up seven runs in 2/3 innings to bring his ERA up to 37.80. A's starter Chad Gaudin (3-1) meanwhile only gave up two runs on five hits in six innings pitched.