Saturday, November 15, 2008
The Los Angeles Lakers were defeated by the Detroit Pistons 106-95, suffering their first loss of the season. LA shot only .421 and were too inconsistent to defeat Detroit. Kobe Bryant had 29 points, putting him at 22nd on the all time scoring list, ahead of Larry Bird and Gary Payton. Allen Iverson and Rasheed Wallace both led the Pistons with 25 points, and former Laker Kwame Brown had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Lakers look to rebound against the Bulls on Tuesday.
Friday, November 14, 2008
MLB.com reports that the Los Angeles Dodgers have pulled their offer to OF Manny Ramirez of $45 million over two years with a third year option. GM Ned Colletti will still pursue Ramirez during the offseason, but any offer will be based on offers from other clubs. The Dodgers are also interested in lefty Randy Johnson, who left the Arizona Diamondbacks after an 11 win season. The Dodgers need a veteran presence in the rotation with the departures of Brad Penny and Derek Lowe.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
The UCLA Bruins men's basketball team defeated Prairie View A&M 82-58 in the two teams' first game of the season. The Bruins committed 24 turnovers, but the offense helped make up for it. Jrue Holiday had 11 points in his debut, and All-American Darren Collison led UCLA with 19 points. Darnell Hugee led Prairie View with 22 points.
The Los Angeles Clippers lost to the Sacramento Kings to go 1-7. The Kings led for the entire game, shooting .525 from inside the arch, while the Clips shot only .442. Beno Udrih gave the Kings 30 points and 7 assists, and Al Thornton led LA with 20 points. Baron Davis had the best game of his Clipper career with 16 points, 12 of which coming from the 3-pointer.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the New Orleans Hornets 93-86 to go 7-0. The Lakers held the Hornets to just 30 points in the first half, but gave up 34 in the fourth quarter that let New Orleans get back into the game. Both Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher had 20 points, while D-Fish sank four 3-pointers. Chris Paul, Kobe's Team USA teammate, scored 30 points, 16 of which came in the fourth quarter, with 13 assists. Andrew Bynum had 14 points with 8 rebounds and 4 blocked shots, and Pau Gasol contributed 14 as well. Kobe hit a late 3-pointer with 1:08 left in the game to stifle a late New Orleans comeback.
The Los Angeles Kings defeated the Dallas Stars in a shootout. Alexander Frolov scored the winning goal in the shootout against Stars goalie Marty Turco, and Kings goalie Erik Ersberg blocked a shot from Mike Modano in the fifth round to get the win. The Kings scored two goals in the first round, and won the shootout 2-1.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
The Los Angeles Lakers did what Barack Obama did exactly a week ago: defeat Mavericks. In the Lakers' case, that would be the Dallas Mavericks. LA defeated Dallas 106-99 after trailing for a majority of the game. Dallas scored 35 points in the first quarter, 60 in the entire first half, but just 39 in the second half. Jason Kidd had a triple-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Kobe Bryant scored 27 points, and the Lakers used a 30-9 run during the third and fourth quarters to take the lead. Pau Gasol contributed with 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Andrew Bynum had 11 points and 10 re's. Trevor Ariza scored 13 points, while Lamar Odom finished with 12. The Lakers go to New Orleans tomorrow to play the Hornets.
Monday, November 10, 2008
The USC Trojans moved up to #6 in the BCS Rankings after defeating #21 Cal on Saturday. BCS officials will be faced with a tough challenge as what to do with USC and Oregon State, as the Beavers (tied with USC in conference standings) lead the Pac-10 by default, but the Trojans are higher in the rankings. Oregon State would most likely go to the Rose Bowl, while USC would go to one of the other three major bowl games (Fiesta, Sugar, Orange) if this trend continues.
The Los Angeles Clippers attained their first win of the season, defeating the Dallas Mavericks 103-92. Dallas tied the score in the fourth, but the Clips went on a 13-0 run to knock off the Mavs. Al Thornton gave LA 17 points, 14 of which were scored in the second half, while Baron Davis had one of his best games with 22 points and 10 assists. Dirk Nowitzki gave the Mavs 33 points.
The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Houston Rockets 111-82, the team's first real test of the season. Houston was held to just 34 points in the second half after having led 32-16 in the first quarter. Kobe Bryant had 23 points, while Pau Gasol had 20 points, 15 rebounds, and 3 blocks. For the Rockets, Aaron Brooks led the team with 20 points, while Yao Ming had 12 with 8 rebounds.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
The Los Angeles Dodgers are still a possible trade destination for Jake Peavy, says ESPN. They are however a long shot behind the Cubs and Braves, as an interdivisional trade would require the Dodgers to give up much more compared to Chicago or Atlanta.
The UCLA Bruins lost to the Oregon State Beavers 34-6 in Pasadena. The game was tied 3-3 at halftime, and from their things fell apart for the blue and gold. Kevin Craft threw two picks, while counterpart Sean Canfield threw two TDs. Oregon St. still leads the Pac-10 by default due to a victory over USC.
The Los Angeles Clippers lost to the Houston Rockets on Friday 92-83. Ron Artest led the Rockets with 23 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists. Chris Kaman led the Clips with his best game of the season, with 23 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 blocks. LA is still trying to achieve their first win, a direct contrast with the Lakers who still have not suffered a loss.