Saturday, December 20, 2008
The Los Angeles Kings were defeated by the Buffalo Sabres 5-0, LA's third straight loss. The Kings took 40 shots, but none went into the net on goalie Ryan Miller. Jason LaBabera made only 10 saves on 14 shots. Each of Buffalo's five goals were scored by five different players.
The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Indiana Pacers 117-109 in double-OT, their 4th win in five games. LA outscored Indiana 12-4 in the second round of overtime to get the win. Zach Randolph continues to sizzle after leaving New York, scoring 35 points and 16 rebounds. Al Thornton scored 25, and Marcus Camby had a double-double with 2o points and 12 rebounds. Baron Davis had 18 points with 11 assists. Four of Indiana's starters were out with infections, and Jarrett Jack led the Pacers with 27 points and 7 assists.
The Los Angeles Lakers were defeated by the Miami Heat 89-87, only the Lakers' 4th loss of the season. LA commited 21 turnovers, and shot 52.6% from the free-throw line. Kobe Bryant went for a quick 2 at the buzzer for overtime, but the shot went in and out. NBA's top scorer Dwyane Wade led the game with 35 points, his 11th 30-point game of the season. Kobe scored 28 points, and Pau Gasol returned after recovering from strep throat to score 13 points and snag 11 rebounds.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
The Los Angeles Kings were defeated by the New York Rangers 3-2 in overtime. Michal Rozsival scored a second period and OT goal to give the Rangers the win. New York goalie Steve Valiquette, originally drafted by LA, made 39 saves, while Kings goalie Jason LaBarbera, who was drafted by New York, made 27 saves.
The UCLA men's basketball team defeated Loyala Marymount 75-44, improving to 7-2. The Bruins attempted 33 three-pointers, while only making 11. LMU shot just 25% from the field. Michael Roll led UCLA with 12 points, and LaRon Armstead led the Lions with 18 points.
The Los Angeles Clippers were defeated by the Chicago Bulls 115-109 in overtime, ending LA's three-game win streak. The Clips were done in by a 4-point play while up by 4 points, in which Chicago's Ben Gordon was fouled by Eric Gordon while in the process of shooting a 3-pointer. Gordon hit the 3 and the free-throw to tie the game up, and Chicago outscored LA 9-3 in the OT. Zach Randolph led the Clips with 30 points, and had 8 rebounds and 6 assists, while Marcus Camby had 19 points with 27 rebounds. Ben Gordon gave the Bulls 22 points, and Andres Nocioni had 22 as well.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
The Associated Press is reporting that the Los Angeles Dodgers and SS Rafael Furcal have agreed on a three-year contract with a 4th-year option. Furcal had come to an agreement with his former team, the Atlanta Braves, however his agent explains nothing was official, not even a verbal agreement. Now that the infield is solved, GM Ned Colletti will look to add pitching and possibly Manny Ramirez.
The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the New York Knicks 116-114, their 21st victory of the season. LA trailed by 15 at halftime, but came back to win by scoring 66 points in the second half. The Lakers were missing Pau Gasol, who is out with strep throat, meaning Lamar Odom made his first start of the season, even though he too was sick. All five starters scored double-digits, including Luke Walton with 14 points. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 28 points, then Odom with 17 points and 11 rebounds, followed by Derek Fisher with 15 points and a team high 7 assists. Andrew Bynum scored 13 with 11 rebounds and 4 blocks, and Trevor Ariza came off the bench with 13 points. Nate Robinson led New York with 33 points, and 5 other Knicks scored in double-digits.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 98-88, the Clippers' 7th win of the season. LA handed OKC its 24th loss of the season, and with a 2-24 record, the Thunder has the worst record in the NBA. The Clips forced 20 turnovers and shot 46% from inside the arch. Zach Randolph had a double-double with 22 points and 13 rebounds for LA, and rookie Eric Gordon also scored 22. Baron Davis notched 19 points along with a team-leading 5 steals. Kevin Durant led OKC with 25 points.
The Los Angeles Kings were defeated by the NHL leading San Jose Sharks 3-2 in a shootout. The Kings took the lead early with two first period goals, but the Sharks caught up with one goal in the first and one in the second. No one scored in overtime, so the game went to a shootout, in which San Jose won 2-1.
The USC men's basketball team defeated Pepperdine 91-77, the Trojans 6th win of the season. USC went into halftime with a 23 point lead, but it crumbled away to mere 6 point lead. The Trojans pulled away, however, and held out long enough. Taj Gibson led USC with 25 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks, and Dwight Lewis added 17 points. Keion Bell led the Waves with 18 points.
Reports are swirling that the "agreement" between Rafael Furcal and the Atlanta Braves is premature, and Furcal is still negotiating with the Dodgers. Calls were sent to Dodger GM Ned Colletti about the issue, and he responded saying negotiations were still in progress between the two sides.
Rafael Furcal has apparently made up his mind, according to MLB.com, and has agreed to a 3-year deal with the Atlanta Braves, the team he played for before signing with the Dodgers. Teams like LA, Oakland, and Toronto are now shifting their attention to Orlando Cabrera, the now-top shortstop on the market.
Monday, December 15, 2008
The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 98-86, their 20th win of the season. The Lakers continue to play sloppy basketball, with the score at one point being tied 57 all. It was the 8th straight opponent for LA with a losing record, a span in which the Lakers have gone 7-1, but have been incapable of dominating each time. Kobe Bryant led LA with 26 points, and Pau Gasol scored 18 points with 11 rebounds. Trevor Ariza came off the bench with 14 points. Al Jefferson led the T-Wolves with 20 points and 13 rebounds.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
The Los Angeles Kings defeated the Minnesota Wild 3-1, moving above .500 with a record of 13-12-4. LA took 43 shots, and goalie Erik Ersberg made 33 saves. Anze Kopitar and Michal Handzus both scored power-play goals to give the Kings the win.
The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Houston Rockets 95-82, their first time snagging back-to-back wins, and have won 3 of their last 4. The Clippers held Houston to just .356 shooting, with only 34 points in the second half. Zach Randolph led the Clips with 30 points and 13 rebounds, and Al Thornton scored 26 points. Baron Davis contributed with 13 points and 9 assists, as well as Marcus Camby, whose double-double gave LA 12 points and 13 boards. Yao Ming led the Rockets with 24 points and 13 rebounds.
The UCLA men's basketball team defeated DePaul 72-54 in the annual John Wooden Classic, with Wooden in attendance to watch the game. It was also Bruin coach Ben Howland's 300th career win, combining his totals from UCLA, Pittsburgh, and Northern Arizona. The Bruins had 18 total assists, and held the Blue Demons to just 19 field goals. Both Jrue Holiday and Josh Shipp scored 14 points for the Bruins. Mac Koshwal led DePaul with 12 points and 8 rebounds.