Last night was an interesting one in the City of Angels, as both local baseball teams won as well as the Lakers--if only the Kings had been playing! It was such an eventful night for the largest city without an NFL franchise that we're going to devote our entire daily column to them. Here's what happened in Los Angeles:
K. Bryant & P. Gasol (LA Lakers): 19 points (5-20 FG), 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 5 turnovers vs. Hornets
|Kobe & Pau were out of sync all night in Los Angeles|
In Game One, Kobe went off for 34 points (13-26 FG), four rebounds, and five assists all by himself. Last night, though, he and Pau Gasol couldn't even combine for those numbers. In the second consecutive subpar game for Gasol, the Lakers ground out a nine-point victory largely without help from their superstars. The pair shot only 25% from the floor, grabbed only one defensive rebound on on 42 New Orleans misses, and turned the ball over as many times as they hit field goals. The Lakers only won by controlling the ball--four more offensive rebounds and three fewer turnovers--and forcing the Hornets to shoot 39.1% from the floor. Though Kobe and Pau combined to score 43.5% of the Lakers' points during the regular season, they scored only 21.8% of Laker points last night. In addition, they barely reached half of their season-average 15.3 rebounds/game and couldn't even reach half of their 8.0 assists/game.
J. Weaver (LA Angels): CG, 6 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 8 K vs. Rangers
J. Garland (LA Dodgers): CG, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 4 K vs. Braves
|Jered Weaver now has a legitimate|
chance to go 6-0 in April