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>Lakers Keep Rolling As Kobe Passes Hayes For Seventh All-Time

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Kobe came into Sunday’s match-up, against the Oklahoma City Thunder, only 10 points behind Elvin Hayes for 7th on the All-Time Scoring List.

Kobe scored 17 points while the Lakers came back from a 14-point deficit. This was their fourth straight win since the all-star break. 

Next up on the list is Moses Malone. Kobe is only 89 points behind Moses for sixth.

Box score: Lakers 90 Thunder 87

Next Game: Tuesday, March 1st. @ Minnesota Timberwolves (5:00 p.m. PST)


Picture credit: AP

 

>Duke Snider Passes Away

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Dodgers writer, Dylan Hernandez reports:

Hall of Famer Duke Snider passed away this morning. He was 84.

 
 

>Dodgers Throwback Uniform Has Been Decided

>Earlier this month, the Dodgers launched a voting poll about which Dodgers Throwback uniform they should use this season. {Linked Here}

The fans have chosen.

1940s Road Alternate Uniforms

These weekday afternoon games starting at 12:10pm are when they will be wearing the uniform.

  • Thursday, April 21 vs. Atlanta
  • Wednesday, May 4 vs. Chicago Cubs
  • Wednesday, June 15 vs. Cincinnati
  • Wednesday, June 22 vs. Detroit
  • Wednesday, August 10 vs. Philadelphia
  • Wednesday, August 31 vs. San Diego
 

>John Wooden Plays Role In UCLA’s Final Game At Pauley Pavilion

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The Bruins beat the #10 Arizona Wildcats easily with a great performance from Reeves Nelson, who had 27 points and 16 rebounds. This win put the Bruins tied for first in the Pac-10 standings with only 2 games left to play before the conference tournament.

John Wooden still lives on in Pauley Pavilion.

From AP:

LOS ANGELES — The great-grandson of the late John Wooden scored UCLA’s final basket in the last men’s game to be played at historic Pauley Pavilion before it closes for renovation.
Tyler Trapani, a junior walk-on who seldom sees any playing time, made a layup from the left side after teammate Jack Haley Jr. airballed a 3-point attempt with 25 seconds left Saturday.
The Bruins defeated No. 10 Arizona 71-49 to tie the Wildcats for first place in the Pac-10.
Trapani made the basket in front of several Wooden family members, including the coaching legend’s son Jim and daughter Nan. Wooden died at 99 in June.
“When I got the ball, it was instinct to put it back up,” he said. “I knew I was close to the basket so I put it back up as fast as I could.”
UCLA coach Ben Howland had tears in his eyes at the way the game ended.
“I was thinking about Coach,” he said of the man who led the Bruins to 10 national championships. “It was so fitting Tyler hit the shot. It fell right in his hands. There’s something going on there, I really believe it.”
Wooden got to see Trapani play the final minute of UCLA’s game at the 2009 Wooden Classic in Anaheim, one of his relative’s few appearances in a game.
“It’s an emotional day,” Trapani said. “Just being out there is something I’ll never forget.”

What are the odds that his great-grandson would be under the basket to make the final basketball at Pauley Pavilion? Amazing!

This was the final game at Pauley Pavilion before they start renovation. Still no word on where the Bruins will play next season.

Picture Credit: Chris Williams/Icon SMI

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2011 in Arizona, John Wooden, UCLA

 

>Clippers Trade Baron Davis To Cleveland

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Marc Spears reports:

The Los Angeles Clippers have reached an agreement in principle to send Baron Davis to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Mo Williams, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The Cavaliers will also get a 2011 first-round pick from the Clippers, who will receive forward Jamario Moon.

Davis, 31, signed a five-year, $65 million contract with the Clippers before the 2008-09 season. He struggled for much of his first two seasons, but had begun to play better. He’s averaging 12.8 points and seven assists this season.

I don’t understand why the Clippers would give up their 1st round pick for Williams and Moon. This was an obvious move just to save money for next season.

 

>Lakers Best Win Of The Season

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Tonight’s game against the Portland Trailblazers was unbelievable. Overtime!
Kobe showed why he’s the best closer in the NBA.

AP:

Kobe Bryant had 37 points and the Los Angeles Lakers overcame a 10-point deficit late in the fourth quarter to beat Portland 106-101 in overtime Wednesday night, snapping the Trail Blazers’ season-best, six-game winning streak.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 29 points and 14 rebounds for the Blazers, but didn’t hit a shot in the fourth quarter and missed two key free throws in the extra period.

The Lakers hadn’t won back-to-back games in Portland since 2000. The Lakers also improve to 10-2 on the second night of a back-to-back.

While Kobe had 37 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists, he wasn’t the MVP of the game. Ron Artest played his best game of the season. He was 5 of 6 from behind the 3-point line. He finished with 24 points and 6 rebounds. He pulled down an offensive rebound in overtime that gave Kobe another chance to extend the lead.

Box Score: Lakers 106 Trail Blazers 101

Next Game: Friday, February 25th. 7:30 p.m. (vs. Los Angeles Clippers)

 

>Vicente Padilla To Undergo Surgery

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Dodgers writer, Dylan Hernandez reports

Vicente Padilla will undergo surgery on his pitching arm on Thursday to release a nerve that is entrapped by one of the deep muscles in his forearm.

The Dodgers have not set a timetable for his return.

The Dodgers were aware that Padilla was a serious medical risk, as he was limited to 16 starts last season because of arm and neck problems. His contract reflected that, as he will earn a base salary of $2 million. The deal is incentives-heavy, as he can earn an additional $8 million in bonuses as a starter or an extra $6.8 million as a reliever.

Huge loss for the Dodgers. He was going to be our spot start/long reliever and now it sounds like he’ll be out until at least the All-Star break.