Pau Gasol came up with 23 points and 14 rebounds as Kobe Bryant dropped 30 to give their Los Angeles Lakers a 102-89 Game 1 victory over the Boston Celtics yesterday at the Staples Center. The contest was physical from the start with Paul Pierce and Ron Artest locking elbows to be handed a pair of technicals in the first 27 seconds of play. The 2010 Celts roster, highly recognized as defensive specialists, were simply out hustled through 48 minutes. They will look to split in LA this Sunday before the series moves to Boston for the next three games.
“You can’t ease into the game, especially in the Finals,” said Pierce. “That’s one of the better rebounding teams in the NBA. We’ve just got to do a better job rebounding the ball, eliminating easy opportunities. When I look up and we’ve given up 100 points, I haven’t seen that in a while.” Pierce led the C’s scoring campaign with 24 points that included 12-of-13 from the charity stripe. Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo all contributed double-digit numbers in their losing efforts. Don’t miss the chance to witness your Celtics revamp for Games 3-5 at the TD Garden. NBA Finals tickets are now available!
The Los Angeles Lakers netted 36 points in the first quarter en route to claiming victory in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals over the Phoenix Suns 124-112 Wednesday at the Staples Center. Pau Gasol led the way for LA with 29 points and nine rebounds. Kobe Bryant racked up 21 points while dishing out 13 assists during his 43 minutes on the floor. Lamar Odom, Shannon Brown and Jordan Farmar contributed 26 combined off the bench.
“It’s really tough because we have so many guys on this team that can hurt you offensively,” said Odom. “When we get four or five guys going offensively, it seems like our defense steps up. We do a great job of using our quickness, cutting guys off and making it hard for teams as well as putting that offensive pressure on them.”
Jason Richardson came up with 27 for the Suns as Grant Hill produced 23 in their losing efforts. “We still scored enough points tonight, but when they can score 120-something, that’s asking the offense to score too much,” PG Steve Nash said after recording 11 points and 15 assists. “If we’re going to beat them, we’ve got to find a way to slow them down.” Game 3 is set for Sunday night in Phoenix.
Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol combined for 58 points as the Los Angeles Lakers went on to defeat the Sacramento Kings 106-99 yesterday at the ARCO Arena, marking their third consecutive road victory. The Lakers sit on top of the West at 50-18 with 14 games remaining this regular season.
“We’re playing with more of a sense of urgency,” said Bryant. “Guys understand that we can be beaten. Once you understand that, you understand that that day can come. Guys have to remained focused.”
Andrew Bynum netted 21 for LA with a side of 12 boards. Lamar Odom came off the bench to produce 10 points in his 24 minutes played. Rookie Tyreke Evans collected 25 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists for Sacramento in their efforts. The Kings will next move on to face the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday as the Lakers play host to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The LA Kings produced four goals in the first period to dominate the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-0 yesterday at the Staples Center. Three of the six goals provided were scored during power play opportunities. Michal Handzua and Alexander Frolov found the net 40 seconds apart to gain the clear advantage near the end of the initial block.
Fredrik Modin kept it going early in the second before Brad Richardson scored the final goal, resulting in a 6-0 lead with 30+ minutes left. “If you want to have success on the power play, you have to shoot as often as you can. That’s what we tried to do tonight,” said Frolov. “The power play worked out great for us. We changed our mentality and put more pucks on the net. We knew we had to have a strong game tonight, especially from the beginning.”
The 25-30 Blue Jackets have now lost five in a row heading into tonight’s game against the Anaheim Ducks. The Kings will look to earn their 40th win of the season vs the Chicago Blackhawks Wednesday at the United Center.
The Eagles are back in action and ready to headline a string of shows in cities along the West coast in April and May. They are scheduled to kick off at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles for three sets of concerts starting Friday, April 16th. The US Airways Center will then welcome the group to Phoenix before they make their way to the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Saturday, April 24th.
The Los Angeles natives have been touring for the past three years in light of their 2007 studio project Long Road out of Eden. The album marked their first full length album in 28 years. The longtime rockers have produced a total of seven studio albums to reach platinum status. Their most recognizable songs include “Take It Easy,” “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” “Best of My Love,” “One of These Nights” and “Hotel California.” The veteran lineup is currently comprised of members Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit. Purchase your Eagles tickets right here with us at Ace!
List of 2010 Tour Dates:
April 16 – 17, 20 Hollywood, CA Hollywood Bowl
April 21 Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center
April 24 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
April 25 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
April 27 Sacramento, CA ARCO Arena
April 30 – May 1 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion
May 9 – 10 Vancouver, BC General Motors Place
May 13 Seattle, WA KeyArena
May 17 Portland, OR Rose Garden Arena
May 18 Nampa, ID Idaho Center
May 20 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
May 22 Ontario, CA Citizens Business Bank Arena
May 23 Chula Vista, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
Eric Gordon notched 13 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter as the Los Angeles Clippers managed to harness the Utah Jazz 108-104 yesterday at the Staples Center. LA seemed as though they were cruising to victory, holding a 17 point advantage with just 6:30 to go. Utah kept fighting and eventually found themselves two points back in the final minute. Deron Williams netted a desperation three with just 3 seconds left before fouling Baron Davis to the charity stripe to conclude the hard fought battle.
“It got a little careless toward the end of the fourth quarter, and we made a lot of turnovers that they converted at the other end,” said Gordon. “They’re a real dangerous team, and they’re really hard to guard. That’s why it’s possible for them to beat anybody down the stretch.”
Davis contributed all around for the Clips with 19 points, five rebounds and 12 assists. Carlos Boozer led Utah with 20 points and six rebounds. “We had a good comeback,” said Boozer. “That’s a good team with the new additions they’ve had, and they played very well tonight. We did not have control of this game, and we knew that from the beginning.” The Clippers are scheduled to matchup with the Phoenix Suns tomorrow night before The Jazz challenge Nash and Co. the following day.
Lamar Odom stepped up with 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead the LA Lakers to defeat the Denver Nuggets 95-89 last night at the Staples Center. In both 2008 and 2009, Los Angeles found themselves responsible for sending the Nuggets back home in the playoffs. Denver has since become highly motivated to prevent the recent trend, winning in their first two regular season matchups and boasting to have the NBA Champions all figured out. Even with franchise player Kobe Bryant collecting just 14 points, Los Angeles featured four other players in double digit numbers to find their rhythm and earn their 45th win of the year.
“Toward the end of the season, you need games like this to start firing you up toward a playoff type of consistency,” said Nuggets coach George Karl. “I think with teams that have won championships and have been there more consistently, there’s more confidence to be able to turn the switch on.”
Denver kept the lead through most of the contest until the Lakers came together for a 12-2 run at the start of the fourth block. Pau Gasol supplied the dagger with 2:26 left with a driving layup assisted by Bryant. The Nuggets couldn’t produce from there, marking a six point advantage in favor of LA at the sound of the final buzzer. The Nuggets are set to arrive in Phoenix tonight to take on the Suns before the Lakers host the Indiana Pacers the following day.
Sir Paul McCartney is planning to perform at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA for two sets of concerts starting Tuesday, March 30th. Before arriving in LA, the longtime singer-songwriter-musician will stop at the Jobin.com Arena in Glendale, AZ Sunday, March 28th.
McCartney added the concert dates to further expand on his 2009 summer tour, a string of shows that primarily hit venues throughout the east coast. The Beatles bassist and Wings frontman is widely known as one of the most influential musicians ever. The Guinness World Records has him marked as the leading musical act in pop history with 60 gold discs and sales of 100 million singles.
The 67-year old rocker is still impressing audiences all over the world and shows no signs of slowing down. It’s been rumored for McCartney, Bob Dylan and Ringo Star to be collaborating with hopes to release some new material later this year. Don’t miss your chance to see Paul McCartney live at the Hollywood Bowl! Tickets are available now with us at Ace!
New additions Drew Gooden and Travis Outlaw contributed 10 points apiece to lift the Los Angeles Clippers past the Charlotte Bobcats 98-94 last night at the Staples Center. Rasual Butler and Chris Kaman led in scoring with 20 and 18, giving the refreshed roster their second straight victory. The 27-28 Bobcats have been successful against some of the league’s top organizations despite losing 11 games to a number of sub-par teams.
“I’m not worrying about that. Those games are over,” said head coach Larry Brown. “I mean, who would have suspected us to beat Cleveland three straight? And last year, we beat the Lakers twice and still had a lot of bad losses. We have 27 games where we’ll decide whether we deserve to be in the playoffs or not. So if we don’t make it, it will be on us.”
The Clippers are now 22-33 with hopes to find their rhythm for the last few months of the season. They’re next scheduled to face the Detroit Pistons tomorrow night as the Bobcats head to Utah to meet up with the Jazz.
Ray Allen hit 10 of his first 11 shots, finishing the game with 24 points to lead the Boston Celtics past the Los Angeles Lakers 87-86 Thursday night at the Staples Center. Allen missed the potential game-winner in their last matchup against LA at the final buzzer. This time around he was able to shut down Derek Fisher on the defensive end to solidify the victory for Boston.
Allen has been the center of attention lately in regards to potential Celtics trade options. Last night the 14-year veteran definitely assured the front office that he’s better fit in green. “Ray was huge tonight. I think we should threaten to trade him all the time and then pull him back,” said coach Doc Rivers. “He was phenomenal. That stretch in the third quarter won the game for us, in my opinion.”
Boston just recently dealt for Knicks guard Nate Robinson at the cost of Eddie House and JR Giddens. Allen offers his best for Eddie in New York, saying “we’re sad to see Eddie go because he’s a brother of ours. We won a championship together, so we’re forever connected. He’s a good dude and an integral part of the team. My heart goes out to him.” Robinson will prepare to join the rest of the C’s on Friday for their game against the Portland Trail Blazers.
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