The NBA lockout-shortened regular season has come to a close and the playoff teams have been decided. Let’s take a look at the Eastern Conference matchups to give you insight into who we think will come out on top.
Kenyon Martin helped beat his old team with a tip-in and blocked shot in the final half-minute, leading the Los Angeles Clippers past the Denver Nuggets 104-98 on Wednesday night.
Tony Parker had 29 points and 13 assists, Tim Duncan had 19 points and eight rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs handed the Los Angeles Lakers their worst loss of the season, 112-91 on Tuesday night.
With two games remaining against one of the worst teams in the NHL, the Los Angeles Kings would seem to have a good opportunity to solidify their playoff position.
Looks like Los Angeles is the basketball capital in the world. Four of the five All-Star starters will be coming from LA teams.
Corey Brewer took advantage of a rare start by scoring 20 points and Peja Stojakovic scored all 10 of his points in the fourth quarter, lifting the Dallas Mavericks to a 107-96 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers to keep their hold on the Western Conference playoff race.
The Los Angeles Kings will begin moving forward without top scorer Anze Kopitar when they start a two-game trip by facing the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.
Jonathan Quick made 27 saves, and Anze Kopitar scored the deciding goal of the shootout in the Los Angeles Kings’ 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Monday night.
Teemu Selanne scored on a power play with 2:01 left in regulation to offset a stunning four-goal rally by Calgary, and Corey Perry scored his second of the game 2:38 into
overtime to give the Anaheim Ducks a 5-4 victory over the Flames on Sunday night.
The Nashville Predators are brimming with confidence since they’re at home, while the Los Angeles Kings have been outstanding on this road trip.
Michal Handzus scored the tiebreaking goal with 20.8 seconds remaining and the Los Angeles Kings stretched their winning streak to three with a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Sunday.
The Anaheim Ducks pushed aside the slumping Colorado Avalanche to earn another two points in the Western Conference standings.
Pau Gasol had 18 points and 11 rebounds, Kobe Bryant scored 17 points and the Los Angeles Lakers extended their cushion over Oklahoma City in the Western Conference standings by beating the Thunder 90-87 on Sunday.
Drew Doughty scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period, Wayne Simmonds had two goals, and the Los Angeles Kings returned from a 10-game road trip with a 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night.