After the Lakers and Clippers won their game sevens to advance in the playoffs, the Kings skated to a win in Arizona tonight to begin round three of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Kings captain Dustin Brown scored the game-winner in the third period. An empty-net goal in the final minute put the game away, 4-2.
Earlier on Sunday, the Clippers went into Memphis and did what they had to do, beating the Grizzlies 82-72 with a strong run in the fourth quarter. Chris Paul led LA with 19 points. The Clippers won just their second playoff series as an LA team, and avoided blowing a 3-1 series lead.
The Lakers eliminated the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night, ensuring that all three Staples Center teams will keep the arena full — and downtown bars busy — for at least another week or two.
Top photo: Drew Doughty of the Kings from Kings website/Christian Petersen-Getty Images. Clippers photo: ESPN.com screengrab