BEIJING -- If you're awake and reading this blog, congratulations. Especially if you're in Southern California.
The Lakers have been up at least 10 hours and lead Golden State at halftime, 54-52, in an exhibition game Tuesday that started at 4:30 a.m. Pacific time.
Kobe Bryant wasn't playing, so fans gravitated toward another familiar name and cheered practically every touch by Pau Gasol -- even a missed three-point shot that would cause most Lakers followers to groan.
Whatever. MasterCard arena sold out briskly when tickets went on sale about a month ago, and there were few empty seats in the 18,000-seat facility that housed basketball at the 2008 Olympics.