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November 13, 2009 | By Mike Bresnahan, On The Lakers
Phil Jackson might want to rethink this thing. Before Friday's game, long before the Denver Nuggets thumped the Lakers, pounding them in practically every category in front of an amped-up crowd, Jackson said he didn't consider Denver to be a Western Conference rival. Instinctively, he said the Lakers' main rival was . . . Sacramento? Oh, boy. Hold the cowbells, forget all those cow-town jokes Jackson uttered earlier this decade. The Lakers apparently have a new adversary in the West, in case a 105-79 Nuggets victory didn't prove the point at the Pepsi Center.
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March 1, 2010 | Mark Heisler
Not that we didn't already know what a gap there was between the West's best team and everyone else . . . Of course, in Sunday's first half when the Denver Nuggets, who had already beaten the Lakers twice by an average of 19.5 points, led them again by 13, it looked as if there was a new best team in the Western Conference, standings or no standings. Staving off panic locally, the Lakers came back to win . . . barely . . . going ahead to stay with 3 minutes 2 seconds left, even with Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups shooting a combined 11 for 31 and turning the ball over 13 times.
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November 17, 2009
Lakers tonight VS. DETROIT Time: 7:30 On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 710; 1330. Where: Staples Center. Records: Lakers 7-3; Pistons 5-5. Record vs. Pistons (2008-09): 1-1. Update: Detroit spent about $90 million in the off-season on free agents Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva, but the Pistons are off to a mediocre start. Gordon made one of 16 shots Sunday in a 95-90 loss at home against Dallas. -- Mike Bresnahan
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March 1, 2010 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers pledged to play a physical game and did it. They promised to beat back the swagger and strut of the Denver Nuggets and succeeded. On an afternoon when little went right for Kobe Bryant, the Lakers boxed out their main rivals in the Western Conference, elbowing aside the Nuggets in a 95-89 victory Sunday at Staples Center. It took a second half of defensive resolve, specifically a fourth quarter in which the Lakers forced the Nuggets into five turnovers and five-for-19 shooting.
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November 18, 2009
Clippers tonight AT MEMPHIS When: 5 PST. Where: FedEx Forum. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980. Records: Clippers 4-8, Grizzlies 2-8. Record vs. Grizzlies: 1-0. Update: The short-lived Allen Iverson era is over. Stunning, yes. But over. Memphis officially waived him Tuesday night. Former Clipper Zach Randolph is posting close to his usual numbers, averaging 17.9 points and 10.4 rebounds. -- Lisa Dillman
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November 21, 2009
Vince Carter scored 26 points, Rashard Lewis had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic beat the Boston Celtics, 83-78, on Friday night. Dwight Howard grabbed 15 boards and Mickael Pietrus scored 14 points for Orlando, which won the rematch of last season's Eastern Conference semifinal for its fourth consecutive victory. Paul Pierce scored 21 for Boston, which has lost three of its last four and three of five at home. -- associated press
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November 24, 2009
at Portland 122, Chicago 98: Greg Oden tied a career high with 24 points, making seven of eight field-goal attempts, and also had 12 rebounds. LaMarcus Aldridge added 24 points and 13 rebounds for the Trail Blazers. at Memphis 116, Sacramento 105: Rudy Gay scored 24 points, O.J. Mayo added 20 and the Grizzlies sent the Kings to their fourth straight loss. Marc Gasol had 18 points and four blocks for Memphis, which won for the fourth time in five games. Zach Randolph had 16 points and Mike Conley added 11 points and seven assists.
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November 24, 2009
The San Antonio Spurs finally were able to take advantage of a big night from Tim Duncan. Duncan had 24 points and 12 rebounds and the Spurs halted the Milwaukee Bucks' three-game winning streak with a 112-98 victory Monday night, getting their second blowout in as many games after an unusually lackluster start to the season. Duncan could hardly be blamed for the team's 4-6 break from the gate: The Spurs had been 0-4 when their All-Star forward scored 20 or more. "We'll win a lot more games if he scores 20. I'll tell you that much," Spurs guard Roger Mason said.
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November 24, 2009 | By Broderick Turner, On The Lakers
The Lakers have started to hit their stride, winning four consecutive games, all of them by double digits. The latest victims were the New York Knicks. A quick 17-point strike by the Lakers in the third quarter helped them build a 25-point lead, allowing Los Angeles to avoid an embarrassment due to the shaky play of their reserves during a 100-90 victory over the Knicks on Tuesday night at Staples Center. L.A. began beating down the opposition about a week ago, starting with a 13-point victory over Detroit, followed by a 15-point rout of Chicago and then a 16-point thrashing of Oklahoma City.
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November 27, 2009
Orlando 93, at Atlanta 76: Dwight Howard had 22 points and 17 rebounds, Vince Carter scored 21 points and the Magic beat the Hawks. The Hawks, attempting to tie Phoenix for the NBA's best record, dropped to 11-4. They missed a chance to improve to 8-0 at home for the first time since 1993-94. Orlando wiped away the disappointment of a one-point home loss to Miami on Wednesday night with its sixth win in seven games. Atlanta, which has dropped two straight following a seven-game winning streak, blew a 14-point lead after Joe Johnson banked in a jumper to begin the third quarter.
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February 28, 2010 | Mark Heisler
Welcome back, Mike! Oh, you haven't gone anywhere? It only seemed as if Michael Jordan were fading from the scene because, let's face it, he hadn't been omnipresent as Charlotte Bobcats president, with the team's expected sale to former Houston Rockets president George Postolos. With Jordan unlikely to stay without total control, and unlikely to get it from Postolos, that would have been it for MJ in Charlotte and, who knows, maybe in the NBA, as anything but a famous face at the All-Star game.
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February 27, 2010 | By Mike Bresnahan
It has been a weird glitch for the Lakers, a hiccup in the franchise, extending all the way back to the three-championship run that began almost a decade ago. They always seem to struggle against the lesser teams, laughably so in some cases, the Charlotte Bobcats a prime example in recent seasons. The Lakers have done a notable job reversing the trend this season, but then the Philadelphia 76ers rolled into town. It took almost the full 48 minutes, but the Lakers managed to win a numbingly bland game, 99-90, Friday at Staples Center.
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February 27, 2010 | Bill Dwyre
Friday night at Staples had a chance to be a big yawn. It is February, when the mind numbs at the thought of yet another NBA game, even if that game includes the defending champion Lakers. Right now, things such as hockey and skiing and, horrors, curling are front and center. Give them their due. Once every four years. But there is no stopping the NBA express, which needs eight months to fill owners' coffers, make men who can leap and shoot into gazillionaires, and entertain as many fans as possible.
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February 27, 2010 | By Mike Bresnahan
Andrew Bynum reached another first in his career, though he probably wouldn't want to do it again. Bynum, 22, was hit with his first NBA-imposed fine for criticizing referees after the Lakers' 101-96 loss Wednesday in Dallas. Bynum was fined $25,000 for saying, "It's hard to win when it's five against eight," a thinly cloaked reference to the judgment of referees Ron Garretson , Michael Smith and Eli Roe . The Lakers had as many fouls as the Mavericks (20), but Dallas shot 26 free throws to 16 for the Lakers.
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February 27, 2010 | By Mike Bresnahan
Readers' questions for our Lakers beat reporter Mike Bresnahan. Questions will be answered every Friday at latimes.com/sports Question: Lamar Odom may not have the numbers of some of the other candidates for Sixth Man of the Year, but he has a wider variety of skills than those guys and is always in the game during crunch time. So why am I not hearing his name in Sixth Man of the Year talk? -- Steve Sanders, Venice Answer: Wait a sec. Steve Sanders. From "90210" fame?
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February 26, 2010
Clippers tonight AT PHOENIX When: 6 p.m. Where: US Airways Center. On the air : TV: Prime; Radio: 980. Records: Clippers 24-33; Suns 36-23. Record vs. Phoenix: 0-2. Update : Phoenix held on to Amare Stoudemire at the trading deadline, and he has helped his team move to a season-high 13 games over .500. Steve Nash had 20 points and 13 assists Wednesday during a victory over Philadelphia after sitting out the previous game with a sore back.
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February 26, 2010
LeBron James had 36 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, Mo Williams scored 14 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, and the Cleveland Cavaliers surged past the Boston Celtics, 108-88, on Thursday night. James kept the Cavaliers in it for three quarters on a night they lost Shaquille O'Neal to a first-half thumb injury. Ray Allen scored 21 points for the Celtics, who badly missed injured All-Star Paul Pierce (right thumb), when their offense went stagnant in the final 1 1/2 quarters.
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February 26, 2010
Lakers tonight VS. PHILADELPHIA When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air : TV: FS West; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 43-15, 76ers 22-35. Record vs. 76ers : 1-0. Update : The Lakers beat the 76ers, 99-91, last month in Philadelphia as Kobe Bryant and Allen Iverson had a scoring duel. Bryant had 22 of his 24 points in the second half, while Iverson scored 21 of his season-high 23 in the second half. Iverson has taken an indefinite leave, and has missed the 76ers' four-game trip, to be with his ill daughter.
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