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February 11, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers finished the Grammy road trip with two wins in four tries, surviving in Charlotte and a solid victory in Brooklyn. The Boston Celtics and Miami Heat were too much to deal with, but the Lakers finished their extended road trip with a 4-3 record. With the All-Star Game this weekend, the Lakers only have two on the schedule. The playoffs are still in range, but the Lakers simply need to win and win often. Overall, the team is still five losses below the cumulative predictions for weeks 1-15 . Tuesday vs. Phoenix Suns The biggest letdown on the seven-game road trip was in Phoenix on Jan. 30. The Lakers completely fell apart in the fourth quarter, giving up 29 points while scoring just 13 in a 92-86 defeat.
February 7, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Identity Thief" is a larcenous bit of funny business. It probably should be locked up for its crimes and misdemeanors against moviemaking. But its stars, Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, steal so many laughs from such improbable places that the bumps in this revenge/road trip farce can be mostly forgiven, though not forgotten. Directed by Seth Gordon, the film has the same R-rated tenor of his relatively horrible "Horrible Bosses" and his really dreary "Four Christmases. " More problematic, it has the same difficulty with the connective tissue - anything but the really funny stuff sags or is superfluous.
February 5, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
The Ducks' credibility is soaring, with six wins in eight games and a three-game home sweep of Minnesota, the Kings and once-unbeaten San Jose Sharks in their immediate rear view. "We have to enjoy this now," defenseman Sheldon Souray said after slapping in Monday night's winning goal against the Sharks. "It might not come as smoothly down the road. " "Down the road" starts Wednesday in Colorado, the beginning of a six-game trip in 11 days that includes stops at St. Louis (Saturday)
February 4, 2013 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
We were someplace outside San Antonio, crossing the high plains of West Texas in a rented RV the size of a city bus, when the winter storm took hold. On the radio, a forgotten Buck Owens rendition of "Truck Drivin' Man" filled the darkness. Then the news flash: Snow and high winds had closed Interstate 10, not far down the road. We had a deadline, so we kept moving. As we gassed up in Sonora, the first flakes began to fall - scouts for an oncoming army. Soon a blizzard blew horizontally, blanketing the highway.
January 29, 2013 | By Broderick Turner, Los Angeles Times
It's slightly more than halfway through the season and already there have been some defining moments and games for the Clippers. There was the NBA-best 17-game winning streak, and victories over such teams as the Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls and the Lakers. And now the Clippers are about to enter another defining period, a season-high eight-game, 13-day trip that could determine the course of their season. This will be the longest trip for the Clippers since an 11-game excursion during the 2010-11 season.
January 19, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
LeBron James sprawled his body on the Staples Center court, endangering a physique that no Lloyd's of London policy could adequately protect. He was a twisting mass of sinewy muscle, reaching low to grab the ball away from Kobe Bryant on a long rebound. The Miami Heat star dove to the floor in that fourth-quarter moment Thursday and spun toward the Lakers' three-point line. Rising quickly, James absorbed contact from a quickly closing Bryant and started a fast break that ended with the best player on this planet or any other finding Ray Allen for an open three-pointer that gave Miami the lead.
December 19, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Kristen Stewart is still sorry, folks. In a sweeping, general, you-still-don't-own-me sort of way. "I apologize to everyone for making them so angry," the actress told Newsweek, presumably referring to her "indiscretion" with married director Rupert Sanders back in July, which rattled her relationship with Robert Pattinson and sent shock waves through the "Twilight" fan community. "It was not my intention. " What her intention was is not made clear in the interview , published Monday, though we assume it was something along the all-I-wanna-do-is-have-some-fun spectrum - something not unheard of for a woman in her early 20s. PHOTOS: Rob and Kristen through the years It's not the first time Stewart has expressed remorse after she was photographed in intimate embraces with her "Snow White and the Huntsman" director.
December 8, 2012 | By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
From inside the rocket-shaped time capsule of a silver 1949 Hudson Super Six, West Hollywood looked astonishingly modern to Brazilian director Walter Salles. Salles, who has devoted the last eight years to adapting Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" for the screen, rode past men holding hands on Santa Monica Boulevard, past the green neon signs of shops selling medicinal marijuana, past a Starbucks - and another Starbucks - and another Starbucks. It was a streetscape that would have been unimaginable in Kerouac's time - both in the freedoms of the passersby and the homogeneity of the businesses.
December 7, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
If you have family coming for the holidays or just want a different ride, Simply Hybrid has a December deal that takes 30% off rentals of its hybrids and energy-efficient cars. The company will even deliver the cars to airports, hotels or other locations for free. The deal: Toyota Prius, Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf and even a plug-in Prius are some of the selections in the compact category. The website provides the models available but doesn't list prices or take reservations; you have to call to get a quote and make a booking.
December 5, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
As the Lakers lose game after game, what will it take to get Steve Nash back on the court? Nash is recovering from a non-displaced leg fracture that took him out of the team's second game of the season. The Lakers are now 8-10 on the season, losing five of their last seven. Nash has increased his activity but still hasn't practiced with the team. He's accompanying the Lakers on their current road trip but isn't expected to play. Normally, a coach wants an injured player to get a full practice in before greenlighting a return.
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