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  1. huevonkiller

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    Here's the pre-game report:

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE </div><div class='quotemain'>Miami (10-45) at Los Angeles (40-17)

    By MATT BECKER, STATS Writer Feb 27, 4:03 pm EST

    After early playoff exits the last two seasons with seventh seeds, Kobe Bryant and the surging Los Angeles Lakers are hoping for an easier path to the NBA finals with the Western Conference?€™s top seed.

    The Lakers look to win their 10th straight game and remain atop the West when they host the league-worst Miami Heat, who are coming off their first victory in a month.

    Los Angeles (40-17) had the fifth-best record in the West on Jan. 31, but has gone 12-1 this month to move to the top of the highly competitive conference.

    The Lakers defeated Portland 96-83 Tuesday, and are just two wins shy of last season?€™s total with 25 games to play.

    Los Angeles has been a seventh seed in the playoffs each of the last two seasons, and was knocked out in the first round by Phoenix each time. This season, the Lakers are hoping a top seed can help them win their first NBA title since 2002.
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    ?€œI?€™ve just talked about home-court advantage and what we want to do in terms of getting ourselves in position to compete in the playoffs,?€? coach Phil Jackson said.

    On Tuesday, Bryant scored 11 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, and added nine rebounds and seven assists. The 10-time All-Star is averaging 29.0 points on 51.2 percent shooting, 5.6 assists and 5.3 rebounds during the nine-game winning streak - the club?€™s longest since reeling off 11 straight victories March 13-April 2, 2004.

    The Lakers are averaging 112.9 points during their run, and have won their last three by an average of 17.0 points.

    ?€œWe?€™re having a lot of fun, I think we?€™re enjoying it, but at the same time, we?€™re focused and alert,?€? said Pau Gasol, who is averaging 21.4 points on 62.8 percent shooting and 7.4 boards in 11 games with Los Angeles since being traded from Memphis earlier this month.

    ?€œWe?€™re excited, but at the same time we?€™re really focused on every game. Next game is Miami, and we?€™re going to try to win that one, too.?€?

    Bryant had 33 points as he shot 10-of-15 from the field and made all 11 of his free throws in the Lakers?€™ 104-94 victory over the Heat on Feb. 10. That game came before Miami (10-44) traded Bryant?€™s former teammate, Shaquille O?€™Neal, to Phoenix, making this the first meeting between the Lakers and the Heat since 1996 that won?€™t feature O?€™Neal on either team?€™s roster.

    Los Angeles, which has won 13 of 16 at Staples Center, has won 10 of its last 13 home games over the Heat.

    Miami, meanwhile, has dropped 13 straight road games since a 117-113 win at Phoenix on Dec. 10. This is its longest losing streak away from home since dropping the final 14 road games of the 1990-91 season.

    The Heat, however, defeated Sacramento 107-86 on Tuesday to win for the first time since a 98-96 victory over Indiana on Jan. 26.

    Miami shot 52.0 percent (39-of-75) for the game and set a franchise record by holding the Kings to 10.0 percent (2-of-20) in the third quarter.

    ?€œI know we?€™ve had it in us,?€? coach Pat Riley said. ?€œI don?€™t know where it?€™s been. But, we played extremely well. We just played a complete game for 48 minutes.?€?

    The Heat, who have lost 26 of their last 28 games, now try to win consecutive games for the first time since Dec. 9 and 10. Tuesday?€™s win was the first for Miami since trading O?€™Neal to Phoenix for Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks.

    ?€œIt feels good to get this first one,?€? said Marion, averaging 17.8 points and 10.5 rebounds in six games for Miami. ?€œNow let?€™s try to string a few of them along.?€?

    Dwyane Wade finished with 15 points and nine assists on Tuesday after scoring at least 30 points in three straight games. Wade had 19 points and nine assists against the Lakers last month after averaging 36.3 points and 8.7 assists in the previous three meetings.</div>
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    I love pounding my hometown. Cheers.
     
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    Well we should win this game Miami has won like 10 games...But still no need to get to cocky with the Heat they almost beat us last time.
     
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    Go Heat!
     
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    i now this is a little early, but does anyone else think we can make a run at 60 wins?
     
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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (authentiq @ Feb 28 2008, 07:31 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div><div class='quotemain'>i now this is a little early, but does anyone else think we can make a run at 60 wins?</div>

    If we maintain a winning percentage of 80%, we will achieve this. I think it's quite possible.
     
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    I think 60 is possible. We're absolutely on fire right now, and I expect this win streak to reach 15 or 16 before it gets snapped.

    As for tonight, this should be a blowout. We're getting more and more comfortable playing with Pau every time, so I don't expect to struggle this time with the Heat. This game should be over by around the 3rd quarter.
     
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    Gasol has a surprisingly effective hook shot.
     
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    I hate it when Walton hogs.

    Beautiful steal then dunk by Bryant!

    What a read in the open court by Kobe.

    Stop taking timeouts Riley, you're already done.
     
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    Nice start, but Kobe was cleary fouled on that dunk. I don't know what the ref was thinking.
     
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    Lakers looking good so far. Silly play by Kobe though, should have taken the shot.
     
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    Does anyone know when Space Cadet is coming back? He was playing really well for us and then got injured, once again. I swear the guy is made of glass. Knowing him, he'll probably be MIA until April
     
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    I can't believe Wade fell for that Kobe move where he gets the automatic foul. You'd figure he would have learned by now.
     
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    Good god, another 24 second violation. We're starting to look sloppy offensively and our defense hasn't looked good the last few possessions either.
     
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    The Lakers are passing a bit too much these last possessions.

    Now we'll see how the second unit does.
     
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    Earl Barron thinks he's Kobe.

    Farmar does everyone justice then Finds the Machine.

    Machine hits again for an encore.
     
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    Farmar again for three!

    God he looks so much better than Fisher these days.
     
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    I hate Fisher.
     
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    Kobe with the FACIAL!!!

    He's going to the line, Beast...
     
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    Beautiful throwdown by Kobe. I love how Farmar and Sasha have been playing lately.
     
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    God doesn't want the Heat to win, go Farmar! I loved that shooter's bounce.

    Just get yourself kicked out of the game Riley, you know you want to go on vacation by now anyway.
     

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