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Game 1: Lakers vs. Jazz In-Game

1st Quarter:
10:58 Lamar gets the Lakers on the board with a driving dunk after a great pass by Kobe. Odom’s basket comes after consecutive Jazz layups, the first by Boozer and the second by Kirilenko. The STAPLES Center crowd is buzzing every time Kobe touches the ball, obviously amped up about the expected announcement that he’s won the MVP award.

8:20 Fisher delivers his second straight perfect pass to Pau in the lane, both resulting in uncontested layups. After the Jazz scored the first four points of the game, the Lakers have come roaring back with nine straight points. Gasol and Kobe are tied for the team lead in scoring with four a piece.

6:33 Turiaf checks into the game for the time today, replacing Gasol who just picked up his second personal foul.

5:40 Jackson calls timeout after the Jazz are in the middle of a mini 9-4 run of their own to tie the score at 13 with a little less than half of the first quarter remaining. Carlos Boozer has dominated L.A. in the point so far, tallying six points on three of four shooting to lead the Jazz.

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Game 2: Lakers vs. Nuggets In-Game

Inactives for Today’s Game:
Nuggets: Taurean Green, Bobby Jones
Lakers: Andrew Bynum, Trevor Ariza, Ronny Turiaf

1st Quarter:
10:56 Fisher starts off the scoring for both teams, stealing the ball from Martin before taking it to about the free throw line and drilling a jumper that sends a raucous STAPLES Center crowd to their feet. Derek had a quiet opening game so look for him to come out with a much stronger effort in Game 2.

8:30 Kobe gets his first two of the game, confidently shooting over Martin for an eight footer that falls in off the backboard. On the Lakers’ ensuing possession, Bryant nailed a long range jumper that puts him at 2-3 on the night from the field. The Nuggets still lead early though 10-9.

6:41 After a wild sequence of bobbled balls following Gasol’s miss in the lane, the center finally regains control of the ball and throws up one of his signature baby hooks for his first points of the night. Pau also had two rebounds on the night to lead the Lakers almost halfway through the first quarter.

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Lakers vs. Nuggets, Game 1 In-Game

Inactives for Today’s Game:
Nuggets: Taurean Green, Bobby Jones
Lakers: Andrew Bynum, Trevor Ariza, Coby Karl

1st Quarter:
10:59 Radmanovic gets the Lakers on the board first, taking the nice pass and laying it in off glass. Both teams look focused early on, with two full out dive-and-scramble to the floor plays in the opening minute alone. Two Denver starters have also picked up early fouls, with Anthony and Martin tallying one a piece.

9:52 Walton replaces Vladi in the Lakers lineup after the forward picked up his first foul.

7:57 Odom makes an incredible pass to a streaking Gasol who hammers it home and gets the sold out STAPLES Center crowd off of their feet for the first time tonight. Although Odom hasn’t scored yet himself, he has been extremely aggressive on both ends of the floor to open up the game. Based on his tremendous playoff series the past two years, no one should be surprised.

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Lakers vs. Kings In-Game

Inactives for Tonight’s Game:
Kings: Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Brad Miller
Lakers: Andrew Bynum, Trevor Ariza, Coby Karl

1st Quarter:
11:00 The Lakers deliver on their first two possesions of the game, the first a nifty mid-range jumper off glass for Pau and the second, an uncontested dunk from Odom after a great pass by Kobe. The STAPLES Center crowd seems extra pumped up tonight, obviously aware that the Lakers have a chance to secure the number one seed in the Western Conference with a win tonight.

10:07 The hot start continues as Lamar Odom is the latest Laker to throw it down for an early 8-0 lead and his fourth point of the night. Gasol also has two points for the Lakers who have come out with a focused, business-like attitude in the opening minutes of the game.

8:51 Turiaf enters the game early tonight, replacing Lamar after he picked up his second personal.

7:23 The Lakers’ exceptional interior passing continues with Vladi the recipient of a great pass in the lane for yet another uncontested layup just one play after Gasol broke loose inside for a wide-open dunk. Pau has six points so far to lead the team, followed by Radmanovic’s four.

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Lakers vs. Spurs In-Game

Inactives for Tonight’s Game:
Spurs: Robert Horry, Ian Mahinmi, Brent Barry
Lakers: Trevor Ariza, Coby Karl, Andrew Bynum

1st Quarter:
9:39 Lamar Odom finally scores the first points of the game for the Lakers, hitting two free throws after being fouled by Oberto. Prior to the makes, the Spurs had opened the game on a 7-0 run, capped by a jumper in the lane from Parker. It’s only been a little over two minutes, but it looks like the Lakers might be a little groggy considering the early start time and their emotional win over New Orleans on Friday.

9:12 Oberto picks up his second foul already, sending veteran Kurt Thomas into the Spurs’ lineup.

8:38 One minute after picking up the Lakers’ first points of the game, Odom connects on the Lakers’ first field goal of the game–an uncontested dunk for his team-leading fourth point of the night. So far, it looks like Popovic is matching Thomas up against Odom–a matchup the Lakers would be wise to take advantage of.

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Lakers vs. Hornets In-Game

Inactives for Tonight’s Game:

Hornets: Chris Andersen, Rasual Butler,
Lakers: Trevor Ariza, Andrew Bynum, Coby Karl

1st Quarter:

11:03 Odom gives the amped up crowd something to cheer about early, scoring the first basket of the game for either team on a layup underneath the basket. With Chandler picking up an early foul for the Hornets, Lamar and the rest of his teammates would be wise to continue to drive deep into the lane.

9:24 Fisher continues the Lakers’ hot start from the field, nailing a wide-open three pointer to put the Lakers up 7-2 early. On the Lakers’ next possession, Derek drilled another long-range shot after a nice pass from Kobe who was double-teamed by Paul and West.

8:00 Emotions are running high early for both teams, as Radmanovic and Chandler squabble, resulting in a flagrant foul of on Vladi and a technical foul for the Hornets center as well.

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Lakers vs. Mavericks In-Game

Inactives for Tonight’s Game:
Mavericks: Jamaal Magloire, Jerry Stackhouse, Jose Barea
Lakers: Trevor Ariza, Andrew Bynum, Coby Karl

1st Quarter:
11:21 Kobe matches Nowitzki’s opening three by nailing one of his own to open up the scoring for the Lakers with almost a minute gone by in the opening quarter. The last time Dirk was at STAPLES Center, he burned the Lakers with one of his best games of the season so the L.A. can’t be too excited that he’s already opened up the game strong. Unfortunately, for the Mavs, it looks like Kobe’s come to play as well, hitting another three on the Lakers’ next possession.

8:40 Unlike his game against the Blazers two nights ago, Gasol has come out of the gates aggressive on offense, nearly making a hook shot on the Lakers’ previous possession before drilling an outside jumper for his first points of the game. The Lakers trail the Mavs 10-13 early on though.

5:52 Pau continues his strong start, once again going up with confidence and making a 16 footer that hits nothing but net. With the make, Gasol ties Kobe for the Lakers scoring lead with six points. The Lakers are shooting well to open up the game, but Dallas still leads L.A. by three points at 21-18.

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Lakers vs. Blazers In-Game

Inactives for Tonight’s Game:
Blazers: Josh McRoberts, Darius Miles, Greg Oden
Lakers: Andrew Bynum, Coby Karl, Trevor Ariza

1st Quarter:
11:04 Radmanovic starts the game similar to the way he left off on Sunday night against Washington, showing aggression on offense, getting the pass deep in the lane and throwing up a soft hook that gets a friendly bounce over the rim and in for the Lakers’ first basket of the game.

9:35 For the second game in a row, Fisher is showing no ill signs of his foot injury, driving into the lane with ease before hitting an off-balance 10 footer and one his first points of the game and a 6-4 Lakers lead.

7:32 Pau makes his first bucket since returning from injury, connecting on a fadeaway baby hook. Gasol has looked a little timid on defense so far, but he’s showing no signs of discomfort on offense.

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Lakers vs. Wizards In-Game

Inactives for Tonight’s Game:
Wizards: Etan Thomas
Clippers: Andrew Bynum, Trevor Ariza, Pau Gasol

1st Quarter:
11:14 After a poor shooting night on Friday in he seemed like he was struggling to get lift on his injured foot, Fisher nails L.A.’s first field goal attempt–a three pointer that hits nothing but net. On the Lakers’ next possession, Derek launched another jumper, once again connecting to give the Lakers an early 5-2 lead.

9:00 The Lakers are on fire to start the game, with Radmnaovic following Fisher’s lead by sinking a silky three point shot to increase the Lakers’ lead to 10-5. On the previous play, Lamar drilled a jumper of his own. Only three minutes have gone by, but the Lakers already look much more focused than were to open the past two games. Moreover, Kobe hasn’t even shot the ball yet.

6:00 Fisher is a perfect three for three from the field, after hitting his second three pointer of the game to push the Lakers’ lead to its largest margin of the game–eight points at 15-8. Derek leads the team in scoring with eight early points.

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Lakers vs. Grizzlies In-Game

Inactives for Tonight’s Game:
Grizzlies: Andre Brown, Aaron McKie
Lakers: Trevor Ariza, Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol

1st Quarter:
10:24 Kobe nails a three pointer after the assist by Lamar Odom. Kobe’s scored all five Lakers points so far with his last make tying the score at five all.

7:37 Kobe is still the only Laker to score, personally lead the Grizzlies 10-7 to open up the game after making another three pointer off of an Odom pass.

7:16 Mbenga checks into the game early tonight, replacing Turiaf who’s already picked up his second personal foul.

4:29 Finally, another Laker besides Kobe Bryant scores, as Odom makes a nifty face-up jumper from about 10 feet out. The Grizzlies have hung with the purple and gold so far though, taking an early 15-14 lead and showing no fear whatsoever after watching the lowly Bobcats dismantle L.A. Rudy Gay leads Memphis in points with seven. Farmar and Walton enter the game after the timeout.

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