Basketball

Slow Start, but Lakers Win With the 3

HOWARD BECK The New York Times 12.06.2009
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Experience is the Los Angeles Lakers’ calling card, their security blanket and, on nights like this, their protective sheen. It glistens on their fingertips when the air grows thick and nerves become raw.

Magic stun Lakers 108-104, trim deficit to 2-1

Steve Ginsburg Reuters 10.06.2009
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The Orlando Magic stormed back into contention in the NBA Finals by knocking off the Los Angeles Lakers 108-104 on Tuesday, trimming the deficit in their best-of-seven series to 2-1.


Lakers need overtime but still take 2-0 lead

Mike Jones The New York Times 09.06.2009
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Refusing to put much emphasis on the Orlando Magic's atrocious performance in their NBA Finals-opening blowout Thursday, the Los Angeles Lakers predicted Sunday's Game 2 would be much more of a challenge.

Lakers' Game 2 overtime win is a little over the top

Mike Bresnahan Los Angeles Times 08.06.2009
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They dodge a bullet when Magic barely misfires on a lob pass at end of regulation, then persevere down the stretch to gain a 2-0 series lead in NBA Finals.


In the N.B.A., ‘Flagrant’ Is a Matter of Interpretation

HOWARD BECK and JONATHAN ABRAMS 04.06.2009
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A nagging question is dominating the N.B.A. playoffs, and it has nothing to do with who will win the championship. When is a flagrant foul not a flagrant foul? The answer: When it is changed the next day.

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He's still at the top of his game, but at 30 and with 1,118 NBA games played, he probably doesn't have a lot of peak basketball years left.


Kobe Bryant Is Still Searching for a Rival

HOWARD BECK The New York Times 03.06.2009
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The puppets are still prattling away, carrying on like a modern-day, foam-and-wires odd couple. The presumptuously named Great Debate is still thriving, too.

Lakers seek redemption in finals against the Magic

Mark Lamport-Stokes Reuters 02.06.2009
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Humiliated after losing last year's NBA Finals to the Boston Celtics, the Los Angeles Lakers are looking for redemption when they lock horns with the Orlando Magic in this season's best-of-seven finale.


Lakers Regain Their Focus, Shaking Off the Nuggets

HOWARD BECK The New York Times 28.05.2009
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It was not a punch, just a hard foul across the noggin, but it left Kobe Bryant momentarily dazed. He collected himself near the basket stanchion, exhaled and shook his head rapidly, as if to shake loose the cobwebs.

Lakers still growing, and it can be painful

Mark Heisler Los Angeles Times 27.05.2009
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All but forgotten amid their erratic postseason play is the fact that the Lakers are still a young team, with two starters under 24. Maybe they're just not ready yet.


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Dwight Howard dominated the overtime period to lift the Orlando Magic to a 116-114 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday, putting the home team on the verge of a trip to the NBA finals.

A Little of Everything Helps Nuggets Tie Series

JOHN BRANCH The New York Times 26.05.2009
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Nuggets coaches spelled out the strategy on a dry-erase board in their locker room before Game 4 of the Western Conference finals against the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night.


Magic Seizes a Redeeming Series Lead Over the Cavs

JONATHAN ABRAMS The New York Times 25.05.2009
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The energy had bubbled up and over. Dwight Howard had kept his emotions sealed for an unnerving 48 hours before they spilled out Sunday night.

Nuggets knock off Lakers to even series

Broderick Turner Los Angeles Times 22.05.2009
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Carmelo Anthony scores 34 points and Chauncey Billups adds 27 to steal a win at Staples Center. Kobe Bryant finishes with 32 points but doesn't get a shot during final two possessions.


Lakers' Kobe Bryant saw this Denver matchup coming

Mike Bresnahan Los Angeles Times 19.05.2009
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Kobe Bryant knew this would happen. No, really.

Another crushing defeat for Lakers in Texas

Mike Bresnahan Los Angeles Times 15.05.2009
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Lakers can't overcome terrible start and are forced to a seventh game by the Rockets.


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Chauncey Billups guided the resurgent Denver Nuggets to a first Western Conference finals since 1985 Wednesday with a 124-110 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.

Lakers defuse Rockets to close in on series victory

Mark Lamport-Stokes Reuters 13.05.2009
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Kobe Bryant scored a game-high 26 points as the Los Angeles Lakers crushed the Houston Rockets 118-78 Tuesday to grab a 3-2 lead in their Western Conference semi-final series.


Easy road won’t hurt Cavs in the long run

Mike Celizic NBC Sport 12.05.2009
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Would a loss along the way actually help Cleveland? That’s ridiculous

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The Cleveland Cavaliers brushed aside the Atlanta Hawks 84-74 to sweep their NBA Eastern Conference semi-final series 4-0 Monday.



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