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Lakers one season removed from Andre Iguodala's buzzer-beater

January 29, 2010 |  1:00 pm

The Lakers don't have to go far to find sources of motivation even when facing three consecutive below-.500 teams during this eight-game trip. Beyond just wanting to get on the winning track after dropping two of the first three road games, the Lakers also had other variables to push them along.

They played inspired basketball Tuesday in a victory over the Wizards, a day after visiting the White House, where President Obama honored the Lakers' 2009 championship season. Though the Lakers didn't provide the same effort Wednesday in a sluggish first half against Indiana, a second-half run secured an easy victory and prevented the Pacers from replicating last season's victory featuring a Troy Murphy tip-in at the buzzer.

Considering the Lakers are feeling the grind from the trip, it's easy to anticipate the Lakers looking past the Philadelphia 76ers (15-30) tonight, especially considering Sunday's matchup against the Boston Celtics. But here's a source of motivation that should rile the team up -- last season's 94-93 loss to Philadelphia featured another buzzer-beater. This one came from Andre Iguodala in a game in which the Lakers allowed Philadelphia to slash a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit.

-- Mark Medina

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