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Caught in the Web: Lakers present a much different effort against Houston

March 28, 2010 |  9:41 am

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Game Stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan details how the Lakers played much better in their 109-101 victory Saturday against the Houston Rockets than the team did in Friday's game against Oklahoma City.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding details Pau Gasol's season-high 30-point performance.

--The Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen details the Rockets' second-quarter letdown.

--NBA.com's Matt Miller outlines how the Lakers took advantage of injury-riddled Houston.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford observes that the Lakers' victory proved their embarrassing loss to Oklahoma City was just an aberration.


Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan reports that Lakers forward Lamar Odom doesn't believe players have tuned out Coach Phil Jackson, a sentiment he shared a day earlier with The Times' Broderick Turner.

--The Times' Turner says Rockets forward and former Laker Trevor Ariza has no regrets about joining Houston.


Columns

--The Times' T.J. Simers has a very interesting conversation with Lakers guard Derek Fisher about his struggling season and his future with the Lakers.

--The Orange County Register's Ding argues that the Lakers need their bench to listen more, especially Sasha Vujacic.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi reports that Jackson wants more from the team than just bouncing back from a loss.

--Even though Houston's defeat to the Lakers marked its fourth consecutive loss, The Dream Shake explains some of the positive developments on the Rockets' end.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' second-quarter run.

--Silver Screen and Roll chalked the Lakers' victory as a "pretty standard win for these Los Angeles Lakers, starting asleep, putting on a run to seemingly destroy any prospect of losing, yet then again very nearly losing the lead on the tail end. Nevertheless, it beats yesterday. Yawn. Playoffs, here we come."


More Lakers links

--The Times' Mark Heisler warns that any reports saying LeBron James will be going to (fill in the blank) after this season are all false, saying James won't make a decision until the NBA Finals are over.

--Among Fox Sports' 5 NBA Thoughts of the Week, one of them includes the prediction that the Lakers will stay on top in the Western Conference.

Tweet of the Day: "WORLD wants to see KobevsLeborn n the finals. this (MITE) b a finals preview yall turn n 2nite: check out magic/nuggets" -- Matt_Barnes22 (Orlando Magic forward Matt Barnes).

Reader Comment of the Day: "I can't get over the moon for a game against a band-aid torn version of the Rockets, but I certainly appreciated the vision on court after the débacle of the previous day." -- ZairaAmaterasu

-- Mark Medina

Photo: Kobe Bryant vies for a loose ball with Houston's Jermaine Taylor. Bryant's nine assists against the Rockets on Saturday night were two more than the Lakers had as a team in a 91-75 loss to Oklahoma City a night earlier. Credit: Dave Einsel / Associated Press

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