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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 107-97 victory over Denver Nuggets

January 22, 2011 | 11:59 am

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--The Times' Mike Bresnahan credits the Lakers' balance in their 107-97 victory Friday over the Denver Nuggets.

--The Denver Post's Chris Dempsey highlights the Nuggets' inability to limit the Lakers inside.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding credits the Lakers' attention to detail.

--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford looks at why the Lakers' chemistry clicked.

Notebooks

--The Times' Broderick Turner explains why Phil Jackson agrees with Jeanie Buss' views on contraction. Being in a relationship is a start.

--The Denver Post's Dempsey provides a medical update on Kenyon Martin.

--The Daily Breeze's Teaford provides a medical update on Theo Ratliff.

Sidebar

--The Times' Lance Pugmire examines the betting patterns surrounding the Lakers.

--CBSSports.com's Ken Berger gives a blow-by-blow account of what led to the Nets canceling their meeting with Carmelo Anthony.

--The Denver Post's Benjamin Hochman explains how the Melo Drama would make for a compelling book.

--AOL Fanhouse's Chris Tomasson highlights Kobe Bryant's contention that players don't control their own destiny.

Columns

--Fox Sports' Mitch Lawrence predicts the Lakers will three-peat.

--The Denver Post's Woody Paige details how laughter has proven to be the best remedy for Nuggets Coach George Karl in dealing with the Melo Drama.

--Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen believes the Lakers will fare well in the second half of the season.

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz wonders why the uncertainty surrounding Anthony's future still looms this late into the season.

Blogs

--Ball Don't Lie's Eric Freeman muses that Bryant's hand and footprints won't be on permanent display at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' victory.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin lists 10 things to take away from the Lakers-Nuggets game.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell details the game in a running diary.

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore calls the Nuggets' victory a quality road win for the Lakers.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano notes that Bryant's fingerprints are all over this win.

Tweet of the Day: "Reporter to Carmelo Anthony: 'No questions about the T-word.' Melo's response: 'That's because ain't ...to say.' No trade, means nothing" -- BA_Turner (L.A. Times Lakers beat reporter Broderick Turner)

Reader Comment of the Day: "The Lakers showed both why and how no team can beat them in a 7-game playoff series. While they can be caught napping during the regular season and embarrassed, the more often they play a team, the more focused and playoff-intense they get...and that includes Phil. Size + focus + intensity + playoff DNA = #17 " -- Corner J

--Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant holds his defensive position against Denver forward Carmelo Anthony during Friday night's game in Denver. Credit: Rick Wilking / Reuters


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