The Los Angeles Lakers finally saw their winning streak come to an end last week, with Sunday's loss to the Denver Nuggets at home. However, the week for the Lakers was quite eventful, as they vanquished the Mavericks in a game that featured three Lakers ejected (all three "Killer Bs"), and Lamar Odom proved that not even sickness could keep him down.â†µ
The Lakers began the week with three days to prepare for the Mavericks, and it showed, as Dallas was run off the Staples Center floor 110-82. The Lakers all but secured the No. 2 spot, at least, with the win, and in the process had three players ejected. Matt Barnes and Steve Blake were ejected for a fracas after Jason Terry pushed Blake to the ground after a foul.â†µâ†µ
Barnes was suspended for the next night's game, in Utah against the depleted and fading Jazz. Utah, however, put up a fight in the first half, building a 16-point lead, but the Lakers took control and pulled away for an 11-point win. Lamar Odom threw up several times during the game, and drank an absurd 12 Gatorades after the win, but it didn't stop him from putting up 16 points and seven rebounds. For the week, Odom averaged 16.3 points and 8.3 boards per contest.â†µ
The Lakers tried to run their win streak to 10 on Sunday, but lost to the Nuggets at home, 95-90. The Lakers even with the loss have been on fire since the All-Star break at 17-2, but Denver has been great too, at 15-4, remarkable since it has all come after trading superstar Carmelo Anthony. The Lakers have just six games left this season, but still have an outside shot at the No. 1 seed and possible home court advantage throughout the playoffs.â†µ
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