Found January 27, 2013 on Fox Sports West:
LOS ANGELES -- "Winning is fun," said Pau Gasol after the Lakers beat Oklahoma City 105-96 Sunday afternoon at Staples Center. The Lakers (19-25) had a lot of fun against the 34-11 Thunder. Even though it seems like things are upside-down in Lakerland with Gasol -- a four-time All Star -- is now a reserve; Steve Nash looking more like a shooting guard than a point guard; and Kobe Bryant gobbling up the assists, everything is finally going well for L.A. They held the highest scoring team in the league to 10 points under its season average, and were able to shut down virtually every comeback attempt by OKC. The norm for this season was L.A. gets a lead, blows the lead quickly and goes on to lose -- again. The last two games -- including a win over Utah Friday night -- the nation saw a different Laker team, one that played hard and sacrificed for the good of the team, not the luster of the stat sheet. "We're talking, our rotations are there and we're gett...
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