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Russell Valenzuela graduated from UC Irvine and writes for Lakers Nation. As a Laker fan since childhood, he follows and tracks statistics for a variety of sports.

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Kobe Bryant Highlights: Scores 31 In Losing Effort Vs. Phoenix

After learning that rookie Julius Randle is expected to miss the entire 2014-15 season, the Los Angeles Lakers were forced to move on quickly as the team took on the Phoenix Suns Wednesday night. With the shortened roster, Kobe Bryant carried the Lakers, but couldn't bring them to a win. The Lakers fell 119-99 to begin the 2014-15 season at 0-2. -- Have You Seen These LIMITED EDITION "Mamba Strikes Back" T- ...

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Lakers News: Kobe Bryant Reacts To Dwight Howard Altercation

The Los Angeles Lakers began their 2014-15 season with a devastating 108-90 loss to the Houston Rockets that saw Julius Randle go down with a fractured tibia. Coming into the game, many focused on Kobe Bryant taking on Dwight Howard's Rockets for the first time. -- Have You Seen These LIMITED EDITION "Mamba Strikes Back" T-Shirts? -- During the fourth quarter of Tuesday's game, everything was clearly in Hou ...

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Lakers Preseason: Lin, Randle, Davis Shine, But Team Loses At Buzzer

Following an impressive defensive performance to take down the Portland Trail Blazers Wednesday, the Los Angeles Lakers were in Las Vegas for their final preseason game Friday night. Opposing them were the Sacramento Kings who were also playing in their last tune up. -- Have You Seen These LIMITED EDITION "Mamba Strikes Back" T-Shirts? -- Jordan Hill and Carlos Boozer were held out of the starting lineup as ...

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Kobe On Wes Johnson’s Missed Free Throws: ‘Good For Him’

During Tuesday night's game, Kobe Bryant hit three clutch shots and gave the Lakers a late lead. The shots added to Bryant's long resume of game-winning performances, but a pair of missed free throws by Wesley Johnson allowed the Suns to send the game into overtime where the Lakers fell, 114-108. -- Have You Seen These LIMITED EDITION "Mamba Strikes Back" T-Shirts? -- Despite the missed opportunity, Bryant ...

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VIDEO: Kobe Bryant Hits Three Clutch Shots In Final Minutes

The Los Angeles Lakers fought their way back again in a preseason game Tuesday night and found themselves in a close match with the Phoenix Suns. With the score close in the final minutes, Kobe Bryant took control just as he has done in the past. The first basket came with just over two minutes left in the game and tied it at 88 apiece. Bryant took the ball at the elbow and drove towards the baseline to hit ...

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Los Angeles Lakers Vs. Phoenix Suns NBA Highlights

The Los Angeles Lakers were back in action Tuesday night for a preseason bout with the Phoenix Suns. The team is coming off a win Sunday night from which they came back from 22 down to take down the Utah Jazz 98-91. Jeremy Lin made his return Tuesday, but was held out of the starting lineup as Byron Scott elected to go with Ronnie Price, Kobe Bryant, Wesley Johnson, Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill. Check out ...

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Lakers News: Byron Scott Applauds Julius Randle’s Effort

After dropping three preseason games in a row, the Los Angeles Lakers found a way to win Sunday night. The team rode an impressive second half effort to end up victorious, 98-91. -- Have You Seen These LIMITED EDITION "Mamba Strikes Back" T-Shirts? -- Several Lakers played well during the stretch including rookie Julius Randle. For his efforts, coach Byron Scott gave him high marks postgame, according to La ...

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Los Angeles Lakers Vs. Utah Jazz NBA Highlights

After facing each other Thursday night, the Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz met again Sunday for a preseason bout. Another lackluster performance ended with Utah coming out victorious in the first meeting causing the team's record to fall to 1-3. Ryan Kelly was expected to make his return Sunday, but injured his other hamstring to keep him sidelined. Jeremy Lin sat out again as Byron Scott sent out Ronnie ...

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Lakers News: Byron Scott Believes Julius Randle Could Play Harder

Following last year's disappointing 27-55 finish, the Los Angeles Lakers were granted the seventh pick and given the chance to rebuild with a promising young talent. The team ended up drafting Kentucky's Julius Randle with hopes he would help the team. -- Have You Seen These LIMITED EDITION "Mamba Strikes Back" T-Shirts? -- Four games into the preseason, Randle hasn't been producing what has been expected f ...

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Los Angeles Lakers Vs. Utah Jazz NBA Highlights

The Los Angeles Lakers were back in action Thursday night for a preseason bout with the Utah Jazz. In their last two games, the Lakers were blown out by the Golden State Warriors and gladly welcomed the Jazz to the Honda Center. Byron Scott went with Ronnie Price, Kobe Bryant, Wesley Johnson, Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill for the starting lineup. Entering the game, the Lakers had a preseason record of 1-2. ...

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