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It's no longer a zero-sum game as Lakers finally get first win
It's no longer a zero-sum game as Lakers finally get first win

Fear not. The Lakers won't go 0-82. After so much had gone wrong in two long weeks, they unwrapped a surprisingly easy victory Sunday to end their worst start in 57 years. Partial standing ovations in the third quarter turned into loud appreciative ones in the fourth as the Lakers beat the Charlotte Hornets, 107-92, at Staples Center. Streamers fell from above, courtside ticket-holders couldn't stop beaming, and was that a smile from Kobe Bryant? Maybe. But certainly no celebrating for a team with a 1-5 record, even though an 0-7 start in 1957 can no longer be matched. "Got to start somewhere," Bryant said. TNT analyst Charles Barkley can now eat without guilt...

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