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Matt Harpring
Play of Lakers' second unit is first-rate

The Lakers are on top of the Western Conference. Their reserves might be there too. Be it Sasha Vujacic's three-point accuracy, Jordan Farmar's push-the-pace persona or Ronny Turiaf's liveliness around the basket, the Lakers have received continual contributions from their second unit. Is it the best in the West? "Well, we'd like to think it was," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said. Like the conference race, it's a close call. San Antonio has a scoring machine in Manu Ginobili and hardy center-forward Kurt Thomas. Phoenix has versatile Boris Diaw and whiz-quick Leandro Barbosa coming off the bench. Dallas has veteran scorers in Jason Terry, who was a...

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