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Lakers Try to End Four-Game Trip on a Winning Note Today

Times Staff Writer

Now that their nine-game winning streak is over, the Lakers are turning their thoughts toward finishing their four-game trip with a victory and beginning another streak.

The Lakers, who have won two of the three games so far, play the New York Knicks today (Channel 2, 9 a.m. PST).

“If we go 3-1 on this trip, I’m very satisfied,” Laker Coach Pat Riley said.

Before being upset, 122-113, Friday night at Indianapolis, the Lakers had visions of a road sweep. That would have meant they could have carried an 11-game winning streak home with them if they beat the Knicks, who, like the Pacers and the Kings, are last in their division.

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Riley said that losing to the Pacers has given the Lakers something to think about.

“It might have shaken us up a little bit,” he said.

James Worthy said he didn’t feel that the law of averages finally caught up with the Lakers in Indiana.

“When you win a lot of games in a row, you might always think that it’s going to end sometime,” he said. “But I don’t think we had that on our mind.

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“All we can do now is start another winning streak.”

Despite the loss, the Lakers (40-17) maintained their 13-game lead over Phoenix in the Pacific Division.

With Bernard King scoring 35 points, New York (19-37) defeated the Hawks Friday night at Atlanta, but they still trail Atlantic Division-leading Boston by 25 1/2 games.


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