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Lakers’ Week 10 in review: Three-game winning streak

Kobe Bryant

The Lakers’ Kobe Bryant acknowledges the fans as he walks off the court in Boston after the Lakers’ 112-104 win over the Celtics on Wednesday.

(Winslow Townson / Associated Press)

The Lakers started Week 10 with a 108-98 loss in Charlotte to the Hornets, falling to former Lakers point guard Jeremy Lin.

Lin seems much happier in Charlotte than he did through one year with the Lakers. Michael Jordan gave Kobe Bryant a video message, honoring the Lakers All-Star’s long career.

The Lakers moved on to face the Celtics, for Bryant’s final visit to Boston. Bryant reflected on his long rivalry with the Celtics and how it motivated him.

In one of their best games of the season, the Lakers pulled out a 112-104 victory.

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After a road-heavy December, the Lakers returned home for a long stretch with 12 games in January at home. Despite the team’s poor 8-27 record this season, the Lakers have a few things to look forward to.

Bryant had to sit out against the Philadelphia 76ers because of a sore shoulder, but the Lakers pulled away with a 93-84 victory, their first back-to-back wins of the season.

Former Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni returned refreshed and revived to Staples Center as an assistant coach with Philadelphia.

Bryant, still struggling with a sore shoulder, was unable to play against the Phoenix Suns on Sunday. The Lakers were able to win their third straight with a blowout over the Suns, 97-77. Coach Byron Scott wasn’t thrilled with the team’s poor fourth quarter.

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The Lakers have found a potent double dose of power at forward with Larry Nance Jr. and Julius Randle.

Meanwhile, General Manager Mitch Kupchak said the Lakers can’t move on until Bryant retires. He also said the team may retire both “8" and “24" for Bryant.

Finally, the Lakers have to decide soon on the contracts of Metta World Peace, Tarik Black and Marcelo Huertas.

Email Eric Pincus at eric.pincus@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @EricPincus.


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