Wednesday , Apr , 05 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Lakers continue solid play

(Sports Network) – The Los Angeles Lakers are 40-35 and sit in the seventh
spot in the Western Conference playoff race. They have a two-game lead over
No. 8 Sacramento.

LA will play five of its final seven games at home this season. The
Lakers will host the Clippers, Golden State, Portland, Phoenix and the

The Lakers final two road contests are against Denver and the Suns.

On Thursday, Two teams that are thinking playoffs battle tonight, as the
Los Angeles Lakers visit the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. It is the
third and final meeting of the campaign between the squads. The Lakers won the
two previous contests and have won six of nine and seven of their last 12 at

The Lakers enter Thursday’s contest on a two-game winning streak. All-Star
Kobe Bryant posted 43 points and six assists to lead the Lakers to a 104-88
win over the Houston Rockets at the Staples Center.

Bryant has 23 games of at least 40 points this season, tying Elgin Baylor
(1962-63) for the franchise record.

Lamar Odom had 21 points and six rebounds and Smush Parker totaled 15 points
and a career-high 10 assists in the win over Houston for the Lakers, who have
won six of their last seven games overall.

Los Angeles is 18-21 as the visitor this season. The Lakers, who have won two
in a row on the road, will visit Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns on Friday at
US Airways Center.