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LA Lakers defeat Sacramento Kings 124-101. No tacos for the fans, but joy still rang out with the Lakers clinching the #1 seed in the Western Conference for the first time since the 1999-2000 season. If anyone predicted this 57-25 season after the chaos of last summer that simmered through training camp, they are liars. It's amazing what the emergence of Andrew Bynum, Lamar Odom, the bench and the Pau Gasol heist can do to a team. The Lakers now face either the Denver Nuggets or the Dallas Mavericks in the first round.

LA Dodgers defeat Pittsburgh Pirates 11-2. The pregame ceremony was nice, but having Chaka Khan singing the national anthem was probably the highlight of the ceremony. When I saw the lineup being announced, I really liked what I saw. So when the Dodgers reeled off eight runs in the fourth and fifth innings I wasn't all that surprised. Jeff Kent hit the Earl Weaver, James Loney got a single to extend his hitting streak to all 14 games this season, Andruw Jones had some good at-bats and Russell Martin hit a lead-off homer in the eighth inning. If I were Torre, I would keep this lineup intact for a while now.