6. Los Angeles Lakers

Record: 23 - 14
Last Week's Rank: 8
Last Week's Results: W vs. Minnesota 104-85, (Wed); W vs. Sacramento 115-107, (Fri); W vs. Miami 83-93, (Sun)
This Week: @ Detroit, Tuesday (3/6); @ Washington, Wednesday (3/7); @ Minnesota, Friday (3/9); vs. Boston, Sunday (3/11)

Don't make Kobe Bryant angry. You wouldn't like him when he's angry. After having his nose broken and suffering a concussion in the All-Star Game, the Black Mamba turned into the Black Jason and started slaying all opponents in his way. Bryant scored 30-plus points and shot 54.3% from the field in three games this week. The highlight of the week and arguably the pinnacle of the season thus far came in Sunday's victory over Miami. It was the first time the Lake Show was able to beat the Heat since the Big Three got together in the summer of 2010 (though Chris Bosh did not play on Sunday due to a death in the family). The Lakers are now tied with the Clippers atop the Pacific Division and the trade rumor drama seems to have calmed down a bit. What a difference a mask makes. —Ralph Warner

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