Maybe all that roster shuffling is finally paying off for Larry Brown. They beat the Cavs and Mavs (in OT), respectively, to run their win streak to five straight and remain the NBA's only unbeaten team in 2006.
Like the Rockets and Kings, they too have been plagued by injuries of late. They were minus six regulars (Emeka Okafor, Kareem Rush, Brevin Knight, Sean May, Melvin Ely and Jake Voskuhl) in Wednesday's loss at Toronto.
They ended Kobe's 45-point streak in Wednesday's victory over the Lakers, snapping their own six-game losing skid in the process. With their next six games at the Rose Garden, they can only hope the win over L.A. was a springboard.