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Ian Thomsen
March 19, 2001
Beware: The Lakers are putting on their postseason game faces. No more squabbling. "We need each other," Shaquille O'Neal says of Kobe Bryant. "I need him, he needs me, like Magic needed Kareem." That's not the kind of talk their rivals like to hear....
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March 19, 2001

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Beware: The Lakers are putting on their postseason game faces. No more squabbling. "We need each other," Shaquille O'Neal says of Kobe Bryant. "I need him, he needs me, like Magic needed Kareem." That's not the kind of talk their rivals like to hear....

How much do the Celtics rely on Paul Pierce and Antoine Walker? During a remarkable 58-minute run covering three games last week Boston's co-captains were the only starting players to score a point....

Over his 14-year point guard Mark Jackson has bought a house in every city in which he's played—now five and counting. He was about to close on the sale of his house in Indianapolis last month when he learned that he would also have to put his house in Toronto on the market. Fortunately, the Raptors returned him to the Knicks, for whom he played his first five seasons; he already owns a house in Saddle River, N.J. "I always go to a place," Jackson admits, "and look at it like I'm going to [stay] there."

...Through Sunday, Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzke was within .4 of a point of having the highest single-season NBA scoring average by European. The record of 22.3 was set in 1992-93 by Nets guard Drazen Petrovic....

While peers marvel at the stability that Karl Malone and John Stockton have brought to the Jazz, Bryon Russell it a fixture in Utah as well. Not counting Malone and Stockton, only four active players hath been with one team longer than the 30-year-old Russell, who is in his eighth season in Salt Lake City....

More evidence that points are sometimes the least of Kevin Garnett's many contributions: At week's end the Timberwolves were 7-3 when Garnett led them in assists and 18-4 when he wasn't their leading scorer.

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