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Lakers welcome short respite

Updated: April 28, 2010, 2:56 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- In nearly seven months since training camp opened on Sept. 30, the Lakers have packed in eight exhibition games, 82 regular-season games and another four playoff games. So getting two days off prior to Tuesday's 111-87 victory over the Thunder in Game 5 provided some welcome rest.

The extra day made all the difference.

"It's a big deal for us to have a couple days off," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said.

Before the game, Jackson said he told his team that ...

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