Lakers pick up the intensity

Updated: December 24, 2010, 8:13 PM ET
By Dave McMemanin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- With Miami coming to town on Christmas Day, the Los Angeles Lakers turned up the heat at practice Thursday.

"It was actually a very good practice," said a smiling and sweat-soaked Pau Gasol. "We got a lot of stuff done. We worked intensively and it was probably one of the best days that we had all year."

The team practiced longer than usual, staying on the floor for two-plus hours, and every player on the roster went through the full activities, other than injured ...

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