--The Lakers are 6-12 on the road but get a chance to make up some ground there with an upcoming trip to Detroit, Washington and Minnesota. The Pistons and Wizards are also-rans already, and the Lakers have beaten the Timberwolves 17 games in a row -- the longest active NBA winning streak by one team versus another.
--The Lakers will wear their "Los Lakers" uniforms Sunday against the Heat, which will wear "El Heat" on theirs. The jerseys are part of the NBA's Noche Latina promotion. The Lakers are not scheduled to wear the uniforms again this month.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"It was kind of like a sauna on my face. I was drinking my own sweat or something." -- Kobe Bryant, on playing with a mask protecting his broken nose.
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