The L.A. Lakers dethroned the Sacramento Kings last night (Apr. 15th) with a 23 point leading win of 124 – 101 claiming their title as Western Conference champs.

Top scorers of the game: Paul Gausol with 22 points, Kobe Byrant with 20 and Lamar Odom with 15. The Lakers will enter the playoffs with an 8-1 record (wins to losses). With a response from Kobe, he’s not underestimating his opponents in the upcoming playoff games:

“Whoever we face, we’re going to have our hands full,” “No matter who you match up with in the West, it’s going to be tough.”

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