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Lakers kick it up a notch

Updated: January 8, 2007, 5:02 PM ET
By Eric Neel | ESPN The Magazine

LOS ANGELES -- For three weeks and 13 games they've looked invincible. Ridiculously deep. Stupid flexible. Well-coached. Disciplined. And all kinds of confident. For three weeks and 13 games, each Dallas Mavericks tip-off felt like a formality, like you weren't wondering if, but how, they'd carve another notch.

Then Sunday night the Lakers up and beat 'em, 101-98, like it wasn't nothing but a thing, like the Mavs were ripe for the taking all along.

How'd they pull it off? ...

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