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|Even Kobe Bryant couldn't will the Lakers to a victory in Miami. They are 1-5 on the road so far this season.|
"If I think about most of our road games, we've played from behind quite a bit and that's a tough thing to do when you're playing against good, quality teams ... We have to figure it out. There aren't any excuses. We have to figure out how to win games on the road. Period," Fisher said. If you think of the Lakers' most recent back-to-back title-winning teams, they constantly proved their mettle on the road, whether it was going to Boston and exorcising demons in the 2008-09 regular season or closing out playoff series on the road in Oklahoma City and Phoenix in 2010. Kobe Bryant offered a simple checklist to get back on track outside of L.A. "Just control tempo," Bryant said. "Manage turnovers. Understand certain momentum shifts in the game." In the bigger picture, the Lakers need to understand that any momentum they build for themselves at home will be dashed if they can't back it up on the road. "Just 'cause we beat Dallas, that doesn't mean we've arrived. We still have a long way to go," Brown said before the game. Yes, they have a long way to go. A flight to Orlando, a flight to Oklahoma City, a flight to San Antonio, a flight to Dallas. And on and on and on. It would be nice for L.A. if they brought back a win as a souvenir every once in a while. Dave McMenamin covers the Lakers for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Follow him on Twitter.