No excuses for Lakers in victory

Updated: February 7, 2010, 11:35 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Benjamin Franklin once said, "He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else."

There were plenty of built-in excuses available to the Lakers on Saturday.

Kobe Bryant wasn't playing, his sprained left ankle causing him to sit out his first game because of injury in more than three years.

Andrew Bynum got hurt, landing awkwardly on his hip just a minute into the game and then not playing a minute in the second half.

The Lakers were at ...

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