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Lakers might have a new rival

The Thunder proved an exciting and energetic opponent against L.A.

Updated: May 1, 2010, 2:40 PM ET
By Brian Kamenetzky | ESPNLosAngeles.com

OKLAHOMA CITY -- It can certainly survive without them, but NBA basketball, particularly in the postseason, craves rivalries. Since the heyday of L.A. versus Boston, the Lakers have floated through a few: Detroit, Sacramento, San Antonio and Denver, all in varying degrees of intensity, importance and satisfaction.

On Friday night, the Lakers eliminated the Oklahoma City Thunder in a tension-filled 95-94 Game 6 win, pushing them through into a second-round matchup with Utah, ...

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