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Lakers' dominance in West fading

L.A. tries to keep the flame alive, while the Thunder emerges as the team to beat

Updated: March 30, 2012, 3:46 AM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- It's early still. Ramon Sessions is still learning his way around Los Angeles. Andrew Bynum is still maturing -- you hope -- into the leading role he must play for the Los Angeles Lakers now. Derek Fisher is still shopping for a new house in Oklahoma City.

So no, the Oklahoma City Thunder's 102-93 win over the Lakers on Thursday night doesn't portend anything definitive or meaningful if these teams meet down the line, deep in the Western Conference playoffs.

But it does ...

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