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Lakers, Jazz gear up for stretch run for 8th seed

Updated: March 28, 2013, 10:29 PM ET
Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Jazz were in this position last year and pulled it off. The built-for-championship Lakers never expected to be anywhere close.

With three weeks remaining, the battle for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff berth is on.

"If you're competitive, you've got to love this time, this opportunity," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said Thursday. "That's (what makes you) thrive. You're in this fight."

His Jazz play at Portland on Friday, while the Lakers ...

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