Updated: March 16, 2010, 1:32 AM ET

Garnett Won't Stop At Whistle

Lakers Racing To Finish

By Dave McMenamin

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- In the short term, the Lakers' next two games will be a practice in pace, as Los Angeles will try to control the tempo against the speedy Warriors and Kings teams up in Northern California by using their size and "imposing their will," as Lamar Odom said after Sunday's practice.

Golden State's "pace factor" (or the number of possessions a team uses per game) is 102.3 while Sacramento's is 96.8, according to ESPN's John Hollinger. The Lakers' pace factor registers at 95.9.

In the long run, however, the Lakers will try to control the pace in which it approaches the last 16 games of the season as they hope to build on the momentum of their team-centric win in Phoenix on Friday.

"At a point the season was moving pretty fast, but now it's not moving as fast," Ron Artest said. "It's at a good pace right now, I think. I don't want it to move any faster because we got a lot of work to do. I don't want it to be April yet."

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