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Lakers are off to a scorching start in Western Conference finals against Suns

Kobe Bryant’s knee looked fine, no doubt about it. So did the Lakers, indisputably.

Instead of getting run off the court, the Lakers simply ran through the Phoenix Suns with a convoy of Bryant, two power forwards and a message to the remaining NBA heavyweights in a laughably easy 128-107 victory Monday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.

Bryant scored 40 points, Pau Gasol had 21, Lamar Odom was large off the bench with 19 points and 19 rebounds, and the Lakers shot 58% at Staples Center, more than enough to make their followers forget all the injury talk for one very significant night.

Game 2 in the best-of-seven series is Wednesday, assuming the Suns have recovered by that time.

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