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The Lakers keep their win streak alive and Mike D’Antoni wins his first game as Lakers head coach. They beat the Brooklyn Nets 93-90 in a thriller.

Player(s) of the game: Dwight Howard with 23 points (8-11), 15 rebounds, 3 assists, and 4 blocked shots. Kobe Bryant with 23 points (8-15), 5 assists, and 4 rebounds. Last but not least, Metta World Peace with 17 points (4-9), 8 rebounds, and 2 steals.

Mike D’Antoni’s nearly four-year tenure as Knicks coach came to a surprising end today when he reached a mutual decision with the team to step aside. In this 1987 photo, the guard dribbles for Tracer Milan of the Italian League during a game against the USSR. D’Antoni was 121-167 since being hired by New York in May 2008.  (Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)

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The one thing you have to say about Kobe is his intensity, and that goes a long way. As your body gets older, you lose it mentally. You don’t want to train. You’re just tired. You got a lot of money, and you know what, it’s hard. Kobe is not going to let that happen to him. He’s too intense and too much of a champion.
—  Mike D’Antoni on Kobe’s work ethic

A day ago, it seemed like Phil Jackson was a lock to return to the Lakers but by Sunday night, former Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni was the Lakers choice after talks with Jackson broke down. In this 1987 photo, L.A.’s new coach dribbles for Tracer Milan of the Italian League during a game against the USSR. D’Antoni was 121-167 during his four seasons coaching the Knicks.  (Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)

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