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Lakers' record doesn't matter tonight, confident Nuggets say

Martin The Denver Post's Dave Krieger writes that the time is right tonight for the Denver Nuggets to overtake the Lakers as the best of the West.

The Nuggets, while respectful of the Lakers' 65 wins during the regular season, seem to feel the same way.

"Sixty-five wins don't mean nothing right now," Kenyon Martin said. "They won those games. Great. They have the best record in the West. Can't take that from them. But it's a different ballgame now because we're playing the same team every other night. I think we match up with those guys well. So we like our chances."

Krieger adds: "The Lakers are making the guttural sounds of a team ready to unravel. Forward Pau Gasol wants more touches. Coach Phil Jackson wants more free throws. Or fewer. It's hard to tell, but he's definitely not happy with the referees."

-- Randy Harvey

Photo: Denver's Kenyon Martin dunks during the Nuggets' victory in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals on Monday. Credit: Rick Giase / EPA

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