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Phoenix is emphasizing the running game even without explosive finisher Amar'e Stoudemire and even with lumbering center Shaquille O'Neal, who meets up again with Kobe not long after the two shared MVP honors at the All-Star Game. The Suns' fast pace shouldn't bother the Lakers, who lead the NBA in scoring and rank in the top five in pace. The teams also play three days later in Phoenix.

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