The Credits: "Underworld Awakening"

Starring: The Lakers Fire is back. Ever since last season, we've seen a lack of mental toughness. Big leads lost. Meltdowns. Losses against terrible teams. Just a general lack of fight. Now, thanks to our JV squad, it's back:

Gasol pushed Reggie Evans to create more leverage on the box-out. Gasol then tossed him to the ground. That prompted Clippers forward Solomon Jones to push Gasol from behind, resulting in a near skirmish.

Lakers and Clippers teammates stormed to halfcourt to prevent a skirmish. Before thing settled down, however, Clippers center DeAndre Jordan and World Peace exchanged words and pushes before officials intervened.

The Lakers got a boost from old-school Ron Artest. If you were watching the game, his glare was downright intimidating. World Peace definitely brought the crazy against the Clippers. Even Kobe was impressed:

When it was over, Bryant was so proud to say: "There's a couple [expletives] in this league you don't mess with - and Metta is one of them."

Now that he knows that's what the Lakers want from him, he'll bring it every night:

"I got bored with defense because it was so easy for me to stop people over the years," World Peace said after Thursday's practice. "I just got bored with it."

Have the Lakers turned over a new leaf? Is Pau ready to bring Black Swan out on a permanent basis? Have the Clippers brought out the best in the Lakers?

Much more after the jump...

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