Worries over economic downturn are nowhere to be found as money flows at playoff time at Staples Center.

L.A. Times: Even though Shona Jones’ seats were near the ceiling, she couldn’t stop smiling.

Jones had driven from her San Diego home to Staples Center on Sunday with her two kids and one of her best friends.

She took a breather before going to her seats, time enough to tally the damage. Tickets, gas, parking, hot dogs, sodas, T-shirts and Lakers Crocs for the kids — she estimated that all together the day would cost near $1,000, a hefty chunk for a legal clerk and her waitress pal.

“It’s the playoffs,” she said. “Kobe and Iverson.”

But $1,000?, she was asked. That’s a lot for one game.

“I wouldn’t miss this for anything,” she said, her smile tightening. “It’s just so much fun, and worth the memories . . . even in times like these, you can’t put a price on that.”

Absolutely.

These are tough times. It’s the economy, the war, the election, the environment. Pessimism rules. The doomsayers crow.

But inside Staples Center on the day of a Lakers playoff game, where the cheap seats run $200, tough times seem far away.

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