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By J.A. Adande
LOS ANGELES -- In a Lakers-Rockets game with no shortage of big names you had to dig deep through the box score to find the real star, the guy Phil Jackson calls a "stealth player."
Six of his teammates scored more points. Pau Gasol grabbed nearly twice as many rebounds. But Trevor Ariza was the guy secretly responsible for an astounding 45-point swing, from a 16-point Rockets lead early in the second quarter to a 111-82 Lakers victory.
For all the stat geeks, Ariza had a plus/minus of +34 Sunday night. Put that in your web browser and click it. Good things happen when Ariza's on the court, even if he doesn't always get his name called over the loudspeakers when the play is finished.
"He's like a ghost out there," Jackson said. "Like a shadow. Just all of a sudden he shows on a screen, he's gone. He's a blip and he's away."
If he keeps playing at this high level, he may give Lamar some competition for the 6th man award.