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X-Factor: Kareem's Dream Game
Kareem Rush, who shot 35 percent from beyond the arc this season, had never hit more than three 3-pointers in any one game during his career. But it was the second-year pro's long distance shooting that propelled L.A. into NBA Finals 2004. Rush scored 18 points on six treys (6-for-7) as the Lakers beat the Timberwolves 96-90 on Monday,

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VIRTUAL GM TOP EFFICIENCY
Kareem Rush, L.A.
VGM value: 4.5
Monday: Rush posted a plus-21 efficiency rating, scoring 18 points on 6-for-7
3-point shooting.

TIME TO TUNE IN
Tuesday on ESPN
Pacers at Pistons, 8 p.m. ET

SPEAK IT, MAN
"He's one of the best shooters on the team. I'm the guy that's always on him, and he responded. I didn't have to get on him too much (tonight)."
-- Shaquille O'Neal on teammate Kareem Rush.

WHAT IS EFFICIENCY RATING?
Here is the formula:
((Pts + Reb + Ast + Stl + Blk) minus
((FGA - FGM) + (FTA - FTM) + TO))