It appears the Lakers won't need to restart the season anymore.

Sure, the Lakers have to dig plenty before climbing out of the bottom of the Western Conference. But by securing a 105-96 victory over Oklahoma City on Sunday at Staples Center, the Lakers scooped up mounds of dirt with one giant shovel.

Or in the words of Kobe Bryant: "It feels good to finally beat a team that's worth a (damn)."

The Lakers only have a two-game winning streak and a 10 th-place spot in the Western Conference. Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni, for one, looked at the team's 19-25 record and proclaimed "it just upset my stomach."

After all, the Lakers still trail the Houston Rockets (24-22) by 4 1/2 games for the eighth playoff spot. But the Lakers provided a perfect blueprint on how to narrow that gap.

"We're doing a good job of being real with each other and holding each other accountable," Bryant said. "That makes a big difference."

The Lakers' blueprint is one that few would have imagined after constructing a team full of Hall of Famers. But it still appeared unbeatable.

Instead of scoring, Bryant played the facilitating role by posting a near triple-double with 21 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds.

Instead of running the offense, Steve Nash took a larger share of shots en route to 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting and five assists.