Fifty-seven days into the season, Steve Nash finally played another home game.

Coincidentally, the Lakers beat the New York Knicks, won on Christmas for the first time since 2008, looked like a nicely balanced machine and gave their fans at Staples Center something beyond the free scarves received upon paid admission.

Yeah, Nash is going to be pretty important to this team.

"You're talking about one of the greatest point guards ever," Kobe Bryant said. "So he's able to line us up and get us into things that he believes will be most effective for us down the stretch.

"We're constantly communicating on the floor. There are stretches of ballgames where we say, 'OK, maybe we should go to this. OK, next time let's go to that.' But obviously, he's amazing."