Basketball in Los Angeles

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L.A.'s pro basketball teams play at the Staples Center (1111 S. Figueroa St., Downtown 213/742-7340 box office www.staplescenter.com).

Los Angeles Lakers. See where Magic Johnson once strutted his stuff. It's not easy to get tickets, but if you can, don't miss the chance to see this championship-winning team—especially if the Lakers are playing their rivals, the Celtics, Clippers, or Spurs. Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., Downtown, Los Angeles, CA, 90015. 310/426–6000. www.nba.com/lakers.

Clippers. It's often easier and cheaper to score tickets for L.A.'s "other" basketball team, the Clippers. Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA, 90015. 213/742–7100. www.nba.com/clippers.

Los Angeles Sparks. After the 2010 retirement of WNBA superstar Lisa Leslie, the Los Angeles Sparks have put the spotlight on forward Candace Parker, who was named MVP in an all-star game in 2013. Staples Center, 1111 S Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA, 90015. 310/426–6031. www.wnba.com/sparks.

University of Southern California. The Trojans of the University of Southern California play at the Galen Center. Galen Center, 3400 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA, 90007. 213/740–4672. www.usctrojans.com.

University of California at Los Angeles. The University of California at Los Angeles Bruins play at Pauley Pavilion on the UCLA campus. Pauley Pavilion, 405 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90095. 310/825–2101. uclabruins.collegesports.com.

These schools go head-to-head in Pac 10 competition.

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