The Lakers' transformation was less dramatic than that of the Celtics but the end result was the same. Like the Celtics, the Lakers finished as the No. 1 seed in their conference with a decisive win over Sacramento last night. That gives L.A. the home-court advantage in what figures to be a much more difficult playoff battle in the wild, wild West. And Bryant? After averaging 28.3 points, 5.4 assists and 6.3 rebounds -- and showing that he understands there are four other guys wearing the same uniform -- he may finally get the MVP coronation that has so far eluded him.