With the Lakers' playoff aspirations hanging in the balance, Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol hope they duplicate something that spurred them to two consecutive NBA championships: Have the Lakers' offense center on them running the offense.

"It's unstoppable," Bryant said. "You can't guard it. You just hope we miss. There's no reasonable way you can defend that."

The Lakers (40-36) enter today's game against the Clippers (50-26) in a designated road game at Staples Center with a half-game lead over the Utah Jazz (40-37) for the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference, partly because of Gasol's emergence.

In the past five games, Gasol has averaged 14.8 points on 54.8 percent shooting, 7.8 rebounds and five assists.

In the Lakers' win Friday over Memphis, Bryant and Gasol accounted for 43 of the team's 86 points. The duo frequently orchestrated the offense with Bryant running the point while Gasol operated along the elbows.

"It's not just about making plays, but about setting up the offense that way, seeing how the defense reacts and then setting somebody else up for a good shot," Gasol said. "I'd like to see it happen the way it's been happening lately."