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Celtics can't stop Lakers, skid

Fourth-quarter defense led to another frustrating loss

Updated: February 1, 2010, 9:09 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Of all the once-reliable aspects of the Boston Celtics that have eroded for the team during its recent skid, none is more troubling to coach Doc Rivers than its inability to produce timely stops.

And Rivers isn't talking about Kobe Bryant's fadeaway jumper over Ray Allen with 7.3 seconds remaining Sunday, which gave the Los Angeles Lakers a 90-89 win over the slumping Celtics. Allen played near-flawless defense on the play; Bryant simply made the type of shot he's made time and ...

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