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Lack of defense bites Lakers again

Looking to find consistency, L.A. gives up another big lead in a loss at Dallas

Updated: January 20, 2011, 3:16 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

DALLAS -- Kobe Bryant kept his Mamba side in check and looked as balanced as the scales of justice as he doled out double-digit assists to go with 21 points.

Pau Gasol looked as though he had turned back the calendar to his dominant days of November, scoring 17 points before halftime en route to 23 on an efficient 11-for-16 line for the game.

Lamar Odom continued his All-Star campaign, going for a clean 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Even Steve Blake, he of the 37.2 percent ...

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