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Celtics playing like the better team now

Los Angeles put in the effort but looked disjointed and flustered against Boston

Updated: January 31, 2011, 1:04 AM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- It was almost easier losing to Miami on Christmas Day.

Easier to forgive, because the rivalry with Miami is still being created.

Easier to forget, because the Los Angeles Lakers walked away feeling like they never really showed up.

Kobe Bryant may have had a lot more public venom after the loss to the Heat, but no matter how much poise or patience the Lakers seemed to project after Sunday's 109-96 loss to the Boston Celtics, this one is going to be harder ...

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