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Don't group this loss with others

The Lakers lost to the league-leading Spurs, but this time the effort was a worthy one

Updated: February 4, 2011, 9:37 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- We feel the need to group things in our society, from keeping the socks with the other socks in the underwear drawer to separating who we follow into similarly sorted columns in our TweetDeck.

By that logic, the Los Angeles Lakers' 89-88 loss at the buzzer to the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday will be put in the context of the purple and gold's continued struggles against the league's elite teams, but it shouldn't be.

Antonio McDyess' tip-in as time expired dropped the ...

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