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Lakers can't stop the Mavericks in 140-106 loss
Lakers can't stop the Mavericks in 140-106 loss

An enemy of the Lakers crept back into their lives. It stayed away for a handful of days, allowing the creation of a modest two-game win streak, but it returned Friday, bad breath, crooked teeth and everything. The Lakers' defense was dreadful again in a 140-106 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, the scoreboard telling the whole truth by showing Dallas with 110 points through three quarters. Three quarters! The Nick Young-as-savior stories can stop. Same for the Lakers-finding-themselves optimism. This is still a team that gave up 136 points last Sunday to Golden State and let Dallas shoot 62.2%. "Dumb plays," was the way Lakers Coach Byron Scott put it. "It...

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