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Lakers fall to Suns, remain stuck on nine victories
Lakers fall to Suns, remain stuck on nine victories

That elusive 10th victory is still out of the Lakers' reach. So is a reliable defense. The small-ball Phoenix Suns stuck it to the home team with a never-quit offense and surprising tenacity on the boards in a 116-107 victory Sunday at Staples Center. Not even the return of Kobe Bryant, who played a very conservative game, could stop the Lakers from falling to 9-22. They haven't taken this long to win 10 games since the 1956-57 team needed 41 games to do it. That won't happen this season; this team is too close in too many fourth quarters before fading. But if it does, Bryant should be fun to listen to at practice. The Lakers lost because they couldn't stop the...

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