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Spurs set the standard the Lakers are aspiring to reach

Spurs set the standard the Lakers are aspiring to reach

Someday, the Lakers hope, they will share the ball as efficiently and cleverly as the San Antonio Spurs did Sunday in racking up 37 assists on 49 field goals in a 119-98 rout at Staples Center.

Someday, the Lakers dream, they will again experience stability as a franchise, as the Spurs have enjoyed over the 20-plus seasons of Gregg Popovich’s coaching tenure, and they will again make seamless transitions from one triumphant era to the next and attract free agents who will take less-than-maximum paydays in exchange for a strong chance to win a championship in Los Angeles.

The distance between their reality and their dreams never seemed greater than it did Sunday during their...

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