Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 12/5/12
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The Los Angeles Lakers badly need a victory Wednesday night considering the location of the final stop of this week's road trip. The Lakers will try to avoid their second three-game skid and could again be without Pau Gasol as they take on the New Orleans Hornets. Los Angeles (8-10) led by as many as 17 points and was still up 13 in the fourth quarter before falling 107-105 at Houston on Tuesday to open a three-game trip. After allowing 40 fourth-quarter points in Sunday's 113-103 defeat to Orlando, the Lakers gave up 34 in the final period against the Rockets. Dwight Howard did not have a shot attempt in the fourth Tuesday as Houston intentionally fouled him, and he made 8 of 16 free throws overall. "People are going to say whatever they want to say, but at the end of the day, go back and look at the game,'' Howard said. "The reason we lost was not my free throws. That didn't lose us the game. Our defense was not there in the fourth quarter.'' Gasol, averaging a career-low 12....
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