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Finally, Russell Westbrook started to miss a few shots. The Oklahoma City point guard had lit up the Los Angeles Lakers with 27 points in the first half, but the halftime break appeared to have cooled him off a bit. As Westbrook missed all six shots he took in the third quarter, the Lakers did not lose any more ground on the scoreboard. The stage was set for Kobe Bryant to spear a fourth-quarter surge. Los Angeles did close within four points with 15 seconds remaining, but in the end the same thing that kept the Lakers from winning on Friday will keep them from contending for the Western Conference title unless they find a magic solution between now and April. The Lakers’ weaknesses have been well-documented, with their defensive inadequacies chief among them. But the loss to the Thunder offered the starkest example of the biggest reason they cannot hope to compete with the West’s elite, let alone set their sights on a championship. The problem is the point. Westbrook toasted Chris ...
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