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Bryant's defense keys Lakers' win over Cavs

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05:49 PM ET 01.15 | Much has been made of the Los Angeles Lakers' defense this season. Almost all of it has been negative. But if there was anything good to take from coach Mike D'Antoni's defense of late, it's been the play of Kobe Bryant, who D'Antoni has used as his disruptor. Part of it could be point guard Steve Nash's deficiencies on the defensive end, but on Sunday, Bryant stymied Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving, holding the second-year pro to 15 points, which is eight below his season average. "Kobe starting on Kyrie and some of the other matchups they had, they came out much more aggressive," Cleveland head coach Byron Scott told the Los Angeles Times. "They didn't just sit back. They were the initiator, and I thought that was the biggest difference."

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January 15, 2013  06:37 PM ET
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Kobe can't play defense? Lol. Russ didn't mention Irving lighting up the Lakers in this game. I wonder why? Lol.

the Lakers got a split- each won at home, against the Cavs!

Irving TORCHED them for 28 points, 11 assists and 6 boards in Cleveland- Cleveland is playing for a draft pick this year

while LA was heralded as title favorites by Lakers fans preseason- now the LAkeres would be LUCKY if they even make the playoffs


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