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No retreat, no surrender

In the interest of their brand and legacy, the Lakers cannot afford to "tank"

Updated: January 23, 2014, 2:29 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLA.com

For those who find comfort in the concept of tanking, the Los Angeles Lakers' 102-100 overtime loss to the Chicago Bulls on Monday night was just about a perfect game. The undermanned Lakers gave it a game effort on the second night of a road back-to-back, got another good look at budding rookie power forward Ryan Kelly, a legitimate star turn from Nick Young, and then lost at the end on a heartbreaking layup by Taj Gibson to fall back to 13th place in the Western Conference.

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