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Artest sets tone, Lakers follow

He establishes himself on defense and L.A. gets the kind of win it has been looking for

Updated: March 26, 2010, 2:51 AM ET
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com

SAN ANTONIO -- Ron Artest is sitting in the corner of the cramped visiting locker room at the AT&T Center, picking at his finger nails as his feet soak in a tub of ice water below him. With nothing but a towel around his waist and scowl around his face he looks at the floor as teammates around him answer questions about his defensive performance in the Lakers' 92-83 win over the Spurs.

"He's been doing this all year," said Kobe Bryant, who had 24 points. "Ever since he went on his diet program ...

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