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Tuesday a 'must-win' for Lakers

Updated: April 26, 2010, 8:06 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- A sense of urgency has been conspicuously absent for the Los Angeles Lakers this season, but now with their first-round series knotted 2-2 with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the team realizes that it's now or never if it intends to become repeat champs.

"It's a must-win for us," Pau Gasol said after Monday's practice about Game 5 on Tuesday night in Los Angeles. "They can afford to lose the game and then go back to Oklahoma and try to do their thing again and force ...

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