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Lakers' Mike Brown misses game

Updated: April 14, 2012, 3:03 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown left Staples Center shortly before tipoff of the team's 103-97 win over the Denver Nuggets on Friday because of personal reasons.

Assistant coach John Kuester assumed head-coaching duties in Brown's absence.

"Being a family, one of the things about our team is I see this growth and maturity as a group," Kuester said after the game. "They've worked extremely hard, they care about one another and it's also those type of feelings are ...

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