Lakers' experiment may work yet

As Nash joins the fray and others make sacrifices, L.A. is finally getting that look

Updated: December 25, 2012, 11:39 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Kobe Bryant knew he'd messed up before the New York Knicks' J.R. Smith finished off the fastbreak layup. Yes, he'd been taking Jason Kidd off the dribble every time the veteran point guard switched out to guard him. And yes, this was as good a time as any to do so again with the Lakers looking to extend a three-point lead with a little less than six minutes to go in this Christmas Day showdown against New York. As usual, Bryant had carried the Lakers offensively, scoring 34 points ...

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