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Lakers can learn plenty from Heat

L.A.'s struggles can turn out OK if players bond over adversity of the season

Updated: January 18, 2013, 4:42 AM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Truth be told, Dwight Howard has actually improved his free throw shooting since hitting an ugly trough in December that called national attention to the so-called "Hack-a-Howard" strategy in the fourth quarters of games.

He worked on it endlessly in practice and took the issue seriously, and the results bore some fruit (he's shooting 65.7 percent from the line in January after making just 52.7 percent in December).

But in one of the biggest moments of the Los Angeles ...

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