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Game in shadow

In the first game since Dr. Jerry Buss' death, the Lakers rolled by their eternal foe

Originally Published: February 21, 2013
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

LOS ANGELES -- It takes an extraordinary set of circumstances to make a Lakers-Celtics game feel so ancillary. Perhaps that was a final measure of the impact of Dr. Jerry Buss. Sure, it felt appropriate that the archrival Boston Celtics were in town for the Los Angeles Lakers' first game since their unparalleled owner died Monday morning. However, in this case it was simply a fortuitous bit of scheduling, the background music and not the main theme.

This night was about saying goodbye. Farewell ...

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