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Howard Loses Cool, Lakers Lose Game

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It would've been a fine idea for Dwight Howard's Lakers teammates to send a message to Howard about how they need players — especially future franchise centerpieces — to bring consistent effort.

But the Lakers didn't come back to win in Denver without Howard on Wednesday night, either.

A big reason for the loss was Howard's lethargy even before his ejection for a type-2 flagrant foul to Kenneth Faried's face in the third quarter. The Nuggets won, 126-114, as the Lakers' defense and rebounding — the centerpieces of Howard's game — were missing and their five-game winning streak ended.

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