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Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol, left, of Spain, puts up a shot as Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao, of Brazil, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol, left, of Spain, puts up a shot as Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao, of Brazil, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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