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Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest, right, give Atlanta Hawks guard Mike Bibby (10) a forearm block for a foul as lakers guard Derek Fisher (2) watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
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Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest, right, give Atlanta Hawks guard Mike Bibby (10) a forearm block for a foul as lakers guard Derek Fisher (2) watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

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