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Los Angeles lost by 39 points. The last four times a team has been swept in the NBA Finals, its total margin of defeat - in four games - has been less than 39. The details:

2007 - Spurs over Cavaliers (losing margins: 9-11-3-1 for a total of 24 points).

2002 - Lakers over Nets (losing margins: 5-23-3-6 for a total of 37 points).

1995 - Rockets over Magic (losing margins: 2-11-3-12 for a total of 28 points).

1989 - Pistons over Lakers (losing margins: 12-3-4-8 for a total of 27 points).

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Former Lakers great Gail Goodrich, writing in the Los Angeles Daily News: “There really is no other way to describe the Lakers’ performance in Game 6 other than to say it was pathetic. It was a complete embarrassment to go into a game of that magnitude and not compete. There is absolutely no excuse for that, and it legitimately calls into question the character of some of their players.”

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My column Wednesday about Tiger Woods calmly eating an apple after falling behind late in his U.S. Open playoff against Rocco Mediate brought this Actual E-Mail from an Actual Reader:

“Hello, Mr. Daly … I have that apple and have contacted and talked to many different media and people about what to do with it. I have been influenced to auction it off on eBay, although I would like to [do] what’s best for the golf world or what Tiger would like to do himself. I was in the grandstands on the 16th hole and can explain to you exactly how it unfolded, as well as taking you to the exact spot that I found it. I also have a witness, and the DNA will tell the truth. I’m an honest soul. … If you would be so kind to contact me, … I would like to do what’s best for this special apple. Thank you.” (Name withheld.)

My advice: The heck with the apple. Sell the DNA to one of those biotech firms that specialize in cloning - Advanced Cell Technologies or somebody. That’s where the real money is. How much dough is anybody going to cough up for an apple core?

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Imagine multiple Tiger Woods competing against one another. Nobody else would ever win a tournament.

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I mean, unless all of the Tigers skipped the Mayakoba Golf Classic.

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