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They thought he had a 'D' in there somewhere

February 22, 2014|Ben Bolch

It's a breakdown that might startle Lakers fans.

Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said he spends 75% of practice time on defense.

"That's our main focus of every practice," D'Antoni said. "Our main focus on film is defense. We know that you cannot be a good team unless you play defense. You don't win games unless you play defense and everybody knows that."

The Lakers beat the Boston Celtics on Friday night in part by playing better defense, holding their rivals to 18 points in the second and fourth quarters of a 101-92 victory at Staples Center.

It's the fourth time in six games the Lakers have held an opponent under 100 points, meaning perhaps they are correctly divvying up their efforts in practice.

Not that they will be confused with the Indiana Pacers any time soon. The Lakers entered the game having allowed an average of 106.2 points a game, second worst in the NBA.

They're trying to fix it in practice, even if the results are coming slowly.

"Other than when you just stand around and shoot or run through dummy offense, it's all defense." D'Antoni said. "Because any time you scrimmage, hopefully the defense is playing. Any time we talk about anything, it's defense. So it's 75[%] on the defense and 25 on the offense."

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Party guy

Here's a primer on newcomer Kent Bazemore's wild celebratory moves while on the bench: They're known as "Bazemoring," and they were such a sensation when he played for the Golden State Warriors that animators for the NBA2K14 video game had him wear a motion-capture suit in their studios so they could incorporate his moves.

Bazemore will have some competition from reserve center Robert Sacre, whose moves made him a hit on YouTube.

"It's going to be fun," Bazemore said. "Hopefully we can team up and do some stuff."

Of course, the Lakers would rather he celebrate in the game like he did while scoring a career-high 15 points against the Celtics

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Taking exception

The Lakers received a $2.789-million trade exception as part of the Blake deal that they can use after the season to acquire another player without sending out matching salary. Though the exception doesn't expire until Feb. 19, 2015, the Lakers would have to renounce it if they drop under the salary cap in July as expected.

Once the Lakers are under the cap, they can acquire players without matching salary as long as the team remains below the cap upon the completion of the trade.

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Softening demand

Lakers tickets have fallen from the second-highest to the fourth-highest median price since the start of the season on secondary ticket marketplace Vivid Seats. After starting the season with a median ticket price of $180, Lakers' tickets have dropped to $125, behind Oklahoma City ($185), the New York Knicks ($159) and the Miami Heat ($150).

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ben.bolch@latimes.com

Correspondent Eric Pincus contributed to this report.

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