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Lakers feel the love in China

SHANGHAI - Two young men stood in the middle of a sidewalk after dusk, dimly lighted by street lights and a glowing television screen across the street. They had brought hundreds of small Chinese flags with them and each clutched a handful to offer the fans who approached Mercedes Benz Arena in a steady stream.

Most of the fans accepted, some after confirming the flags were free. With a heavy police presence, the crowd's energy was subdued. Many of them wondered if the night's game would include protests or other shows of national pride.

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