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Los Angeles Lakers' 'elite' defense limits James Harden, helps deliver Game 4 win

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Los Angeles Lakers might have missed out on convincing Kawhi Leonard last summer to join LeBron James and Anthony Davis and form a Big 3, but Lakers coach Frank Vogel says L.A.'s team defense is ending up having the same impact another All-NBA individual added to the mix would have.

"That's as powerful a weapon there is in one of these playoff runs. It's as powerful as a superstar," Vogel said after L.A. beat the Houston Rockets 110-100 on Thursday to go up 3-1 in their Western Conference semifinal series.