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Performance vs. Knicks was virtuoso

A five-game blitz capped by 46 points on the Knicks has Kobe Bryant looking like an MVP.

Updated: April 15, 2003, 10:22 AM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- If you were there, and we were, it was a night to be easily swayed.

And we were.

It is often said that the Lakers' 3-9 start without Shaquille O'Neal disqualified Kobe Bryant as an MVP candidate. The Lakers' 5-0 sprint to the All-Star break, it says here, put Bryant right back at the top of the list, so long as the upward arc continues.

From 3-9, from all the way down at 11-19, Bryant has to be back in the conversation now. His 46 points in a 114-109 victory over ...

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