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Return of the living dead in L.A.

How did the Lakers climb out of the grave and rally to tie their series with the Spurs? Charley Rosen breaks it down.

Updated: May 14, 2003, 12:20 PM ET
By Charley Rosen | Page 2 columnist

There are several reasons why the Lakers have been able to climb out of the grave so neatly and convincingly dug by the Spurs in Games 1 and 2: Devean George's courage, Derek Fisher's shooting, and, of course, the routine heroics of Kobe and Shaq. But given that L.A.'s victory in Game 3 was the turning point, the most significant reason dates back nearly three years.

Here's what Phil Jackson said about the 1999-2000 Lakers in our book collaboration, "More Than a Game":

"I thought ...

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How did the Lakers climb out of the grave and rally to tie their series with the Spurs? Charley Rosen breaks it down.