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Kobe's initials on this KO

Updated: November 17, 2005, 6:11 PM ET

By Royce Webb ESPN.com

It was billed as a heavyweight fight: Larry vs. Phil. The Bench Battle of the Century. Love 'Em and Leave 'Em Larry vs. the Zen Master.

But instead of LB vs. PJ, the real deal was the duel between LB and KB.

And the winner by KO: Kobe Bryant.

As Los Angeles polished off New York 97-92, Kobe was, by the end of the night, everything he strives to be: dominant, self-reliant, spectacular ... and vindicated.

Took a while, though.

For 24 minutes, Larry ...

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