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Kobe and Dirk: Different kind of rivalry

Bryant and Nowitzki are battling in the playoffs for the first time in their careers

Originally Published: May 4, 2011
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

In this, his first season with the Dallas Mavericks, Tyson Chandler noticed something different in his games against Kobe Bryant. This wasn't the same version of Bryant that Chandler saw when he was with the Bulls, Hornets and Bobcats. Bryant always seemed to have a little something extra for these Lakers-Mavericks games, in a way that reminded Chandler of watching on television when Bryant went up against the likes of LeBron James or Dwyane Wade.

Chandler took it as a sign of ...

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