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Artest embracing challenge on defense

Updated: April 18, 2010, 12:09 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The marquee matchup in the Lakers-Thunder series pits former defensive player of the year Ron Artest against current NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant in a battle of brute strength versus skilled length.

On the eve of Artest's first playoff game as a member of the Lakers, the fifth team of his 11-year career, Artest remembered all the guys he locked down on defense to get him here.

"I've been guarding the best players through my career," Artest said. "It's not ...

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