Lakers are in it for the long haul

Updated: April 23, 2010, 11:02 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The first three games of the Los Angeles Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder's first-round series have been so close that if you break it down by the 12 quarters the teams have played, the Lakers have won five, the Thunder have won five and the other two were ties.

Even though Los Angeles is the No. 1-seeded team in the Western Conference facing off against No. 8 Oklahoma City, and only three times has a No. 8 toppled a No. 1, Kobe Bryant is expecting to play a lot more basketball ...

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