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Closers (even Kobe) need a night off

Derek Fisher's winning shot proves other Lakers are on the court in the final seconds.

Updated: December 9, 2010, 3:14 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Kobe Bryant has likened his ability to close out a basketball game to New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera's lights-out, late-game baseball heroics on more than one occasion.

On Wednesday, Bryant was peering down on the Clippers -- an energetic group of young sluggers who haven't quite figured out that sometimes it's better to be a contact hitter than to swing for the fences every at-bat -- from the mound in the closing minutes.

He picked up strike one on a difficult ...

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