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Lakers find their groove in Boston

A 92-86 win over the Celtics finally showed the type of effort L.A. had been seeking

Updated: February 11, 2011, 10:30 AM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

BOSTON -- For weeks, months maybe, Kobe Bryant has held his tongue as the Lakers muddled their way through another winter.

There was still time, he figured. Space to get it together. Room to grow back into what everyone still knows they are: the best team in the NBA, whenever they play as hard and as disciplined as they did Thursday night in an impressive 92-86 win over the Celtics.

But inside, Bryant has been boiling. No, burning.

He has been down this lamentable path ...

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