Kobe Bryant not ready to concede

He leads Lakers to a gritty Game 3 win but knows Thunder's time is coming

Updated: May 19, 2012, 7:27 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Kobe Bryant has known for a while now how it was going to end and who was going to end it. At some point this Oklahoma City Thunder team was going to get him. They were too good, too tough, too mean. Too much like him.

"These guys are long and athletic and tough. They grew up watching me. They have the same mentality that I do," Bryant said in a reflective moment long after the Los Angeles Lakers held off the Thunder 99-96 in Game 3 of this taut Western Conference second-round ...

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