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Kobe puts L.A. on road to success

With their teams facing crucial road Game 3s, Kobe thrived while LeBron struggled late

Originally Published: May 25, 2009
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

Back to business for Kobe Bryant on Monday, after going a game up on the Denver Nuggets and one-upping LeBron James over the weekend.

It's a virtual competition between Kobe and LeBron, dueling via the images on TV screens and the numbers in box scores. And they're both judged against the specter of Michael Jordan.

Phil Jackson was asked to compare Jordan and Bryant on Sunday and said: "Their strengths are a little bit different. But the similarities in their competitive drive ...

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