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The duel: Pierce against Bryant

Originally Published: June 14, 2010
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com

BOSTON -- For you old-timers who lament the absence of the midrange jump shot, the show by Paul Pierce and Kobe Bryant in Game 5 was a sight for sore eyes.

The MVPs of the past two Finals, and the presumptive favorites to win the award this time around, combined to score 65 points Sunday in Boston's 92-86 win over the Lakers, and did it with an epic display of old-school scoring. Bryant scored 38 points without a dunk or a layup, while Pierce's 27 included two chippies but no dunks, ...

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