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Bryant still the engine of this car

Updated: February 23, 2010, 8:22 PM ET
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com

It was evident in Lamar Odom's smile every time he stepped onto the court. It was obvious in the aggressiveness of Shannon Brown every time he touched the ball. It was noticeable in Jordan Farmar's decision-making every time he drove to the basket. And it was crystal clear in the Lakers' 4-1 record while Kobe Bryant rested his ankle.

The Lakers are a surprisingly good and fun team to watch when Bryant isn't on the floor.

They found ways to win by playing a style of basketball that ...

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