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The Kobe Face lifts Lakers

Bryant showed L.A. and the Jazz his teeth and grit in Game 1 win

Updated: May 3, 2010, 9:36 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- We got to see The Kobe Face on Sunday.

You know the one: lower jaw jutting out and pointed like the "V for Vendetta" mask, nostrils flaring like dual exhaust pipes, eyes peering ahead with the same focus as a parent searching the crowd of backpacks at after-school pickup looking for their kid.

At times this season, Kobe Bryant and the Lakers have looked nothing like the championship team they were last year, but seeing that face again and the moment that spurred ...

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