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Lakers support Kobe's Game 5 vow

Updated: June 15, 2004, 1:43 AM ET
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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- It wasn't the defiant assurance of Rasheed Wallace's "They will not win Game 2" vow in the East Finals. Still, Kobe Bryant's quietly confident claim after the Lakers' Game 4 loss in the NBA Finals will have to qualify as a guarantee.

"I'm telling you right now," Bryant told the Los Angeles Times after Sunday's 88-80 defeat to Detroit. "We'll win Tuesday."

When asked about his Game 5 promise during Monday's media session, Bryant backpedaled from his comments before ...

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