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EDIT 11/2 2:59pm PST
We originally identified the game as the Lakers/Warriors game, when was in fact the Lakers/Clippers game on Friday night. The article has been changed to reflect the correct game.
The Los Angeles Lakers put up a major fight against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday before succumbing to a late offensive outburst in a 118-111 loss.
Even in the loss, Kobe Bryant saw some admirable fight from guard Jeremy Lin after Lin waved off a wide-open Kobe to take a contested three in the third quarter of a tie game (which he buried).
“You have to be able to assert yourself, especially on a team that I’m playing on — especially on a team I’m playing on,” Bryant said with some added emphasis. “Because I don’t want chumps, I don’t want pushovers, and if you’re a chump and a pushover, I will run over you….
“It’s like,” Bryant said during his postgame news conference, then leaned forward and pounded his fist on the table, “you’ve got to put your mark down, man.”
“At some point, you’ve got to piss on the fire hydrant.”
If Lin continues to assert himself like this, expect the Lin/Bryant partnership to grow nicely as the 2014-15 NBA season wears on.
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