Originally written December 25, 2012 on Fox Sports West:
LOS ANGELES -- In every great battle, there comes a time when you cant look back. At that point, at that moment, you have to show what youre made of. Never shy of issuing a challenge, Kobe Bryant did just that to good friend and rival Carmelo Anthony late in the Lakers' afternoon game with the Knicks on Christmas Day at Staples Center. After Metta World Peace fouled out of the game with just under two minutes remaining, the issue of guarding the NBAs early season favorite to win the MVP, fell on Bryant. The challenge was delivered. Show me what you got, Bryant told Anthony in the fourth quarter on Tuesday. Lets go. The trash talk isnt anything new for these two, and for Bryant it provides a sense of normalcy. If you cant trash talk with your friends, what type of relationship is that? Bryant asks. What wasnt normal was the defense of the Lakers in the fourth quarter. The Knicks were held to just 16 fourth-quarter points in a 100-94 win for the Lakers on Christmas Day, exte...
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