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Lakers-Nuggets: ‘Melo and Kobe’s Battle Goes Back to Beijing

Published by on May 25, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

They battled relentlessly again for a third straight contest. They locked arms, traded baskets, and lived at the charity stripe.

For both stars, the Western Conference Finals represents the final mile to redemption.

For Carmelo Anthony, the series has validated his ascension to superstar status. After leading the Denver Nuggets to the doorstep of the franchise's first ever NBA Final, 'Melo is no longer the braided, defenseless loser who scores a lot of points in meaningless games. 

For Kobe Bryant, this much tougher than expected return to the conference championship round has all but erased the indignity of that Game Six massacre.

131-92 no more.
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