NEW YORK -- Kobe Bryant faced two crises Tuesday night, one short-term and one long-term. He dealt with both the same way, in the only way you would expect of the five-time champion and ruthless competitor -- with unfettered aggression. Dwight Howard was in a suit, Metta World Peace was suspended and Pau Gasol had limped to the locker room. The Los Angeles Lakers were down two points late in the fourth quarter against the Brooklyn Nets and were playing Earl Clark way out of position at center against Brook Lopez, who was crushing them on the way to 30 points.
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