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Kobe Bryant: ‘I’ll bust your ass’

Kobe Bryant [1] scored 20 of his game-high 23 points in the second half to help his Lakers drop the Celtics [2] 92-86 and even their season series at one apiece. And then he issued a warning to the four Celtics who will be attending the All-Star Game in Los Angeles next weekend.

“It doesn’€™t matter who I play,” said Bryant. “I could play you, and I’€™ll bust your ass.”

During a five-minute interview with the media following the Lakers’ victory, Bryant hit on everything from Ray Allen [3]‘s record-breaking 3-pointer to the latest book assignment he’s received from coach Phil Jackson [4]. Here’s a rundown of the conversation: