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NBA Playoffs 2012: Kobe Bryant Swats Away Nuggets

Kobe Bryant has a reputation of coming up big in the playoffs. While the veteran guard is typically known for his clutch shots to beat the buzzer, Bryant has been one of the elite defenders of his era. With the Lakers and Nuggets locked in a tight one on Tuesday night, Kobe picked up a huge block with the Nuggets on the fast break.

We have video and a sweet GIF of the block after the jump. You're going to want to check it out!

Here's a fun GIF of the block party:


And the video:

The game is currently in the fourth quarter. You can find the game aired live on TNT.

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