LeBron James and Kobe Bryant will meet just twice this season, first in Cleveland and then again in Los Angeles. Here are some of the greatest moments the two have had against one another over the years.
Kobe Bryant hits a big-time, high-arcing shot over LeBron James to give Lakers a 95-89 lead with just over two-and-a-half minutes remaining. This match-up was highly touted as a preview of the finals with both the Lakers and Cavaliers dominating their respective conferences during the regular season. Unfortunately for basketball fans, this dream finals did not materialize.
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LeBron James and the Cavs manhandled the Lakers on a Hollywood Christmas in 2009. The reigning MVP outplayed Kobe Bryant and outworked Ron Artest in the process, silencing the Staples Center crowd.
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LeBron James knocks down the game-sealing jumper to erect a three-point lead with 20 seconds left in a Cavalier road game against the Lakers. He did it right it the face of, yes, you guessed it correctly, Kobe Bryant. Talk about getting a dose of your own medicine.
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Kobe Bryant and LeBron James went head-to-head in Los Angeles where fans saw a reversal of specialties between the two future Hall of Famers. James emulated Bryant’s scoring as he ended up with a game-high 36 points, while Bryant displayed James-like court vision en route to 17 assists.
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Kobe Bryant tries a reverse dunk during Team USA’s Blue-White Scrimmage, but LeBron James denied the poster moment in thundering fashion.
In the 2013 All Star Game, Kobe Bryant got LeBron James’ number, not only once, but twice!