Kobe Bryant and LeBron James face off for one final hurrah on March 10 when the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers go head-to-head. But can you recall the 5 most epic one-on-one match-ups between the two? No need to fear, because HollywoodLife.com has you covered.
Between them they’ve won 7 NBA Championships and won 5 MVPs, so it’s any wonder the Kobe Bryant, 37, and LeBron James, 31, rivalry is like no other in the NBA. The two will lock horns for one final time at the Staples Center on March 10, so HollywoodLife.com takes a trip down memory lane to give you their 5 most epic one-on-one match-ups. Click down to see some glorious clips!
One of their most recent encounters on January 15, 2015 showed the mutual appreciation the two would finally have for one another. LeBron poked fun at the elder statesmen, heckling him throughout. The game heated up with two minutes remaining when Kobe hit a massive 3-pointer. However, LeBron had the last laugh sealing the game with a crafty lay-up with 20.9 seconds left.
LeBron was riding on the crest of a wave after the 2011-2012 season, winning his third NBA MVP award, his first NBA Championship with the Miami Heat, as well as his second gold medal at The London 2012 Olympics. So that added spice to the 2013 NBA All-Star game, with Kobe putting in a hell of a defensive performance against LeBron rejecting his opponent at the net.
Taking you back to the 2006, a moment that showed their rivalry was at its most fierce, Kobe scored his team’s last 6 points as the Lakers went on to beat the Cavs 99-98. The standout, which was right in LeBron’s face, was the game-winning go-ahead shot with 8.6 seconds left on the clock.
In a game on Feb. 10, 2013 both Kobe and LeBron’s styles were summed up in one play. At one end Kobe performed a killer crossover on LeBron to attack the rim. He shot with 3 Heat players in close proximity, but just missed. LeBron took the ball up the other end and made an unselfish pass to Shane Battier for three points.
In early February 2009, Kobe and LeBron strutted their stuff in separate games against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Now this technically isn’t a head-to-head, but it was a pivotal moment in their rivalry that warrants a mention. Kobe laid down a marker, smashing a record for most points scored in the Garden by a single player amassing a whopping 61-points on Feb. 2.
Two days later, the spotlight was on LeBron to see what he could do against the despondent Knicks. He didn’t disappoint, scoring 52 points, with 10 rebounds and 11 assists. King James wasn’t to be outdone.
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