And it is more incredible if these performances happen in a span of four days and dished out by two of the games best players, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.
With the way the two stars are performing, both have placed their teams into the top of their divisions and are the leaders in their respective conferences for seats in the playoffs and have also placed themselves as the two leading contenders for the Most Valuable Player award for the regular season.
A closer inspection of the statitical points table show James averaging 28.5 points in scoring to place second while Bryant has 27.5 for third place. Dwyane Wade tops the list with 28.5. In the points, rebounds and assists category James leads with a 43 points average with Bryant at third once again with a 38.5 and Wade at second with 40.7.
But the comparison between the two does not end with their averages. Overall the two have been singled out because of their similarities in their style of play. Bryant has relished the idea of being the LA Lakers’ go to guy. The 6-6, 205 lbs. shooting guard is in his 12th season and is so motivated to help his team win the NBA championship after losing to Boston last season. He has unbelievable range when it comes to scoring and holds the highest points scored in a game with 81 points. Although the Lakers have Pal Gasol and Andrew Bynum, the offense usually revolves around him. He has evolved his game though from being a pure shooter to a hard nosed defender as well.
James on the other hand, is 6-8 and weighs 250 lbs and plays the small forward position. His skills to dribble and shoot the basketball and hand out assists as if he is a point guard coupled with his leaping ability that makes him rebound the ball well have been the reasons why the Cleveland Cavaliers have the best record in the Easter Conference with a 39-9 mark. He has been playing with the Cavs ever since he was drafted and now is in his fifth season. He led his team to the NBA finals in 2007 after he singlehandedly beat the Detroit Pistons in the conference finals. However, the Cavs lost to the San Antonio Spurs in a sweep during the finals. He loved the experience of playing in the finals that he has set out to lead his team to reach it once again.
Both played in the Olympic team. However, it was obvious that both players seemed to be competing to be the top guy in the team. Whether or not James and Bryant did strike a friendship together remains to be seen whenever the Lakers and Cavaliers meet.
It is amazing then that fans at the Madison Square Garden were treated to these two players outstanding talents. Bryant scored 61 points in the match against the New York Knicks. He established the record of scoring the highest points in a game in MSG by a visiting player at that. Bernard King of the Knicks previously owned the record at 60, done in December 25, 1984. Jordan held second place at 55.
James had other ideas as an encore to Bryant’s feat. He scored 52 points and at the same time posted 11 assists and 10 rebounds and became the second player behind Kareem Abdul Jabbar to have a 50 point triple double. Jabbar did it in 1975. He may not have broken Bryant’s 61 points but he showcased his all around game.
The Lakers face the Cavaliers on February 8. It shall be interesting to witness who shall come out on top. Watch the live basketball scores of this game at ScoresPro.com/basketball/