Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James: How Superstar Showdown Played Out on Christmas Day

December 25th, 2010 by Vin Getz Leave a reply »
In a rematch of last year's Christmas meeting between the some say two best players in the league, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, King James took home the victory in lopsided fashion once again, this time with the Miami Heat.

The Heat made their biggest claim to No.1 contender for the title, putting on a clinic for the back-to-back champion Lakers.  The Heat have now won 14 of 15, including victories against the over-.500 Knicks, Hawks and Jazz. 

It wasn't even close, as LeBron went for his third triple-double of the year: leading the floor with 27 points, snatching 11 rebounds and dishing 10 assists.  Chris Bosh backed him up with a double-double, going for 24 and a game-high 13 rebounds.  Dwayne Wade pitched in 18 points of his own, as L.A. could not find an answer for the big three who combined for a punishing 69 points, 29 rebounds and 18 assists.

Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol managed 17 points each on the other side of the ball, with Lamar Odom adding another 14.

But it was all Heat all day.  The Lakers largest lead of the game, 7-2, came less than three minutes in. But following Bosh's jump shot at the five-a ...

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