2007-08 NBA Season: CLE vs LAL. A Clutch Win. »

Dec 21, 2007 at 3:30 am | lebron-jamesnba-basketball

Kobe Bryant and LeBron James faced off on Thursday in Cleveland and lived up to the hype. In the battle between Cavs and Lakers, the two superstars wanted to guard each other in the final moments: Kobe on LeBron. LeBron on Kobe. It had to end like that. “I didn’t even ask,” James said. “I just told Sasha (Pavlovic) to go somewhere else.” James scored 33 points and shut out Bryant when the NBA’s top two scorers went one-on-one in the final 2:23 and the Cleveland Cavaliers bounced back from a dismal loss with a 94-90 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night. James relished the chance to match up with a player he believes is the league’s best with the ball. “If you want to win, you have to be able to defend the best player,” James said. “I think we both took on the challenge.” For a full recap of the game visit nba.com. Also, check out the highlights video.

Source: nba.com, yahoo.com, getty | From LeBron_NBA_20…

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