Tuesday , Jan , 15 , 2008 Oly Sandor

Kobe Bryant’s 48 or LeBron James’ 51?

I have a proposal. The NBA should cancel L.A. and Cleveland’s next game. Head office should then force Kobe Bryant and LeBron James to face-off in a head-to-head battle. You heard me. No more outdoing each other against weak competition. I propose a one-on-one battle. LeBron James versus Kobe Bryant; Mamba versus The King. Man-o et Man-o …

Kobe Bryant's 48 or LeBron James' 51?I have a proposal. The NBA should cancel L.A. and Cleveland’s next game. Head office should then force Kobe Bryant and LeBron James to face-off in a head-to-head battle.

You heard me. No more outdoing each other against weak competition. I propose a one-on-one battle. LeBron James versus Kobe Bryant; Mamba versus The King. Man-o et Man-o.

Don King could handle promotions. Michael Buffer could do intros. And pay-per-view would make a fortune. Jokes aside, Bryant and James each dropped epic performances on back-to-back evenings.

Yesterday, Bryant tallied 48 points in a 123-121 Laker win against the Sonics. Tonight, James responded with 51 points, nine assists, and eight rebounds to lead Cleveland to a 132-124 overtime victory against Memphis.

So whose performance was best: Bryant’s 48 points in the Emerald City or James’ season-high of 51 versus the Grizzlies? Below are both stat-lines.

Bryant versus Seattle:                                                        

  • 42:12 minutes, 21-44 FGM-A, 4-7 FTM-A, 48 PTS, 2 RBS, 2 AST.

James versus Memphis:

  • 47:00 minutes, 18-28 FGM-A, 9-16 FTM-A, 51 PTS, 8 RBS, 9 AST.

Winner: James. By a hair.

Why: Picking between these two performances is like picking between a Mercedes and Ferrari. Both were excellent. Best of all, the Lakers and Cavs both won.

However, James gets the nod. He scored more points on less attempts and easily edged Bryant in rebounds and assists.

Of course, the Lakers were playing their first game without Andrew Bynum, which accounts for Bryant taking 44 field goal attempts. Once the purple-and-gold gets accustomed to Kwame Brown starting, Mamba’s shots will return to normal.

So James is still the winner. Here’s the real question: how will Bryant respond on Thursday when his Lakers face the Suns? 

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