ESPN: A.I. vs. Kobe delivered the throwback duel fans paid to see. Just like in the 2001 NBA finals, Bryant’s Lakers came out on top.

Bryant roused the 20,000 fans who came to jeer him as much as they did to root on the 76ers, scoring 24 points to lead Los Angeles to a 99-91 win over Philadelphia on Friday night.

Bryant always packs the Wachovia Center when the he makes his yearly visit to his old stomping grounds. He rarely disappoints in putting on a show for the fans who boo his every touch, yet line the court to snap countless photos.

While Bryant is still in his prime, Allen Iverson is in a steady decline. Lakers coach Phil Jackson said the All-Star showdown misses some of the buzz of years past when both could make the argument they were tops at their position.

Don’t tell Iverson. He crossed-over and crashed his way toward a season-high 23 points.

Iverson and Bryant are responsible for Philadelphia’s only two sellouts this season. Iverson’s first game back in Philadelphia drew 20,664, and Bryant helped draw 20,809 on Friday.

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  • Marwan Marzina

    This was a great effort from the team.
    Lamar, Ron and Elton Brand played together again, first time all 3 of them played in the same building since their childhood days. Looked like they had fun.
    Well, Ron seems to be healing up which is a good sign. We need him healthy in time for Boston’s game on Sunday so he can shut down Paul Pierce.
    Kobe came out on fire and went 4 FG in a row or 5 FG in a row. Something like that, and that was crazy, AI came out firing, and Kobe 1-upped him.
    Great game overall though. I expect more of the same from them on Sunday.

    • http://lakersnation showtime4eva

      yea kobe an a.i had shoot out!!kobe answered the answer…now boston!

  • http://57.amklac missesalot

    KOBE IS LIKE A BIG IVERSON WITHOUT THE HEART..

    • kobe-wan kenobi

      really without the heart?
      just stop smoking whatever you are smoking u freaking idiot
      playing with fractures and back problems is no heart????

      kobe is not similar to AI in anything
      he is in another level
      actually 4 rings level on top

  • http://lakersnation showtime4eva

    If you know basketball you would know lebron and iverson are very similar both have no titles both play o.k. create a stat sheet,but neither are serious to win.. just play!

  • kobe_mvp

    lakers go go go go win win win____

  • keepon_keepinon18

    Ahh… 2001 Playoffs. Good times. 15-1 if I ever remember. I remember my dad pledging that Lakers have lost the series after 76ers and AI upstage the Lakers in the 1st Finals game. Nine years later and still smirking at him, “Haha”.

  • Sasha4Lvp

    WTF??!! If I wanted to read ESPN’s recap of the game, I would go to their website! I come on this site for the post-game report. Man this site is getting lame.

    • jake90000

      thats wut i said last time; completely agree w/ u? maybe i should write one…

  • jake90000

    Where was BYNUM; o wait he faced a legit center (in height) once again and disappeared, like always. Maybe he should miss the flight to boston cuz they have 3 bigs waiting for him…

    • Marwan Marzina

      1 with brittle knees, and the other 2 technical machines?

  • berkyberks

    Now who is the most exciting player to watch? Kobe never on an empty arena actually, he owns every arena hahaha1 how about that lefrog? keep trying!

  • Marwan Marzina

    Its is no longer called the Wachovia Centre. It is now officially called the WaKobea Centre.

  • http://www.theauctionstop.com WinITLakers

    I hope Kobe brings out the same passion as he did in this series to find a way to beat the Celtics!

    Go Lakers!