Did the Lakers blow this game or did the refs hand it to the Cavs with the Fisher no-call in the end? Sound-off in the comments and tell us what you think! *sigh*
Yahoo! Sports: 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 added 10 rebounds and five assists. But it was his pressure on Bryant in the final minutes that helped the Cavs recover from a lousy defensive effort in a 108-90 loss at New York on Wednesday 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.”
Bryant finished with 21 points, but missed two shots with James chasing him and the Lakers went 0-for-8 from the floor in the final 4 minutes.