2007 Team USA Scrimmage Duel: LeBron vs Kobe (Game Winner)
One of the most exciting duels between Kobe Bryant and LeBron James didn’t happen in the playoffs or on Christmas day but in Vegas during a 2007 Team USA basketball scrimmage.
LeBron James scored 18 points and had the highlight of the game when he blocked a reverse dunk attempt by Kobe Bryant (4:48 mark) but it was Bryant who walked away with the player of the game honors and more excuses to talk trash to the second best player in the league. Kobe scored 26 points, including seven in the final two minutes and a game winner over Tayshaun Prince with 6.6 seconds left in regulation. He then defended and prevented LeBron James from hitting a game winner during the finals seconds.
Kobe’s clutch offense and defense made up for his lack of knowledge of international rules that almost cost his team the game. With 21.3 seconds left, Kobe tried to call a timeout but under international rules only a coach can call a timeout. After the game Bryant said he wasn’t trying to call a timeout and that the “T” he made was to tell the refs they should call a technical on Jason Kidd for elbowing him in the stomach “like it was a game from the 80s.”
Thanks to GD for another great vid.