2010: Euroleague Champs Barcelona beats NBA Champs Lakers w/ Kobe
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In a “intercontinental showdown” between basketball champions, the Euroleague & NBA champs faced off during the preseason of the 2010 season. Kobe only played 25 minutes as he was still recovering from knee surgery so Pau Gasol picked up the slack with 24 points. 23 of those 24 came in the first half as the Lakers fell apart in the 2nd half blowing a 12 point lead in the loss.
“You always want to win, but it was an emotional game,” Gasol said. “The fans enjoyed it, and the atmosphere was spectacular. We lost, but when your friends win you have to be happy for them.”