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On May 15, 2012 Lebron James and the Heat lost to the Indiana Pacers 78-75.
On May 16, 2012 Kobe Bryant and the Lakers lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder 77-75.
Lebron James finishes the game with a line of: 28 pts, 9 reb, 5 ast and 6 steals in the loss.
Kobe Bryant finishes the game with a line of: 20 pts, 3 reb, 4 ast and 4 steals in the loss.
Lebron James shot 22 times making 10 of them.
Kobe Bryant shot 25 times making 9 of them.
Lebron James took 6 shots in the 4th quarter.
Kobe Bryant took 7 shots in the 4th quarter.
Lebron James shot 3-6.
Kobe Bryant shot 2-7.
Lebron James shot 10 free throws, made 6 in the 4th quarter.
Kobe Bryant shot 0 free throws in the 4th quarter.
Lebron James' last shot on a play initiated by him (not on an offensive rebound) was with 3:35 left to play.
Kobe Bryant's last shot on a play initiated by him was with :36 seconds left to play.
Lebron James' last shot was a missed 3 pointer with his team down 1.
Kobe Bryant's last shot was a missed 3-pointer with his team down 1.
Lebron James doesn't take the final shot with his team down 3, PG Mario Chalmers does and misses.
Kobe Bryant doesn't take the final shot with his team down 1, PG Steve Blake does and misses.
Lebron James' missed free throws may have cost his team the game.
Kobe Bryant's back to back turnovers when the Lakers had the lead likely cost his team the game.
Lebron James' reaction after not getting the final game deciding shot was to walk emotionless to the bench.
Kobe Bryant's reaction after not getting the final game deciding shot was to scream expletives at Metta World Peace for not trying an impossible pass, that likely would've been turned over. Then give the death scowl to Steve Blake for missing, then turning the scowl to coach Mike Brown for his inbound's play that didn't get Kobe the possible game winning shot.
Two games on back to back nights, with situations that almost mirrored each other explain the core of these two great players.
One guy is a great player who shies away from the big stage, sometimes to his and his team's detriment.
One guy is a great player who wants the big stage more than anything, sometimes to his and his team's detriment.
One guy has 0 titles in 8 seasons.
One guy has 5 titles in 15 seasons.