Lakers News: Reactions to LeBron James’ Big Game with Kobe Bryant in the Crowd

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LeBron James is always a productive player, but the Los Angeles Lakers superstar has recently played at an especially ridiculous level.

During a 122-101 victory over the Atlanta Hawks, LeBron amassed 33 points on 13-of-21 shooting with a 6-of-10 three-point clip.

And he did so with a legend watching closely.

Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Maria sat courtside for the contest.

“That’s one of the greatest players to ever play this game, taking time out of his day on a Sunday,” LeBron said, per ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “So I’m just trying to put on a show for him and give him a reason, like, ‘OK, we might come to another game.'”

According to McMenamin, Kobe was in attendance to promote a children’s book he created with author Ivy Claire.

Lakers coach Frank Vogel enjoyed having Bryant in the crowd, too:

But as noteworthy as Bryant’s appearance at Staples Center was, LeBron still managed to steal the show.

In addition to his game-high 33 points, LeBron dished 12 assists and committed zero turnovers. According to Basketball-Reference, it marked only the 20th time in NBA history someone recorded a 30/12/0 line. LeBron is the only player to accomplish it twice.

James’ efficiency had Vogel in awe.

“Zero turnovers. 12 assists. I mean, are you kidding me?” the first-year coach said, per Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times.