LeBron James, Stephen Curry Jan 27, 2024; San Francisco, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (left) and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (right) greet each other after the game at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

It’s an epic rivalry between two of the biggest names to ever play the game. When Steph Curry and LeBron James face one another, it’s a matchup that began as an admiration and turned into a friendship.

James still admires Curry, of course.

“It’s been a treat to go against one of the greatest to ever play this game,” James said Saturday night, via the Los Angeles Times. “For us to continue to push each other at the state of our careers, you don’t take it for granted because you don’t know how many times you’re actually going to get the moment to actually be on the same floor with such a talent.”

On Saturday, the Warriors fell to the Lakers, 145-144, in double overtime. Curry was seen leaving the court ripping his jersey apart in frustration.

The two went back in forth in a battle with James finishing it off with a pair of free throws with 1.2 seconds left. He finished with 36 points and a career-high 20 rebounds and 12 assists.

James saw how Curry reacted after the game and was smiling. Not in any malicious way. Instead, after the game, LeBron was reflective.

“It’s something I’ll be able to talk about with my grandkids,” James said. “When you talk about me being able to compete versus one of the greatest players to ever play the game.”

[Los Angeles Times]

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