There are only a few weeks left in the NBA season to settle a couple of basketball's most popular conversations. At lunch tables and on playgrounds from Ohio to California, young sports fans are choosing sides: The Los Angeles Lakers or the Cleveland Cavaliers? Kobe Bryant or LeBron James?
Both the Lakers and the Cavaliers are strong teams led by strong players. Starting play this week, the Lakers were 55-14 for a winning percentage of .797. They are the No. 1 team in the Western Conference. The Cavs had a slightly better record at 57-13 and lead the Eastern Conference with a winning percentage of .814.
The team with the best record in NBA history is the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls. Led by the great Michael Jordan, the Bulls went 72-10, a winning percentage of .878. While neither the Lakers nor the Cavs will match that all-time best record, it's possible that both teams could finish as one of the top five greatest teams in NBA history.
It's amazing that fans don't get to watch just one of the greatest teams in history this season; they get to watch two. One of the most impressive stats about the Cavaliers is their home record; as of Sunday, they were 35-1 when playing in Cleveland. Guess who handed the Cavs that one home loss? That's right, the Lakers. Los Angeles beat the Cavaliers 101-91 in Cleveland back in February.
The Lakers/Cavaliers debate doesn't stop there. Basketball fans are also talking about Kobe versus LeBron. King James has the edge in scoring, averaging 28.6 points per game for the Cavaliers. Kobe is hot on his heels, though, averaging 27.7 points per game for the Lakers. While sports fans are lucky enough to watch two of the best teams ever, they also get to watch two of the all-time greats go head-to-head.
Is either team really better? Nobody will know until June, when the championship trophy and the MVP award have been handed out. However, both are great teams, with great players, so sit back and enjoy history in the making.
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