Even though the Cavs beat the Lakers in their final matchup, Bryant put on a show for the home crowd. Somehow, after missing the game before this one, he gathered enough strength in his legs to knock down threes. And he got James real good in the first quarter. Meanwhile, James did his thing and racked up 24 points and seven assists.
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A helicopter flew overhead. The previous day, a young Kobe Bryant had announced his engagement to a woman he declined to identify. Word quickly leaked it was an year-old senior at the school. Vanessa Laine had been swept into the spotlight overnight. She would soon marry Bryant and become something more than just a side note to his storied basketball career.