Head-to-Head: Stephen Curry vs. Kobe Bryant by the numbers

The reigning NBA Champion Golden State Warriors face off against the 16-time NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center on Sunday, for what will undoubtedly be Kobe Bryant’s last game against reigning league MVP Steph Curry. While the record-breaking Warriors have already secured a spot in the 2016 NBA Playoffs, the Lakers are currently sitting at the bottom of the Western Conference with little chance of qualifying for the post-season in what is Kobe Bryant’s 20th and final season.

The Warriors are having an historic season and are on track to challenge Michael Jordan’s great Chicago Bulls team for the best regular-season record of all time. They have broken one record after another; the most recent one saw them become the first team ever to clinch an NBA Playoffs berth after only 58 games of the 82-game NBA regular season. Having lost only 5 of their games, the Warriors are aiming at yet another high-profile record: the 1996 Chicago Bulls record of 72 regular-season wins in a season. Curry himself is having a record-breaking season; believed by many to be the greatest shooter of all time, he has broken his own NBA record for threes in a season, with more than a month to go of the regular season. He recently tied the NBA record for most three-pointers in a single game (12), a record he shares with Sunday’s opponent Kobe Bryant and former Toronto Raptor Donyell Marshall.

Head-to-Head: Stephen Curry vs. Kobe Bryant
The game tip offs at 8.30pm Live and exclusively on BT Sport 1 and will be the last chance to see two of the biggest NBA stars, NBA MVP Stephen Curry and 5-time NBA Champion Kobe Bryant, play against each other.

Curry, who was only eight when the Lakers star made his NBA debut with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1996, shared his favourite Kobe Bryant memory: “Our rookie year we were playing at Oracle and the Lakers had a 3-point lead down the stretch. Kobe got fouled, going to the free throw line to ice the game with two free throws. As he’s walking from one end of the court to the other, I’m this rookie that’s just kind of living in the moment and I walk up to him as he’s walking to the free throw line: ‘Hey, man, you nervous about these free throws?’ The look he gave me was so just mean and cold. Just like, ‘What are you talking about? Get out of my face, you dumb rookie.’ He obviously made the two free throws and they won. I’ll remember that look he gave me forever.”

The two NBA superstars have faced off 14 times, with the Lakers emerging victorious on 8 occasions and the Warriors winning 6 games, including the previous 4 meetings. Here is a guide to Bryant’s and Curry’s performances against their teams:

16 – Three-point shots made by Stephen Curry in three games against the Los Angeles Lakers this season
21 – Regular-season games played by Stephen Curry against the Los Angeles Lakers
47 – Most points scored by Stephen Curry against the Los Angeles Lakers in a single NBA Regular-season game
51 – Most points scored by Kobe Bryant against the Golden State Warriors in a single NBA Regular-season game
66 – Regular-season games played by Kobe Bryant against the Golden State Warriors
453 – Points scored by Stephen Curry against the Los Angeles Lakers in 21 NBA Regular-season games
1,800 – Points scored by Kobe Bryant against the Golden State Warriors in 66 NBA Regular-season games

Head-To-Head: Stephen Curry vs Kobe Bryant – NBA Career

Age: Kobe Bryant 37 – Steph Curry 27
NBA seasons: Kobe Bryant 20 – Steph Curry 7
Career highs (points): Kobe Bryant 81 – Steph Curry 54
Career PPG: Kobe Bryant 25.1 (Playoffs 25.6) – Steph Curry 22.1 (Playoffs 25.9)
NBA Championships: Kobe Bryant 5 – Steph Curry 1
NBA MVPs: Kobe Bryant 1 – Steph Curry 1
NBA Finals MVPs: Kobe Bryant 2 – Steph Curry 0
NBA All-Star appearances: Kobe Bryant 18 – Steph Curry 3
NBA All-Star Game MVPs: Kobe Bryant 4 – Steph Curry 0
Twitter Followers: Kobe Bryant 8.88m – Steph Curry 4.61m
Instagram Followers: Kobe Bryant 5.4m – Steph Curry 8.7m

Source: Pitch London
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