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Kobe Bryant may lead the Lakers back to the NBA Finals.
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Kobe went for 61. LeBron followed with 52 and a triple-double.

An asterisk may be in order for those record book entries seeing as they came in New York, home of the Madison Square Garden Matadors, but, no matter the opponent, let us agree that Bryant and James are the game's top two players. Awe-inspiring performances aside, though, will either star's T-E-A-M win the title?

At 39-9 and 40-9, respectively, the Cavs and Lakers stand atop the 82-game playoff chase, but the old-money Celtics and Spurs are on their heels. Sprinkle the conversation with an Orlando Magic mention and you have the contenders, but which coach has the best horses?

With a 110-109 overtime win against the Celtics Thursday night the Lakers added the weight of a road win against one of the league's elites to their already impressive resume. A matching win over the Cavs Sunday afternoon would make a return to the NBA Finals look even more likely.

The stars grabbed the headlines early in the week, but full squads stole the show Thursday. On Sunday, fans get the best of both worlds with LeBron's Cavs taking on Kobe's Lakers. It won't be as simple as one-on-one, but it may just be a preview of what is to come when only two teams are left in June. That's when the names on the marquee belong to the teams, not just the stars.

Which NBA club do you think is the team to beat?

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