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Kobe Bryant Gets Competition from Jodie Meeks in Tuesday Night Dunk-Off

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 18:  Jodie Meeks #20 and Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrate their teams 101-100 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats at Staples Center on December 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Maxwell OgdenCorrespondent IIIJanuary 2, 2013

During the Los Angeles Lakers' 103-99 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, Kobe Bryant and Jodie Meeks competed in a Tuesday night dunk-off. The question is, whose was better?

The 34-year-old or the 25-year-old? Who would have thought we'd ask that question?

When will we get to the videos?

With just under three minutes remaining in the first quarter, Steve Nash hit Kobe in the high-post. Bryant immediately made his move on the 22-year-old Jrue Holiday.

Moments later, Bryant was at the rim and Holiday was left in the dust. Thirty-four years old, folks.

This man is 34 years old and in his 17th year in the league.

This man is not a human being.

Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles offered his take after Bryant took it to the hole for a reverse lay-up later in the game. Let's call this a Throwback Tuesday for Kobe Bean.

One that we wished would never end.

 

Kobe turned back the clock earlier w/ a reverse dunk & figured since he was chilling in the late '90s already he'd tack on a reverse layup

— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) January 2, 2013

 

Kobe's was impressive. But could it top Jodie Meeks' throwdown?

With just under five minutes remaining in the second quarter, Meeks took the ball along the baseline with Thaddeus Young defending him. After Young missed on a steal attempt, Meeks went up-and-under.

The finish was tremendous.

The sharpshooter can get up.

 

So who had the more impressive finish? Was it Kobe turning back the clock? Or Meeks showing off his ups?

We'll let you decide.

Until you've made your decision, allow the following highlight hold you over until the next time Kobe and Jodie go toe-to-toe. One which is highlighted by a block at one end and an absurd finish at the other.

By Mr. Meeks.

Who won the L.A. dunk show?

 

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