Neither Kobe Bryant nor LeBron James has had a very enjoyable season. Kobe is fighting an increasingly sclerotic body and plays for the hopeless Lakers, while LeBron has already missed his most games in a season ever and plays for the dramatically underwhelming Cavaliers. But in a narrow Cavs win Thursday night, the two brought out the best basketball in each other—LeBron scored 36 while Kobe racked up a career high 17 assists—and most importantly, they brought out the best SMILES in each other.

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