Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant went head-to-head eight times. Bryant owns a 5-3 advantage over Jordan. Three of Kobe’s five wins came when Jordan was a member of the Washington Wizards. On December 17, 1997, Jordan and Bryant met for the second time. Bryant was a second year pro at the time and was used sparingly by then head coach Del Harris. But due to Shaq’s absence, Kobe played 29 minutes and scored 33 points on 12-of-20 from the field, 3-of-5 from the 3-point line, and 6-of-9 from the free throw line. Jordan responded with 36 points on 12-of-22 from the field, 1-of-2 from the 3-point line, and 11-of-12 from the free throw line.