West wins 2011 All-Star Game

Kobe Bryant had his "A" Game on display Sunday night, winning his 4th All-Star Game Most Valuable Player.

Kobe Bryant was playing his second All-Star Game at his home arena for one team. He was the first to do so. Bryant stole the show at the Staples Center, scoring 37 points, and adding 14 rebounds for good measure. Thanks to Bryant, the Western Conference beat the Eastern Conference in the 2011 All-Star Game in an incredibly high-scoring affair, 148-143. Even with Bryant’s 37 points, the Eastern Conference was within 2 points with 2:34 remaining in the game. LeBron James had a triple double, joining Michael Jordan as the only players to record a triple double in an All-Star Game, tallying 29 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists to represent the Heat. His teammate, Dwyane Wade, last year’s All-Star Game MVP, was held to 14 points before leaving the game with a sprained ankle in the third quarter. He did not return. Kevin Durant scored 34 to back up Bryant, who won his 4th All-Star Game MVP, tied with Bob Pettis for the all-time record. His 37 points was only 5 shy of Wilt Chamberlain’s All-Star Game record of 42 points.

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