The West lead early in the 2011 NBA All-Star Game. Despite a late run by the East, the West was able to take home a 148-143 victory. The West was led by Kobe Bryant’s game-high 37 points and game-high 14 rebounds. For his efforts, Kobe Bryant was the MVP of this year’s affair.
Kobe Bryant got help from young stud Kevin Durant, who poured in 34 points on 23 shot attempts. Pau Gasol (17), Russell Westbrook (12) and Chris Paul (10) also scored in double figures for the West.
The East was led powered by LeBron James’ triple-double. In 32 minutes, LeBron poured in 29 points, 12 rebounds and ten assists. It was the second ever triple-double in an All-Star game. Amare Stoudemire also had 29 points, while Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade — LeBron’s two teammates from the Miami Heat — each scored 14 points.
With 1:12 to go, LeBron made a layup to pull the East within two points. However, after a Kobe miss, Gasol followed with a layup to give the West the cushion they needed to claim the win.