Kobe Bryant starred as the West beat the East in the NBA All Star Game on the evening of Sunday 20th February 2011.
The match finished West 148-143 East, with Kobe Bryant, for the West, named as the MVP for the fourth time in his career, after the player scored 37 points (the fourth best-ever in an All-Star match).
LeBron James, for the East, was in hot form too, securing only the second ever triple double in an All-Star game – the only man since Michael Jordan, in 1998, to achieve the feat. LeBron’s figures of 29-12-10, however, are more impressive even than the great Jordan’s then 13-11-11.
West won by outscoring their All-Star rivals in each of the opening three quarters, before East rallied in the final quarter, but came up just five points short at the last, in an entertaining All-Star match which saw incredible performances from two of the sport’s brightest lights.
This match, arguably always likely to be the Kobe versus LeBron showdown, lived up to all expectations and saw great performances from both of the marquee players.
Had they come out of the blocks a little sharper, East, who were 12 points superior to West in the final quarter, could easily have got something from this enthralling game.
Eastern Conf All-Stars v Western Conf All-Stars 2011 – Score