Kobe Bryant Wins Record Fourth All-Star MVP; West Holds on For 148-143 Win

Kobe Bryant had game highs in both points and rebounds with 37 and 14 in winning his record-tying fourth ASG MVP. The West held off a late rally by the East to win the game.

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All-Star Game: West Leads East, 117 To 100, After Three Quarters As Kobe Bryant Continues MVP Surge

The West has nearly put this one away. A 41-point burst in the third quarter, fueled by gobloads of East turnovers, has the Western Conference All-Stars up 117 to 100. Kobe Bryant continues his strong push for game MVP, as he's scored 34 points and collected nine rebounds. The all-time scoring record in the ASG is held by Wilt Chamberlain, who once put up 42. If Kobe wants the record and asks West coach Gregg Popovich to give him the necessary minutes, the record will be his. Oh, and this happened.

The East has committed 18 turnovers and pulled in only seven offensive boards, compared to seven turnovers and 20 offensive boards on the West's side of the ledger. LeBron James leads the East with 15 points and has made an admirable effort to jump-start their offense, but the carelessness of the East attack and their inability to hit a three-pointer (5 for 20) is doing them in. Barring a three-point hot streak from the East, the only suspense in the final period will come from Kobe's pursuit of the scoring record and Blake Griffin's efforts to throw down a few gargantuan dunks to satisfy his local admirers.

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2011 NBA All-Star Game: West Leads East, 37-27, After 1st Quarter

We had to sit through a badly mimed Lenny Kravitz performance, a decently entertaining series of player intros and a LeBron James-style chalk toss by the entire Eastern Conference starting squad to get there, but just before 6:00 California time tonight, the 2011 All-Star Game got underway. After one quarter of play, the host Western Conference team leads the East, 37 to 27. The pace has been fast, with about 30 possessions per side, and this being an All-Star Game, I'm obliged to point out that no defense is being played. No one here at Staples Center seems especially troubled by this.

After starting the game with an Amare Stoudemire dunk off a feed from LeBron, the East began suffering from turnover difficulties. Thanks to their better care of the ball and some hot early shooting from Kobe Bryant, who so far leads the contest with 11 points, the West built up a double-digit lead about midway through the period. Fellow Laker Pau Gasol has chipped in six points. For the East, the most potent offensive option has been Chris Bosh, who made all four of his shots in the first period. Other highlights include the entry into the game of all four Celtics (Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo), predictably met with boos from the L.A. locals, and a nice alley-oop from Deron Williams to newly minted dunk champ Blake Griffin.

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