February 26, 2012; Orlando FL, USA; Western Conference guard Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers (24) during the 2012 NBA All-Star Game at the Amway Center. The Western Conference all-stars defeated the Eastern Conference all-stars 152-149. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

2012 NBA All-Star Game: Kobe Bryant Breaks Scoring Record In West Win

Kobe Bryant has scored 271 points in All-Star Games in his career.

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NBA All-Star Game 2012: Kobe Bryant, MVP Kevin Durant Lead West To 152-149 Win

Kevin Durant scored 36 points and grabbed seven rebounds, leading the Western Conference All-Stars to a 152-149 win over the Eastern Conference in the 2012 NBA All-Star Game at Amway Center in Orlando. LeBron James had 36 points, six rebounds, and seven assists in leading a furious East comeback from down 21 in the fourth quarter, but they fell just short.

Durant was named game MVP. Dwyane Wade had the third triple-double in All-Star Game history with 24 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists.

Kobe Bryant missed one of two free throws with 16.9 seconds remaining, giving the East a chance to tie with a two-pointer or win it with a three, but Deron Williams ariballed a three-pointer in the final seconds. Blake Griffin hit one of two free throws to extend the lead to three points with 1.1 seconds remaining, but Wade missed a contested three at the buzzer.

Kobe scored 27 points on the night, giving him 271 in his 13 All-Star Games played, breaking Michael Jordan's All-Star scoring record.

Most Points, NBA All-Star History
Rank Player Points Games
1 Kobe Bryant 271 13
2 Michael Jordan 262 13
3 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 251 19
4 Oscar Robertson 246 12

Chris Paul had 12 assists to go along with eight points and five rebounds in 31 minutes. Griffin ended with 22 points and eight boards in 31 minutes.

Lakers center Andrew Bynum started and played five and a half minutes, grabbing three rebounds. He did not play after that, by design, as Bynum had a routine knee injection on Friday.


NBA All-Star Game 2012 Score: Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant Lead West To 88-69 Halftime Lead

Kobe Bryant has won four All-Star Game MVP awards, including last season, and on Sunday night in Orlando Kobe is playing like he wants a record-tying fifth MVP award. Bryant scored 14 points in the first half on 6-of-9 shooting, helping the Western Conference to a 88-69 lead over the Eastern Conference at halftime of the 2012 NBA All-Star Game.

Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder had 21 points and six rebounds in the first half, while his Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook scored 17 points, all in the second quarter. Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat led the Eastern Conference with 14 points and seven assists, while LeBron James added 13 points, four rebounds and three assists. Kobe entered the game needing 19 points to pass Michael Jordan for most points in All-Star Game history, and scored 11 points quickly in the first quarter, and three more in the second

Most Points, NBA All-Star History
Rank Player Points Games
1 Michael Jordan 262 13
2 Kobe Bryant 258* 13
3 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 251 19
4 Oscar Robertson 246 12
*Through first half Sunday

The Los Angeles Clippers had their first starter(s) since World B. Free in 1980, and they did not disappoint. Blake Griffin scored 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting, and Chris Paul had seven assists to go with his six points and four rebounds for the Western Conference.

Lakers center Andrew Bynum started and played just five and a half minutes, grabbing three rebounds. Bynum missed all three field goals he attempted, including a three-pointer that did not draw iron. Bynum will not play the rest of the night, as planned, as he had a routine injection in his knee on Friday.

For more coverage of Kobe and the Lakers, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll. For more Clippers news and notes, be sure to read Clips Nation.


NBA All-Star Challenges Results: Jeremy Evans Wins Slam Dunk Contest, Kevin Love Wins 3-Point Contest

On Saturday night, Orlando boasted a stacked lineup of annual events for NBA All-Star Weekend.

The first skills event of the evening was the annual Haier Shooting Stars competition. The event, which featured four teams each comprised of a current NBA player, a current WNBA player and an NBA legend, required the teammates to alternate different shots from different spots on the court, ending with a half-court shot in each round. The team with the best time wins. Team New York emerged victorious as Landry Fields of the New York Knicks and his teammates, Cappie Poindexter and Allan Houston, managed the best time of 37.3 seconds.

In the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, an obstacle course consisting of dribbling, passing and shooting, Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs took home the trophy by topping Rajon Rondo's time in a playoff. UCLA Bruins alum Russell Westbrook posted the second-worst time in the opening round and did not make the cut.

In the Foot Locker 3-Point Contest, Kevin Love and Kevin Durant had a finals tiebreaker which ended with Love taking home the prize by a final score of 17-14.

The main event of the evening was the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest, which is usually highly anticipated. This year's Contest featured a quartet of relative unknowns: Chase Budinger, Derrick Williams, Jeremy Evans and Paul George. For the first time, the winner of the Dunk Contest was decided by Twitter vote and text message. Over 3 million votes were cast and the winner of the contest was Evans, with over 29% of the vote. His highlight dunk was his second, where he dunked two balls at once.

For more on All-Star weekend, stay tuned to this StoryStream or head over to SB Nation's dedicated NBA hub.


NBA Skills Challenge Results: Russell Westbrook Doesn't Make It Past First Round

Sunday night in Orlando, the annual NBA All-Star Weekend held some of its long-running exhibition contests featuring a bevy of pro basketball stars. The day featured a stacked lineup of events, including the D-League All-Star Game, the 3-Point Contest and the Shooting Stars event.

Former UCLA Bruins star Russell Westbrook participated in the NBA Skills Challenge, which was an obstacle course of dribbling, passing and shooting at both ends of the court for the best time. Other participants included Tony Parker, Rajon Rondo, John Wall, Deron Williams and Kyrie Irving.

Westbrook did not survive the first cut, coming in at 33.8 seconds in his first run. Irving was the only competitor to do worse in the opening round, posting a time of 42.2 seconds.

Tony Parker took home the trophy, with Rondo coming in second. Parker's final round looked lackadaisical but clocked in at 32.8 seconds. Rajon muffed three bounce passes in a row on his final run, which ended up being the difference as his time was 34.6 seconds.

For more on All-Star weekend, stay tuned to this StoryStream or head over to SB Nation's dedicated NBA hub.


NBA Rookie-Sophomore Game 2012 (Score And Results)

The BBVA NBA Rising Stars Game continued on the pace set in the first half, with Team Chuck prevailing over Team Shaq 146-133. The game was called both a slam dunk contest and a three point contest, as neither team played much defense and fans got to see what would happen if NBA players were free to play to their fullest ability without opposition. Kyrie Irving finished with a game high 34 points and 9 assists and went 8-8 from three point land, winning the game's MVP Trophy.

Blake Griffin didn't come close to that, only playing five minutes in the second half after playing five minutes in the first half. Griffin scored four straight to begin the second half, and finished the game with ten points. Eight of those points were scored on dunks, including an alley-oop from Kemba Walker who finished with a game high ten assists.

Team Chuck shot better than 50% from the field, which in large part contributed to their dominant victory. Griffin and Lin, two of the most popular players in the NBA, were held to such limited minutes (Jeremy Lin only played nine minutes) Team Shaq ended up a bit hamstrung.

The game also saw the premier of yet another Blake Griffin Kia commercial, this time featuring Jeff Goldblum. So for those who tuned in to watch Griffin certainly got a few morsels to chew on.


NBA Rookie-Sophomore Game 2012 (Halftime Update)

The BBVA NBA Rookie-Sophomore Game (Rising Stars Game) 2012 tipped off in Orland tonight, and so far there hasn't been much defense. Kyrie Irving of Team Chuck leads all scorers with 18 points, as Chuck leads Shaq 77-65. Team Chuck has four players in double digit scoring in this game with two 20 minute halves, while Shaq only has one.

Blake Griffin, who is starting for the NBA West All-Stars on Sunday, only played five minutes in the first half. He took two shots, his only make a dunk on a lob from NBA heartthrob Jeremy Lin two minutes into the game. There were some boos as Lin was announced in Orlando, and he too has played limited minutes; only five and that lob is his only assist.

Both Lin and Griffin started, but perhaps with all that's going to be asked of both players this All-Star game keeping them off the court was a coaches decision.


2012 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game (Score And Results)

The Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game took place Friday in Orlando at the Center Court at Jam Session, inside the Orange County Convention Center. As always, the game was a mix of known celebrities and former NBA and WNBA players, with the East prevailing for the second straight, 86-54.

Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education of the United States, had a standout performance with 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists, but Kevin Hart took home the Most Valuable Player award in a fan vote. In a classy move, Hart announced he was sharing the award with Duncan.

Hart, actor and stand up comedian was a little spitfire out there taunting anything that moved. Dwight Howard's East squad had little trouble with Kevin Durant's West squad. Other celebrities included Ne-Yo, Common, JB Smoove, Vinny Guadagnino, Javier Colon, Drew and Jonathan Scott and Jesse Williams.The NBA Legends included Mitch Richmond, Penny Hardaway, Nick Anderson and 2011 WNBA MVP Tamika Catchings. Doug Gottlieb of ESPN was also out there.


2012 NBA Rookie-Sophomore Game Rosters

The 2012 NBA Rookie-Sophmore game is set to tip off tonight at 6:00pm PST in Orlando, and Blake Griffin stands as the lone Los Angeles representative. While the pre-All Star Game festivities are beloved by some and reviled by others, Blake Griffin's exhausting run through the Rising Stars Challenge, the Slam Dunk Contest, and the All-Star Game was quite a treat for LA basketball fans last year. Griffin was the first pick in the draft between GMs Shaq and Charles Barkley.

This year Griffin is slated to star the NBA All-Star game for the West as well as play in the Rookie-Sophomore game, a feat last pulled off by Lebron James in 2005. Making both squads but not starting in the All-Star Game is not as rare, with Griffin pulling it off last year and Derrick Rose the year before.

The rest of the Team Shaq roster is as follows:

Blake Griffin, LA Clippers
Jeremy Lin, NY Knicks
Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves
Markieff Morris, Phoenix Suns
Kemba Walker, Charlotte Bobcats
Landry Fields, NY Knicks
Norris Cole, Miami Heat
Brandon Knight, Detroit Pistons
Tristan Thompson, Cleveland Cavaliers
Greg Monroe, Detroit Pistons

And their opponents, Team Chuck:

Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings
Derrick Williams, Minnesota Timberwolves
Paul George, Indiana Pacers
MarShon Brooks, NJ Nets
John Wall, Washington Wizards
Tiago Splitter, San Antonio Spurs (out with injury)
Evan Turner, Philadelphia 76ers
Gordon Hayward, Utah Jazz
Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
Derrick Favors, Utah Jazz


Andrew Bynum To Have Routine Injection In Knee, Will Be Fine For All-Star Game

Usually the words 'routine' and 'injection' don't belong in the same sentence, but when it comes to the health of Los Angeles Lakers big man Andrew Bynum, doing whatever it takes to keep him on the floor should be routine.

That's why Bynum will meet Dr. David Altchek in Port St. Lucie, FL to receive a Synvisc injection on his right knee as part of ongoing treatment to maintain his knee's health. The injection is intended to serve as extra lubricant for the knee, providing Andrew with some added relief.

Bynum will not participate in Saturday's Western Conference practice run by Thunder coach Scott Brooks, but he is expected to take part in Sunday's All Star game, something he's been waiting a long time to be a part of.

Bynum came into the season the healthiest he's been since joining the league, averaging 16.3 points and 12.7 rebounds in 34.6 minutes, all new career highs for him.

For more on the Lakers head over to Silver Screen and Roll.

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