Kobe Bryant showed his younger colleagues in the NBA that he still has it in him on Sunday night. In what would be his final NBA All-Star Game at home, Bryant scored 37 points to lead the West All-Stars to a 148-143 victory over the East All-Stars on Sunday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
The West team led by as much as 17 points in the fourth quarter but LeBron James led the East in cutting the lead down to four in the final seconds. At that point, 32-year old Bryant looked running on empty after 30 minutes of action. Chris Bosh missed on a three-point attempt off a feed from James while Kevin Durant scored five straight points to keep the East at bay.
James came up with a superb all-around performance and could have been the MVP had the East prevailed. His performance of 29 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists is only the second triple-double output in an All-Star Game. Hall of Famer Michael Jordan accomplished the same feat in the 1997 edition of the NBA All-Star Game.