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Added February 27th, 2012 by Ryan

Kobe and Durant lead West over the East in 2012 NBA All-Star game

The Western and Eastern All-Star teams this season were some of the most talented combinations of players in this annual NBA event in recent history. With Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) and Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) headlining the West and LeBron James (Miami Heat) and Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic) highlighting the East squad, there were bound to be fireworks.

Unfortunately, one of the key matchups that many people were looking forward to; never really come to fruition. Andrew Bynum (Los Angeles Lakers) and Dwight Howard were unanimous starters on the West and East squads and set up a classic matchup between league’s best big men. With Bynum recently getting a knee injection, the Lakers center struggled in just five minutes on the floor and was pulled to rest the knee.

Despite the failed big man showdown, Kevin Durant and LeBron James put on a scoring display. Both of these NBA MVP candidates scored game-highs of 36 points. Durant eventually took top honors by helping lead the West to victory over the East, 152-149, with the assistance of Kobe who also dropped in 27 points.

Along with being a lethal scoring combination with Durant, Kobe also set a milestone by passing Michael Jordan on the all-time list of All-Star game scoring (271 points). Unfortunately, Kobe did get banged up in this one by suffering a broken nose after a hard foul from Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat). Kobe still continued to perform after the injury and helped this team get the win.

Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder), Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves) and Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers) also helped the cause for the Western Conference All-Stars by combining for 60 points. On the East, Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks), Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls), Deron Williams (New Jersey Nets) and Andre Igoudala (Philadelphia 76ers) all scored in double figures, but failed to get past the West.

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