LOS ANGELES CA - FEBRUARY 20: Chris Paul #3 of the New Orleans Hornets and the Western Conference talks with Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Western Conference in the 2011 NBA All-Star Game at Staples Center on February 20 2011 in Los Angeles California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and or using this photograph User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

NBA All-Star Game: West Beats East In High-Scoring Affair, 148-143

LeBron James finished with a triple-double on Sunday night in the NBA All-Star Game, but the West escaped with a 148-143 win over the East at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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Kobe Bryant Dunks On LeBron James, Wins NBA All-Star Game MVP

Kobe Bryant put together a strong game on Sunday night in the NBA All-Star Game as the West beat the East at Staples Center, 148-143. Bryant finished with 37 points and 14 rebounds, beating out LeBron James, who registered 39 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, for the MVP award. But if you're looking for why Bryant took home the MVP award, it may just be the sequence in which he dunked on James, patted him on the backside, then buried a three moments later after a Chris Paul steal.

Check out the video of Bryant upstaging James in the All-Star Game, passed along by Jose3030.

LeBron should know better than to try and play defense, or block a shot, in the All-Star Game. Of all the glorified exhibitions in professional sports, it's the NBA that takes the cake for little defense and showmanship on All-Star Weekend. It's all about the show and Bryant put on a show in front of the home crowd, making him an easy MVP choice.

For more on the game, including the stats, check out our NBA All-Star Game StoryStream.


NBA All-Star Game Score, Stats: LeBron James Gets Triple Double; West Wins, 148-143

LeBron James registered a triple-double in Sunday night's NBA All-Star Game, but it wasn't enough as the West held off the hard-charging East down the stretch for a 148-143 win at Staples Center. James finished with 29 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists to become only the second player in the history of the All-Star Game to register a triple-double, joining NBA legend Michael Jordan.

It was all about the hometown kid in Los Angeles on Sunday night, though, as Kobe Bryant led the West to victory with 37 points and 14 rebounds. For his efforts, Bryant was awarded the All-Star Game MVP award to the delight of the crowd. In a weekend where the hometown players took center-stage, with Blake Griffin winning the dunk contest on Saturday night, it was only fitting Bryant would take home the biggest award of the weekend.

Kevin Durant added a solid performance, chipping in 34 points in the win. Chris Paul added 10 points and tied for the team-high with seven assists. Pau Gasol and Russell Westbrook were each in double-figures off the bench, scoring 17 and 12 points respectively. Tim Duncan had just two points in 12 minutes and Carmelo Anthony, playing amid trade rumors that won't go away, added eight points.

For the East, it was the LeBron and Amare show. Stoudemire tied the team-high with 29 points while also grabbing six rebounds. Dwyane Wade added 14 points, Derrick Rose had 11 and Chris Bosh had 14 points off the bench. Ray Allen and Joe Johnson were each in double-figures, as well, scoring 12 and 11 points respectively.

With James filling up the stat-sheet, and leading the team in every major statistical category, it was clear who the star of the show was, though the East did put up a heck of a fight down to the wire before the West squeaked out the win. Unlike Major League Baseball, nothing was at stake in the All-Star Game, with players simply going home with bragging rights. Still, James' performance was impressive, and there were a few moments that turned heads amid a mostly boring game.

For more on the game, check out our NBA All-Star Game StoryStream.


NBA All-Star Game Halftime Show 2011 Video: Rihanna, Drake, Kanye West Battle Sound Troubles

Rihanna took the stage at the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night, getting a little help from Kanye West and Drake at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Together, the three rocked the house, but it was microphone troubles that hampered the halftime show. For what looked to be a promising show, the sound issues were a bit disappointing.

Check out Kanye, Drake and Rihanna together performing a melody, with Rihanna and Drake combining for "What's My Name?" and Kanye rising from the stage in a fitting entrance.

Now for the obvious comparison. Black Eyed Peas at the Super Bowl or the NBA All-Star Game trio? The Black Eyed Peas went with the outrageous show, dressing up in something that looked like it was from outer space while putting together a performance that didn't go over well with the masses. Even with a guest appearance from Slash, the show couldn't be salvaged in the eyes of many.

On the other hand, the NBA All-Star Game halftime show went over well, with Kanye, Rihanna and Drake all praised almost universally. The three were entertaining all-around, not taking it too seriously or going over the top with the performance. Rihanna was, obviously, the star of the show, but Drake makes a nice cameo and Kanye played up his usual ridiculous persona. All-in-all not a bad job at all.

For more on the game, check out our NBA All-Star Game StoryStream.


NBA All-Star Game Halftime Show: Rihanna, Kanye West Hit The Stage At Staples Center

Just like the Super Bowl, it’s the halftime show that has everyone abuzz at the NBA All-Star Game. This year, after a “rousing” pregame performance by Lenny Kravitz and a classic performance of the American National Anthem from Josh Groban, the NBA will take got a bit more pop for the halftime show, enlisting Rihanna. But wait, there’s more. Kanye West is reportedly hopping into the mix, perhaps crashing Rihanna’s party. It’d only be fitting.

Forget Kobe Bryant dropping bombs, Chris Paul dishing-out dimes or LeBron James dunking, it’s all about Kanye tonight. The NBA knows how to put on a show, at least from a talent standpoint. The NBA's goal has been to turn All-Star Weekend into a place to see and be seen, attracting some of the biggest celebrities around. The halftime show, featuring two prominent artists, continues that trend as the league shows off in its biggest weekend of the year.

Which would you take? The NBA Halftime show or the Super Bowl halftime show? The Black Eyed Peas broke out one of the weirdest productions we’ve seen in a long time at Super Bowl XLV, leaving many shaking their heads. The NBA, however, went with some serious star-power and looks to be the hands-down winner. Now, if only Groban joined in on the fun, reading some Kanye West tweets.

We’ll be back later with the video and a full review of the NBA All-Star Game Halftime Show. For more on the game, check out our StoryStream. For wall-to-wall coverage of all the action, be sure to check out SB Nation’s NBA All-Star Game StoryStream.


NBA All-Star Game Rosters: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard Headline East Team

A quick look at the East team's roster for Sunday night's NBA All-Star Game gives us a good idea of where the power lies in the conference. The Miami Heat are well-represented, with LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade all in Los Angeles for the game. The Boston Celtics put four players on the roster as Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo join Miami's big three on Sunday night. In total, only six teams are represented, with the Atlanta Hawks also sending more than one player.

Dwight Howard, Amare Stoudamire and Derrick Rose are the lone wolves on the East roster. With a Miami and Boston heavy roster, it'll be interesting to see how the East interacts with each other and if team-alliances prevail. Even the Hawks have their pair of players in Al Horford and Joe Johnson, giving the East the added advantage of familiarity.

It's all for the show, though, as the East and West hook up to put on a show, partaking in a game of "anything you can do I can do better" on Sunday night. Monster dunks, alley-oops and dazzling displays of passing are all expected as both sides battle it out with bragging rights at stake.

For the West rosters, check out our StoryStream entry. For more information on tonight's game, check out our NBA All-Star Game StoryStream.


NBA All-Star Game Rosters: Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin Lead The West Team

The 2011 NBA All-Star game is set to tip-off right around 5:30 p.m. on Sunday night at Staples Center as some of the game’s best hit the floor for a glorified exhibition. On the West side of the court, Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Clippers forward, and late All-Star Game addition, Blake Griffin and Oklahoma City Thunder wing Kevin Durant highlight a star-studded cast sure to entertain. Orchestrating the whole show for the West is Chris Paul, the talented passer from the New Orleans Hornets.

The West roster represents a changing of the guard, with a mix of young and old in this year’s All-Star Game. From Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki to Durant, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Love, two separate generations of NBA stars and potential stars hit the court on Sunday night to take-on a loaded East team.

Carmelo Anthony joins Bryant, Paul, Duncan and Durant in the starting five for the West amid a bevy of trade rumors. Anthony is caught in the middle of a three-way trade triangle, with both the New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets vying for his services. While the Nuggets are looking to unload him before the trade deadline, the rumors have been exhausting for many, but may finally be winding to a close. Add that in for an interesting subplot in Los Angeles.

The action begins at 5:30 p.m. on TNT. For more on the game, check out our NBA All-Star Game StoryStream.


NBA All-Star Game Time, Rosters, TV Information And More

With the rest of the All-Star weekend festivities in the books, including Saturday night's Slam Dunk Contest, it's time for the main event. On Sunday night, the NBA's finest hit the floor at Staples Center for the 2011 NBA All-Star Game. The game features some of the best and brightest the NBA has to offer, from young stars to wily veterans that have become mainstays in the All-Star Game. It all takes place this evening, live on TNT.

Here's all the information for Sunday night's game.

Time: The NBA All-Star Game gets underway at 5:30 p.m. local time on Sunday evening.

Location: Staples Center in Los Angeles has the hosting duties this year. Staples Center plays host to both Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers games during the regular season.

TV Information: TNT has the broadcasting duties, with the usual suspects on the call. From Kenny Smith to Charles Barkley to Chris Webber, the TNT broadcast rarely fails to entertain, at least. During last night's dunk contest, Barkley had has 'A' game, spending most of the night dropping hilarious one-liners and zingers. From the pregame to the broadcast itself, it should be an interesting production.

Players: The East roster can be found here and the West can be found here. Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony and Blake Griffin highlight the West roster and with Paul running the point, we're sure to see some fireworks. On the East side of the court, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose and Dwight Howard are the biggest names. Like the West, the East is in capable hands with Rose or Rajon Rondo running the point.

Defense Wins ... Nothing: Don't expect any defense in the All-Star Game as players engage in a star-studded game of horse on the court. From alley-oops to deep shots, the All-Star Game is simply a scoring exhibition as players try to throw down the biggest dunk or dish-out a pretty assist. Expect both teams to easily break the century mark before the fourth quarter begins.

Youth Being Served: Blake Griffin, Kevin Love, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant lead the way as the young guns of the NBA take center-stage tonight. Griffin has already put on a show this weekend in Los Angeles, taking home the dunk contest title on Saturday night. Though many of the veterans that are a lock for the All-Star Game every year are still around, it's these players, from the younger generation, that are worth keeping an eye on.

It all gets started on Sunday night at 5:30 p.m. local time on TNT. For more on All-Star Weekend, check out our Slam Dunk Contest StoryStream. For more on the game, stay with this StoryStream.

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