Durant All Star MVP
February 27, 2012 by staff
Durant All Star MVP, Kevin Durant had 36 points in an MVP effort, Kobe Bryant set the all-time NBA All-Star Game scoring record and the West held off a furious rally for the second straight year to beat the East, 152-149, on Sunday.
Deron Williams and Dwyane Wade both missed three-pointers in the final seconds that could have either given the East the lead or tied the game — ending an All-Star Game that was particularly thrill-a-minute, even for the historically underdefended showcase.
Bryant had 27 points and broke Michael Jordan’s All-Star scoring record, while LeBron James led the East with 36 points but didn’t take either of his side’s final two shots.
Bryant’s 271 points in 14 career All-Star Games passed Jordan’s old record of 262, but it wasn’t the only record set or matched during the game.
Among the others, the West established a new mark with 88 first half points and Wade had 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists to join James and Jordan as the only players with a triple-double in the All-Star Game.
The East never had a lead and trailed by as many as 21 in the third quarter, but made a run for the second year in a row.
Last year, James and Amare Stoudemire sparked a rally that cut the East’s deficit from 16 points to two in less than four minutes late in the fourth quarter. But the West held on for a 148-143 win and Bryant won his fourth All- Star Game MVP award.
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