Feb 26, 2012; Orlando, FL, USA; Western Conference guard Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers (24) posts up against Eastern Conference guard Dwyane Wade (3) of the Miami Heat in the third quarter of the 2012 NBA All-Star Game at the Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE
It may not be a scoring record that means all that much to him (or anyone), but Kobe Bryant is now the NBA's all time All Star Game scoring leader. Kobe needed 19 points to get past one Michael Jordan to take possession of first place, and he got there in the 3rd quarter with a couple of free throws and a little extra blood, courtesy of Dwyane Wade. Bryant ended the game with 27 points, and has now scored 270 points combined in his 14 All Star Games. He's also tied for the all time lead in All Star MVPs with Bob Petit, each with four apiece.
Elsewhere in All Star news, Kevin Durant was the All Star Game MVP, leading all scorers with 36 points and leading the West to victory. The West jumped out to a big lead with some hot shooting in the first half, and held on as the East tried to close the double digit gap in the 4th quarter. In the end, the West held on for a 3 point victory.
As for the other Laker taking part in the festivities, Andrew Bynum might be looking for a refund on his plane ticket. Despite being voted in as the starter for the Western Conference, Bynum played just six minutes in his first All Star Game, failing to score. The lack of minutes was actually due to soreness in his knee because of a routine injection he received to the ailing joint earlier in the weekend, but one has to imagine the young big man is a little disappointed with the first All Star experience he's been pining for the past few seasons.