The Western Conference All-Stars prevailed in a high-flying 196-173 victory over the Eastern Conference, sending Kobe Bryant's All-Star days off to sea with a victory. Russell Westbrook was named the Most Valuable Player of the All-Star game, taking home the award for the second year in a row after scoring a team-high 31 points.
Paul George came up one point shy of breaking the all-time All-Star game scoring record, filling up 41 points while draining nine of his 19 three-point attempts. The West squad locked him out from scoring over the final few minutes, and for the second year in a row Wilt Chamberlain's record survived by just one made field goal.
It was a raw display of talent from the All-Stars, throwing the ball up and down the court as tandems took turns setting up alley-oops and three-point attempts. Chris Paul to Anthony Davis was one of the best combos of the night for the West, with the duo connecting on all sorts of alley-oops. Paul was dishing dimes all night for a game-high 16 assists.
Kobe ended the night with 11 points, seven assists and six rebounds, doing seemingly all he could to not make the game itself about him. His teammates would find Kobe, only for him to find another player to dish it off to for a better shot opportunity. It was hard not to think about this game being about the closure of his legacy, though, with the incredible job the NBA did to pay tribute to him featuring a little help from Magic Johnson.
If you missed it, here's what went down in Toronto. Have your demisters ready:
The Kobe Bryant All-Star introduction you have to see
Kobe Bryant's introduction for his final All-Star game is beautiful. WARNING: WILL leave your eyes misty. An amazing moment in the farewell tour from NBA on TNT.Posted by Silver Screen and Roll on Sunday, February 14, 2016
Overall it was a fun game featuring some great Kobe moments with LeBron James, Pau Gasol and a cast of superstar players putting on a show for the fans in Toronto. All-Star weekend concludes with another box checked off on the Kobe farewell tour, and just 27 regular season games left.