Bryant proves he is still King of the court in All-Star clash

The biggest event in the basketball calendar took place at the weekend in Los Angeles as the stars of the NBA took to the Staples Centre in an impressive spectacle culminating in the 60th East v West All-Stars clash. Kobe Bryant led the Western Conference to a 148-145 victory as well as picking up the Most Valuable Player trophy for the 4th time.

flying high to win dunk contest

The All-Star game ended a weekend of intrigue and entertainment including seeing L.A. Clippers power forward Blake Griffin giving an impressive aerial display, jumping over a car to lift the slam-dunk contest trophy.

Griffin and his dunks

The battle for Conference supremacy between Bryant and LeBron James was obvious in the All-Star game with Bryant and the West dominating the first half securing a 12-point lead going into the second. The final quarter saw James really make his impact resulting in the East coming within 5 points of an inspired comeback.

The Lakers guard and Miami Heat forward brought Showtime back to the court with Bryant scoring 37 points with 14 rebounds. James put away 29 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, being only the second player in NBA history to achieve a triple-double (a score in double-digits in three statistical categories) in an All-Star game.

Kobe Bryant proved at 32-years old he could still steal the spotlight from the up and coming stars of the court with his steals and drives alongside double, reverse and fast-break dunks marking his dominance in the world of basketball and he joined Bob Pettit as the only player to achieve a fourth All-Star MVP title.

Jo Wilson

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