Full recap after the jump.
Oklahoma City’s superstar Kevin Durant scored 36 points on 14-25 shooting and added seven rebounds, three assists and three steals while leading the West to a 152-149 victory and taking Most Valuable Player honors.
Kobe Bryant added 27 points, and moved past Michael Jordan into first place on the all-time All-Star game scoring list in the process.
Blake Griffin became just the third player in all-star game history to post a triple-double, with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. But his best play may have been his steal of a LeBron James pass with seconds remaining, to help ice the game for the West.
James led the Eastern Conference stars with 36 points, and was white-hot (6-8) from three-point range.
Bryant suffered a broken nose, courtesy of a hard foul by Dwyane Wade. Luol Deng played just six minutes; he left the game after falling on his injured left wrist and did not return.
Bryant’s Laker teammate and fellow starter Andrew Bynum also saw only limited action; Bynum received an injection in his oft-injured knee earlier this week.
All-Star Scoring Records
Bryant’s 27 points give him 271 in all-star play, most of any player in NBA history. Michael Jordan is now second with 262.
Bryant also passed Kareem Abdul Jabbar (251) and Oscar Robertson (246) on the all-time list during the game.