CBS2: Lakers star Kobe Bryant played only the first 3 minutes and headed to the bench, likely for good, to rest his right pinkie, which has a torn ligament. He quickly had his hand wrapped in ice and threw on a sweatsuit, ensuring that he won’t be a repeat MVP winner.

In a proud city still restoring its unique beauty, the Eastern Conference repaired its own image. Ray Allen scored 28 points, making three straight 3-pointers in the final 3:15, and LeBron James added 27 as the East, widely considered the NBA’s weaker half, beat the Western Conference 134-128 in Sunday night’s All-Star Game.

Last year, the West humiliated the East in a 153-132 rout in Las Vegas when Kobe Bryant and Co. rewrote the event’s record books. However, this time led by Allen’s 14 fourth-quarter points and a stunning dunk by James with 55 seconds left, the East salvaged some pride and can return to the season’s second half with bragging rights.

James, who added nine assists and eight rebounds, was the MVP for the second time in three years. He also won the honor in 2006.

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  • AnthonY MusiQ

    Kobe MVP!!! The West is nothing w/out him!!!

  • http://lakers.com k0be da 1 andonly

    All Star Game was pretty boring w/o Kobe , But I’m glad he rested, cause now we will CONQUER the WEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Phant0M

    it was boringggg.

  • LakersFirst (Change) (Close)

    Good, If Kobe doesn’t want to get the surgery, the he should rest and only play in games against top calibur opponents.

  • Jack Nicholas

    I like that idea, i think PJ should put kobe in if its crunch time….

  • Ballin’08

    Gotta agree pretty boring w/ out Kobe…matter of fact fell asleep…i wish adidas wouldn’t insist on having their stipes on every All-star Jersey now….they clash w/ Kobe’s Nike’s…

  • keep24

    As much as I hate Ray Allen, I think everyone would agree that Allen’s 3 consecutive 3 pointers changed the game for good.

    However, LBJ gets the MVP because of the dunk – but mainly because the NBA, especially David Sterns are all in love with this guy. Good game for James, no doubt but I think Allen deserved it more.

  • Freakin Lakers Fan

    Keep24,

    I totally agree. Without Allen’s 3 pointers there is no win for the East. The West was on a role. More than that Allen did it on 10 for 14 shooting in 18 minutes I think. Which says regardless of Bron’s stats it wasn’t his play that won the game for the East (he played 30 minutes) it was Allen’s hot shooting. And again I agree I hate him too.

    I watched the first two quarters and the last cause it was boring. I really didn’t think Kobe’s presence added that much to an Allstar game but it does.

  • http://swishtheball.net KOPAU BYDOM

    get surgery now, dont gsmble

  • http://www.otrbasketball.com/ lakersfan17

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    Exactly the West would of won with Kobe.

  • http://WWW.WHIPAPPEAL.NET thenizzzeil

    yes it was boring…did u see how no one wanted to TAKE THE SHOT in crunch time…kobe woulda made 5 straight shots

    anyways..did anyone notice the patches of the PREVIOUS all-star games on their jackets..i thought that was sweet…are they for sale?!?

  • http://WWW.WHIPAPPEAL.NET thenizzzeil

    did anyone go to the festivities or make it to this all-star game? i have pix from all-star weekend at vegas…and 3 pix from garnetts last game as a timberwolf…and a CLEAR FOUL on kobe’s 3 pt …where he made it anyways…enjoy

    http://whipappeal.net/Gallery/album04?page=1

  • e-Lan7

    soooooooo boring without kobe……. of only kobe was there, things will change and west could have won… during crunch time? i’ve never seen lebron take a shot, he always take a dunk/layout and that sucks…..if it wasn’t for allen, the west won! james sucks!

  • DJR INC

    kobe should play for the boys next door… http://www.myspace.com/theboysnextdoor.com

  • as1084

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    yea i made it to last year’s all star game in vegas as well. except, i was an intern for the NBA PR team for the All-Star weekend last year and it was AWESOME!

  • MILO