NBA ALL-Star Game: Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and How the West Won

Doik DoikesContributor IIIFebruary 27, 2012

ORLANDO, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  (L-R) LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat and the Eastern Conference talks with Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Western Conference during the 2012 NBA All-Star Game at the Amway Center on February 26, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Sunday night the NBA provided fans with the “talents” of the Eastern and Western Conference in what was actually a game worth watching when the fourth quarter came around. The West won the war of who can get to 150 the fastest, winning 152-149 in regulation.

Kobe Bryant broke yet another record, this time opting for Michael Jordan’s career all-star game points, but thanks to Dwayne Wade, he also broke his nose. After the game, Wade had this to say, "Yeah, I obviously didn't try to draw no blood, but I took a foul." When watching the foul I couldn’t help but want to yell “HEY 3! You’re a guard not a linebacker.”

Obviously Laker Fans like myself found it funny that in a game where no one plays defense the sudden clothesline Wade delivered was just all about being as he put it “being competitive and having fun." The only thing else I have to say about it is, on Sunday, Kobe has a chance to bring his revenge for that clothesline on the court. And I hope he does so in the form of a 40+ performance.

What I found most interesting though, wasn’t Kobe’s record-breaking night, or his broken nose, but rather the fact that LeBron James once again proves that in clutch situations he freezes up. After shooting amazing the whole night; with literally seconds ticking off the clock, LeBron opted to pass the ball forcing a turnover and ending the East’s chances to tie the game late and send it in to overtime.

With Kobe visibly giving it to him, LeBron and the East headed losers into the locker room. After the game still unapologetic, Wade had this to say about Kobe’s performance "He got 27. He's Kobe Bryant. He scores the ball. He's a tough cover. But it's great being a little piece of history. He's one of the best of all time. We will one day say we had the honor of playing against one of the greatest players to ever play the game of basketball."  

In my mind somewhere the Mamba was saying to himself “wish I could say same the same No. 3.”

When asked what Kobe was saying to LeBron in the final moments of the game, LeBron looking defeated said "Yeah, he was telling me to shoot it," interesting, but why listen to a guy who has five rings and goes by the nickname “Black Mamba?” especially considering that it was “only” his 14th time playing in the All-Star Game.

Even if Kobe didn’t take home MVP honors, Laker fans should be proud that not even a broken nose could keep 24 from competing.