2011 NBA All-Star Game MVP Watch: Kobe Bryant Leads The Pack With 21 Points At Home

Kobe Bryant scored 21 points in the first half to take an early commanding lead in the race for 2011 NBA All-Star Game MVP honors. Stars playing in front of their home crowd typically earn a built-in advantage in these races, and considering that fans vote for the MVP, Kobe's an instant favorite regardless. But Bryant left nothing to chance by taking a game-high 14 shots to taking the scoring lead. He also had a game-high six rebounds.

Lakers teammate Pau Gasol had a solid half off the bench with 12 points on perfect 6-6 shooting. Kevin Durant scored 15 as the West held a 76-64 lead at halftime. Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh led the East All-Stars with 12 points off the bench. His Miami co-stars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade scored six and 10 points, respectively.

Russell Westbrook, who grew up in Los Angeles, had a rousing stint in the second quarter, scoring eight points in seven points. One of Russ' buckets came on a powerful transition dunk that momentarily sparked an otherwise dead-silent crowd.

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