Kobe Bryant Challenges Wilt Chamberlain's Scoring Record As West Opens Up Big All-Star Game Lead

Kobe Bryant scored 34 points through three quarters of the 2011 NBA All-Star Game as his West team lead the East 117-100. Kobe set himself up to challenge Wilt Chamberlain's All-Star record of 42 points, provided he convinces Spurs coach Gregg Popovich to let him play in a blow-out.

LeBron James led the East team with 15 points. Reigning scoring champ Kevin Durant had 20 points. Kobe was quite efficient in scoring his 34, hitting 13-22 shots. He also had a game-high nine rebounds. LeBron led the East with eight rebounds.

The East team was remarkably sloppy, as the West registered 16 steals through three quarters. Meanwhile, the West All-Star committed only seven turnovers in total through three.

Dwyane Wade left the game in the third quarter after suffering a right ankle injury after landing on Deron Williams' foot after attempting a spinning jump pass in transition. (The pass resulted in a turnover.) Wade was immediately ruled out of the rest of the game, even though the injury didn't seem terribly serious.

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