Kobe Bryant was named the MVP of the 2011 NBA All-Star Game after leading the West to a 148-143 victory on his home floor at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Lakers' star scored a game-high 37 points and had a game-high 14 rebounds. He threatened Wilt Chamberlain's All-Star scoring record (42), but was content to move the basketball late as LeBron James led a furious fourth-quarter comeback by the Eastern team.
Had the East won, LeBron, who had the All-Star Game's second ever triple-double with 29 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, would have had a strong claim on the trophy.
With the MVP win, Kobe joined Bob Pettit as the only player in NBA history with four All-Star MVP awards. Kobe had been tied with Shaquille O' Neal and Michael Jordan for second on that list with three apiece. Kobe shared the MVP award in the 2009 All-Star Game.