West Wins Thrilling 2012 NBA All-Star Game As Kevin Durant Takes MVP Honors

The Western Conference held on to win the 2012 NBA All-Star Game in Orlando despite a furious East comeback led by LeBron James, who finished with 36 points. Kevin Durant scored 36, too, and won the MVP award.

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Kevin Durant Wins 2012 NBA All-Star Game MVP Award

Kevin Durant won the 2012 NBA All-Star Game MVP award on Sunday, racking up 36 points, seven rebounds and three assists in the West's 152-149. Durant was quiet late as LeBron James, who had 36 of his own, led a monster comeback for the East. But as the Western All-Stars clinched the win, Durant clinched the trophy. It is Durant's first All-Star honor.

Kobe finished with 27 points, and in the third quarter broke Michael Jordan's career All-Star scoring record. For the East squad, Dwyane Wade finished with the third triple-double in All-Star history, finishing with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

Durant isn't the youngest NBA All-Star MVP ever -- LeBron won it in 2006 at the age of 21. Durant is 23.

KD almost had two awards this weekend, as he lost a tiebreaker for the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest championship on Saturday night. Kevin Love edged him in that battle.

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NBA All-Star Game 2012 Final Score: West Wins Squeaker 152-149

The West held on to win the 2012 NBA All-Star Game in Orlando by the score 152-149 despite a spirited comeback from 21 down by the East. Kevin Durant led the West with 36 points, and Kobe Bryant followed with 27. LeBron James had 36 for the East, as well. Dwyane Wade registered the All-Star Game's third ever triple-double with 24 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds.

The last four minutes of the game were wild and competitive. LeBron hit two monster three-pointers late, and missed a third that would have set the world on collapsing unto itself. But he had a bad turnover with the East down three in the closing seconds. He tried to hit Wade with a cross-court pass after an offensive rebound by Deron Williams, but saw the ball intercepted.

That play came shortly after Wade mishandled an outlet pass. Here's a clip with both turnovers.

Durant won the MVP award.

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NBA All-Star Game 2012 Live Score: Kevin Durant Is Unglued, West Leads 124-112 After Third

The West leads the 2012 NBA All-Star Game 124-112 after three quarters -- yes, the West is on pace to break 160 points -- as Kevin Durant has decided to challenge Wilt Chamberlain's 1962 All-Star scoring record. That record is 42. Durant has 34 through three.

Kobe Bryant, who broke Michael Jordan's career All-Star scoring record in the third, has 24 in aid of Durant. LeBron James leads the East team with 28 points, and Miami Heat teammate Dywane Wade has 20 points, nine assists and six rebounds.

The record for most points by a team in an All-Star Game is 155, executed by the West in 2003. The West broke the record for most points in a half in the first half of this game with 88. Wade is looking to join Jordan and LeBron as the third player to register an All-Star triple-double.

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Kobe Bryant Breaks Michael Jordan Record For Most Points In NBA All-Star Game History

Kobe Bryant broke Michael Jordan's record for most career points in NBA All-Star Game history with a transition dunk in the 2012 edition on Sunday in Orlando. This year's game was Kobe's 14th, tied for the league record. Kobe has 20 points in the game.

Jordan scored 262 points in 14 career All-Star Games. Kobe actually entered the game fourth in career ASG scoring, behind MJ, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson. Kobe also has a record-tying four All-Star MVPs to his name, a mark he shares with legend Bob Pettit. Kobe hopes to break that this season. He was the MVP in 2011 in Los Angeles.

Kobe scored the first bucket of Sunday's game and had eight points in the first four minutes.

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NBA All-Star Game 2012 MVP Watch: Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant Gunning For Trophy

It appears that the West will take care of business in the 2012 NBA All-Star Game, entering halftime with a 19-point lead. That means that someone from the West team will take home the ultra-valued All-Star MVP trophy. Kobe Bryant is seeking to own the record for most career All-Star MVPs -- he and Bob Pettit have four each -- and racked up 14 points on 6-9 shooting in the first half to help his quest.

But he trails two Oklahoma City Thunder stars in the scoring category. Kevin Durant put in 21 points in the first half with six rebounds, and Russell Westbrook soared in off the bench with 17 points in 12 minutes. He clearly has some energy coursing through his veins.

If the East comes back, it'd likely be behind Dwyane Wade, who has 14 points and seven assists.

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NBA All-Star Game 2012 Halftime Score: West Pulls Away Behind Thunder Stars

Kevin Durant has 21 points and Oklahoma City Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook has 17 as the West leads the 2012 NBA All-Star Game 88-69 over the East at halftime. The West broke the record for most points in a half with their first-half performance.

Westbrook was maniacal off the bench, soaring toward the rim relentlessly and screaming after every West jam while he was in the game. Durant mixed action in the paint with deft deep shooting after finishing second in Saturday's Three-Point Contest.

Dwyane Wade leads the East with 14 points and seven assists. He missed an odd self alley-oop attempt that should have been called travelling in the second quarter, and LeBron James -- who thundered through the first game -- missed a couple of plays at the rim as well. LeBron had 13 points in the first half, while Deron Williams came off the bench for 12.

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NBA All-Star Game 2012 Live Score: West Leads East 39-28 After First Quarter, Kobe Bryant With 11

Kobe Bryant scored 11 points and Blake Griffin scored 10 -- all of them on dunks -- in the first quarter as the West took a 39-28 lead into the break in Sunday's 2012 NBA All-Star Game in Orlando. LeBron James led the East team with 11 points of his own, and a number of seriously bad dunks.

Kobe aims to break Michael Jordan's career All-Star Game scoring record (262). He came in needing 19 to tie MJ, and got out to a fast start with the game's first bucket and eight points in the first four minutes of game time.

The pace was hectic early, but the play was relatively clean with fast breaks galore. Andrew Bynum, who had a precautionary knee procedure this weekend, played just a couple of minutes in which he managed to airball a three-pointer and get blocked by Dwight Howard. It was one great All-Star debut!

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