LeBron James and Kobe Bryant could put un an awfully nice show in the Finals this June, assuming The King doesn’t quit in the second round again this year. Bryant scored a game-high 37 in last night’s NBA All-Star Game to grab MVP honours in a 148-143 West win, with James’ 29 points, 12 boards and 10 assists — just the second triple-double in game history — coming up on the short end for the East. (Note: I’m kidding. There’s no way Miami gets to Finals, and it’ll have more to do with Boston rolling and less with LeBron choking this time.)
Bryant scored 21 in the first half, giving the West a 12-point lead through 24 minutes and helping stretch it to 17 before an East run led by James and Amar’e Stoudemire made it tight in the final few minutes. Bryant also grabbed 14 rebounds and got help from Kevin Durant, who added 34 points of his own. Stoudemire matched James with 29 for the East and Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh each had 14.
The lack of defense aside, it’s not hard to appreciate the NBA All-Star Game with all the skill on hand. Hey, even Stevie Wonder had the time of his life. If you missed any of it, check out the weekend in photos on my Facebook page.
With the fun out of the way, its back to business for the Raptors — they’re in action again tomorrow night with a trip to Charlotte, before returning home for four straight starting with Chicago on Wednesday.