Sunday , Feb , 18 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) – Kobe Bryant scored 31 points, dished out six
assists and had six steals to lead the West to an easy 153-132 win over the
East in the 56th annual All-Star Game at the Thomas & Mack Center. Bryant was
named the MVP of the contest for leading a West team that registered an All-
Star game record 52 assists and fell just two points short of its own All-Star
game record for points — 155 set in 2003. Amare Stoudemire added 29 points
and nine rebounds for the West, who snapped a two-game skid in the event.
Carmelo Anthony chipped in with 20 points and nine boards, while Shawn Marion
finished with 18 points and eight rebounds. LeBron James — who was the MVP in
last year’s game — netted 28 points, six rebounds and six assists for the
East. Dwight Howard was a force inside in his All-Star debut with 20 points
and a game-high 12 boards, while Joe Johnson had 12 points.