first_imgLAS VEGAS – Viva Kobe Bryant and the best of the West. Bryant, Carmelo Anthony & crew lit up the Strip with their own version of Showtime, romping past LeBron James and the East 153-132 Sunday night in the NBA All-Star Game. An event that some locals called the biggest thing to hit Las Vegas featured showgirls, acrobats, magicians and Elvis impersonators. Then it was time for Bryant and his teammates to take over in the first All-Star Game outside an NBA city. “I think we had a little flair, a little Vegas in there,” West forward Shawn Marion said. “Hopefully the fans enjoyed it a lot.” Bryant scored 31 points, had six of the West’s record 52 assists and was picked as the MVP. Amare Stoudemire added 29 points for the West, which quickly built a big lead and held it this time, a year after blowing a 21-point cushion in a loss in Houston. Anthony, a late addition to the team, scored 20 points and Marion, who played at the Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV, added 18. James scored 28 points for the East, and Dwight Howard had 20 points and 12 rebounds. The East barely shot 40 percent through three quarters in a game that isn’t known for its defensive intensity before a late flurry during garbage time. “We got here at 2 o’clock,” Shaquille O’Neal said. “There’s a lot of stretching and standing around. We were all kind of stiff, so the game was a little lopsided. But that’s OK, they came here to see a show and they got a show.” center_img Dwyane Wade had only 10 points on 5-of-12 shooting, but he had reason to be tired after playing host to events Thursday and Friday night. Those were two of the many functions that kept the players out until all hours of the night. The West led 39-31 at the end of one, and quickly pushed that lead into double digits in the second quarter – Shaquille O’Neal missed another dunk during that stretch. The lead ballooned to 23 when Bryant nailed a 3-pointer and followed with a dunk on the next possession, and the West was up 79-59 at halftime. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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