February 20, 2011: Kobe Bryant never shies away from the spotlight and thrives on competition against the best. He plays just as hard in All-Star games as he does any other. With the 2011 NBA All-Star game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Kobe put on a show for the hometown fans on his way to collecting a record-tying fourth All-Star Game MVP.
Kobe topped the All-Star Ballots with 2,380,016 votes, earning him a start for the Western Conference. Kobe now has 17 consecutive All-Star selections, which is an NBA record. His 4th MVP is tied with Bob Pettit. Kobe won the award in 2002, 2007, 2009, and 2011. Through his career, Kobe has averaged 20.0 points per game in the ASG.
In the game, Kobe scored 37 points with 14 rebounds as the West held on for a 148-143 victory over the East. He was masterful throughout. Check out the highlights:
Here's to you Kobe, and the day you put on an All-Star show at the Staples Center.