Russell Westbrook scored 31 points as the West defeated the East 196-173 in the 2016 All-Star game at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. Eastern all-star Paul George finished with a game high of 41 points while Kobe Bryant scored 10 points in his final all-star appearance.
Westbrook was named All-Star MVP for the second consecutive time in what proved to be the highest scoring All-Star game in NBA history. It was also the first All-Star Weekend to be staged out of the United States.
The weekend turned into a tribute for exiting legend Bryant, who shared the stage with the league’s best talent for the final time. “It was fun. I had a blast playing with those guys, laughing and joking with them on the bench,” said Bryant (4-11 FG, 1-5 3PT).
Gregg Popovich, who who coached the West, said: “To see him (Kobe) now, it’s like the passing of a generation. He’s been such an iconic figure for so long, and he passes it on to that other group of young guys that you saw out there tonight.”
Approximately 750 million people around the globe tuned in to see Bryant’s final appearance in the league’s midseason showpiece. He checked out with 1:06 left to cheers and hugs from his fellow All-Stars.
Only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will finish with more all-star selections than Bryant’s 18.