West beats East 196-173 in highest- scoring NBA All-Star Game ever

There wasn't much drama in the 2016 NBA All-Star Game from Toronto but there was a lot of scoring. In fact it was a record level of scoring for the two teams as both the East and the West teams each bested the previous team-high record of 163 points, and they set the combined record with 369 points, which bested the previous mark of 321 total points.

For such a prolific scorer in the history of the game, Kobe Bryant got to see a layup drill and a fireworks display in his 15th (18th selection overall) and final All-Star Game. Bryant, who said earlier in the weekend he planned on capping out at 10 minutes, played 26 minutes and finished with 10 points (4-of-11 shooting), seven assists, and six rebounds. His one steal moved him ahead of Michael Jordan all-time for All-Star Game steals.

Paul George led all scorers with 41 points and set the All-Star Game record for 3-pointers with nine. He broke the record held by Carmelo Anthony, who hit eight of them in the 2014 All-Star Game in New Orleans. But it was Russell Westbrook winning his second straight All-Star Game MVP by finishing with 31 points, eight rebounds, five assists and five steals. He is the first back-to-back All-Star Game MVP since Bob Pettit in 1958 and 1959.

Nine players from the West scored in double figures with five getting at least 23 in the game. Stephen Curry scored 26, Anthony Davis had 24 and James Harden tied Kevin Durant with 23 each. Chris Paul's 16 assists tied for the fourth-most in an All-Star Game, and was six behind Magic Johnson's record of 22.

In the East, John Wall scored 22 points to support George's scoring, while seven players scored in double digits. Every player who participated in the game scored, which seems perfect considering the records set Sunday night. LeBron James finished with 13 points to move ahead of Kobe for the all-time All-Star scoring leader.

The 2017 All-Star Game will be hosted by the Charlotte Hornets.

Kobe Bryant scores 10 points with six boards and seven dimes in his final All-Star Game. (USATSI)
Kobe Bryant scores 10 points with six boards and seven dimes in his final All-Star Game. (USATSI)
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