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2011 NBA All-Star Game: Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant Lead West To 76-64 Lead Over East At Half

It's the Kobe and Kevin Show at the 2011 NBA All-Star Game.

Kobe Bryant has 21 and Kevin Durant added 15 to lead the West in the 60th incantation of the All-Star Game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Atlanta Hawks Joe Johnson and Al Horford have six and two points respectively for the Eastern Conference. Johnson and Horford have been used sparingly by Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, who has relied more on the East's starting five, Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat and Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen of the Celtics.

"We want to win," Bryant told TNT's Craig Sager at the break. "We want to prove the West is stronger. We can do that by winning the game."

Bosh has 12 points and Amare Stoudemire and Dwyane Wade poured in 10 each for the East, which has commited 10 turnovers in a defensively-challenged affair.

The East shot 50-percent (26-for-52) in the first half, while the West converted on just 47-percent (32-for-68) of its chances. But the West holds a 32-24 advantage on the glass and is +6 in turnover differential, which has allowed them to take 16 more shots.

Pau Gasol has 12 points for a Western squad that is just 2-for-14 from behind the 3-point arc.

Bring on Rihanna for the half-time show!

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.