Afterward, Bryant claimed he wasn't seeking MVP honors and the headlines in what certainly will be his final All-Star Game in L.A.
“I've been there,” Bryant said. “I had my time. It's not about that for me at this point in my career…It's very important for the game to continue to have young stars emerge.”
Durant and Westbrook proved they're ready to answer the call and showed the game is in good shape.
“For (Russell) to come out and play the way he played, I felt proud,” Durant said. “Hopefully this is the first of many more…I'm sure you'll see Russell in the starting lineup in this All-Star game in a few years.”
Westbrook was all smiles afterward.
“It was a great feeling,” Westbrook said. “It was fun to be back at home in front of my family. I had a good time.”