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Thunder's Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant 'arrive' at All-Star Game

by Darnell Mayberry Published: February 20, 2011

In Bryant's final two minutes, he fired an errant bullet pass that nearly took out radiant halftime performer Rihanna and misfired on mid-range jumper on back-to-back trips.

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.”

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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