NBA All-Star Game: West 117, East 100 (end of third quarter)
The Lakers' Kobe Bryant and the Thunder's Kevin Durant have combined for 54 points to put the West All-Stars up by 17 points going into the final quarter Sunday at Staples Center.
But the East's deficit wasn't LeBron James' fault. The Heat star put on a show in the third quarter with nine points, three assists and five rebounds.
The Staples Center crowd became animated late in the quarter, hooting the quartet of Celtics All-Stars when they touched the ball. One fan mocked Rajon Rondo: "Shoot a jump shot Rondo!"
Miami's Dwyane Wade came up limping after a turnover seven minutes into the quarter and went to the bench.
Kevin Love of the Timberwolves is the only player who hasn't scored in the game.
Lakers point guard Derek Fisher, who has never been an All-Star, got a round of cheers when he was shown on the scoreboard screen during a timeout.
Photo: Lakers and West guard Kobe Bryant applies the defensive pressure on Heat and East forward LeBron James on Sunday in the NBA All-Star game at Staples Center. Credit: Danny Moloshok / Reuters