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NBA All-Star Game: West 21, East 10 (midway through first quarter)

February 20, 2011 |  5:59 pm

All-stars2_250 Kobe Bryant got the Staples Center crowd going about three minutes into the game when he threw down a reverse after driving the baseline for the West team and later hit a three-pointer.

Bryant leads the West team with nine points.

The other big crowd pleaser early was a Dwight Howard dunk off an alley-oop pass from East teammate Amare Stoudemire, who caught a pass in mid-air and lobbed it to Howard. Stoudemire also dunked for the game's first score and added another in transition.

There were a few boos when the East's LeBron James shot free throws.

The pace was leisurely with, as usual, virtually no defense in an All-Star game.

When East Coach Doc Rivers sent in his four Celtics All-Stars --  Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce -- at the same time there were thunderous boos. A moment later Allen shot an air ball from three-point range that triggered another wave of boos.

--Barry Stavro

Photo: Lakers and West power forward Pau Gasol dunks over Magic and East center Dwight Howard in the first half Sunday at Staples Center. Credit: Jae C. Hong / Associated Press