Bryant, West hold on to win NBA All-Star game

BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer Published:

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Kobe Bryant took Michael Jordan's record, then nearly lost the game to LeBron James.

Bryant and the best of the West held off a furious East comeback, winning 152-149 in the NBA All-Star game on Sunday night.

Bryant scored 27 points, moving past Jordan as the career scoring leader in the game. MVP Kevin Durant had 36, and Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook finished with 21.

James and the East cut a 21-point deficit to one in the closing seconds, but weren't able to move in front. James had 36 points and fellow Heat star Dwyane Wade finished with a triple-double.