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Three Stars of the Night: Kobe, LeBron, Westbrook spark wins

Mar 4, 2013, 4:06 AM EDT

Kobe Bryant, DeShawn Stevenson AP

Some very familiar names on top of the three stars list to NBA fans tonight. Sorry to overlook Chandler Parsons dropping 32 out of the blue, or Carmelo Anthony getting 32 in a losing cause, or David West putting up an impressive 31 against the Bulls defense. But these guys had big games and sparked key wins.

Third Star: Russell Westbrook (29 points, 10 assists, 6 rebounds)

After Serge Ibaka punched Blake Griffin in the nuts (I still don’t see how Ibaka stayed in the game after that) and the Clippers got a seven-point play to take the lead with less than 2 minutes to go. That’s when Westbrook took over. He broke down the Clippers defense for a lay-up. He set up Serge Ibaka for the and-1. He knocked down the baseline jumper. He made sure his team won.

Second Star: LeBron James (29 points, 11 assists, 7 rebounds)

After a pretty quiet first half, LeBron put up a dozen in the fourth quarter to lead the Heat to a hard-fought win. (This on the heels of dropping 16 in the fourth quarter against the Grizzlies last Heat game.) More than just put up points LeBron does it all (5 rebounds 3 assists in fourth quarter). LeBron looked like the MVP on the big stage. In the last month he has made that award his again.

First Star: Kobe Bryant (34 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists)

The Lakers are back to .500 for the first time since just after Christmas and you can thank Kobe for that, as he played another game where he was key down the stretch with 11 in the final frame. That included a great play on the game-winning layup where he blew past Al Horford, got to the lane before Josh Smith could fully rotate, Kobe took the contact and made the play, Kobe has played with a desperate passion the past few weeks as he has led the Lakers back into the playoff hunt. This game was another example of that.

  1. dko83 - Mar 4, 2013 at 4:10 AM

    My favorite writing from Kurt all year: After Serge Ibaka punched Blake Griffin in the nuts… Still laughing. Didn’t see this game but I watched the video on the other article. Did the refs go to the monitor? Because that was blatant.

  2. nbascreed - Mar 4, 2013 at 6:39 AM

    JR Smith is an excellent scoring option off your bench but poor decision making option. This was the 3rd time he through that lazy cross-floor pass and the 2nd time James sat on it. Woodie should’ve had the ball in Felton’s hands or brought Melo off of downscreens.

    I guess LBJ’s putting all that KD, Mello MVP talk to rest eh?

  3. davidly - Mar 4, 2013 at 6:51 AM

    You can have Westbrook. I’ll take Tim Duncan and David West. The other two guys was jus’ doin’ there thang, you should establish another post-category for anybody that’s gonna be there as much as LBJ, or an addendum like, say, “Three Stars of the Night… and, oh yeah, here’s LeBron, too.”

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 4, 2013 at 9:52 AM

      Kind of like how Wheel of Fortune just gives you the letters RSTLN&E and then you can start picking?

  4. kb2408 - Mar 4, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    Kobe has elevated himself up the G.O.A.T. list this season. To play as well as he’s playing in his 17th season is remarkable. Even after all the injuries and mileage on his body, he’s still a force to be reckoned with.

    • frankiebooboo - Mar 4, 2013 at 9:52 AM

      Yay!!! He got his team up to .500

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