The setup was at the 2001 NBA All-Star Game which played on February 11, 2001, at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C., home of the Washington Wizards.
In one of the greatest comebacks in All-Star Game history, the Eastern Conference stormed back from a 21-point deficit to the Western Conference in the game’s final nine minutes to claim a 111-110 victory. The game marked the first All-Star Game decided by a single point since 1977 when the West beat the East 125-124.
With a minute to go in the game, the West was leading 106-105 as Kobe Bryant, and Stephon Marbury got into a shootout. Kobe started first with a mid-range jumper which put the West up by 3. But Marbury came right back and drained a three to tie the game.
Kobe didn’t shy away from the ball as he went back on the other end and although being double teamed by Marbury and Iverson, he still got away as he scored another mid-range jumper, but this time over Mutombo. Marbury rushed to the other end and hit a tough three over Jason Kidd as the East took the 111-110 lead with 30 seconds to go.
The West called a timeout, but everybody knew the ball would end up in Kobe’s hands. As they started the play, Kobe got into the post on the right side getting ready to get a ball for an iso. He got the ball, as Duncan came for a pick he rushed to the middle of the floor for his signature mid-range jump shot but he pumps faked as Marbury and Mutombo went flying.
He dished it to Duncan in a point-blank range, but Vince Carter came to the rescue with the help defense as he impacted his shot and missed. The East would go into a celebration as they won 111-110 after erasing a 21 point deficit.
Sixers guard Allen Iverson took home MVP honors by scoring 15 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter as he weaved through the West’s much larger lineup. Kobe Bryant scored the most points for the West squad, scoring 19 points.