When all was said and done, the West held on for a 3 point victory over the East after being ahead by as many as 20 points in the final quarter. The East All Stars had pulled to within one point in the closing minute but were unable to snatch the game from the West, despite opportunities to do so.
Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant grabbed the MVP Award with his Thunder-ous 36 point effort. Had the East won, undoubtedly LeBron James, who led the ferocious comeback and also scored 36 points, would have been named MVP.
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The final score, West 152 East 149, set a new record for most total points scored in a game at 301. The 1st half scoring of 88 points by the West set an All Star Record, while the combined total of 157 tied the existing record.
As LeBron turned up the “Heat” on the West, he tied a record by scoring six from behind the arc. Teammate Dwyane Wade also tied a record by becoming one of only three players with a triple double All Star game performance (24 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists), joining James and Michael Jordan.
The biggest record to fall, however, was that of LA Lakers star Kobe Bryant breaking Michael Jordan’s all-time scoring mark, with his 27 point effort, bringing the Black Mamba to 271 total points in 13 appearances (20.84 average). He tied MJ with a free throw and broke the record with a dunk in the 3rd period.
All in all a very exciting game, especially the final 5 or 6 minutes when the defense really kicked in on both sides.
It was easy to see they each wanted the victory.
Over For Now.
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