The Western Conference won the National Basketball Association’s All-Star Game for the third straight year, defeating the East 143-138 behind a game-high 30 points from Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Point guard Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers added 20 points and 15 assists for the West in winning the All-Star Game’s Most Valuable Player award last night in Houston. Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas were the only other players in NBA history to record 20 points and 15 assists in an All-Star Game.
“All these great players I had an opportunity to play with, it’s an honor and privilege,” Paul said in the post-game award ceremony at the Toyota Center.
Blake Griffin of the Clippers scored 19 points for the West, which has won four of the past five All-Star Games, while James Harden of the Houston Rockets had 15 points and Russell Westbrook of the Thunder chipped in with 14.
Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, the all-time leading scorer in All-Star history, finished with nine points and eight assists for the winning team. The players from the Western Conference squad each got $35,000 for the win.
Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks had 26 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Eastern Conference. Dwyane Wade added 21 points while Miami Heat teammate LeBron James had 19 points and Paul George of the Indiana Pacers scored 17 for the East.
James hit 7-of-18 shots -- 39 percent -- after shooting under 40 percent in only one game during the first half of the regular season, according to ESPN.