West 143, East 138 (final)
Who says there’s no defense in All-Star games?
In the play that sealed the West's 143-138 victory over the East on Sunday at Toyota Center in Houston, Kobe Bryant blocked LeBron James’ jump shot late in the fourth quarter, leading to a breakaway one-handed dunk for Kevin Durant.
As if to prove it wasn’t a fluke, Bryant blocked another shot by James, part of his all-around excellence on a night the Lakers guard finished with nine points, eight assists, four rebounds and the two blocks.
Chris Paul was even more spectacular for the West, finishing with 20 points, 15 assists and four steals on the way to being selected the game’s most valuable player.
Paul edged out teammate Durant, who scored 30 points to become the first player in All-Star history to score at least that many points in three consecutive games.
Carmelo Anthony had 26 points and 12 rebounds for the East.
West 108, East 104 (end of third quarter)
Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard are here, so of course there’s going to be drama.
Howard punctuated the move by holstering his hands in a move made famous by West teammate Russell Westrbrook. Howard pointed at Westbrook on the bench as he ran back on defense, but Howard wouldn’t remain in the game for long.
Popovich removed him at the next dead ball and Howard did not return before the end of the quarter.
West forward Kevin Durant continues to lead all scorers with 24 points. Chris Paul has 11 points and 13 assists for the West and Bryant has seven points and eight assists after taking only seven shots.
Dwyane Wade leads the East with 21 points.
Howard has nine points on four-of-six shooting.
West 69, East 65 (halftime)
Not to be outdone, Kobe Bryant took a pass from Paul later in the quarter and threw a touch alley-oop pass to Griffin for another dunk.
Paul and Bryant have been in full facilitator mode, with Paul collecting nine assists and Bryant amassing seven to help the West take a 69-65 halftime lead. Bryant has five points and has taken only five shots.