the western conference all-stars defeated the eastern conference all-stars 152-149 at the amway center in orlando, florida. the two teams scored 301 points, setting a record for most points in an all-star game. the west led 88-69 at halftime, setting a record for most points by a team at halftime. kevin durant of the oklahoma city thunder was named most valuable player. durant finished with 36 points, seven rebounds, three assists & three steals.
the west thoroughly dominated the game until midway through the third quarter when reigning mvp derrick rose & two-time all-star mvp lebron james got hot. but in the fourth quarter the west rebuilt a 20 point lead with less than eight minutes to go. james & nets guard deron williams hit a couple of three-point field goals in a short span. james set an all-star record with six three-pointers in the game.
james' miami heat teammate, dwayne wade, became the third player in all-star history to record a triple double. the other two players? michael jordan & lebron james. wade had 24 points, 10 rebounds & 10 assists. but with his team down by one, he missed a breakaway layup (on a pass from james) with less than 90 seconds to go. also, both teams combined for 24 three-point field goals: another all-star record.
kobe bryant scored 27 points for the west. bryant set a record for most points in all-star game history with 271. the previous record was held by michael jordan with 262. jordan is majority owner of the charlotte bobcats, who own the worst record in the league. charlotte lost 16 consecutive games this year. the nba lost 16 games this year due to the lockout.
nba all-star saturday night produced other winners as well...
shootings stars: allan houston, landry fields & cappie poindexter, new york.
skills challenge: tony parker, san antonio spurs.
three-point contest: kevin love, minnesota timberwolves.
slam dunk contest: jeremy evans, utah jazz.
- mark j. tuggle
- harlem, usa
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