NBA All Star Game: West edges East 152-149 in exciting fashion
The 1st quarter was a highlight in itself, fastbreak dunks and alley oops all over the place.
The West wanted this game and it showed throughout; the East was laidback until the final quarter of play.
The West scored an All Star Game high 88 points by halftime; both teams also combined for a historic 157 points at half (East had 69).
Both teams were raining threes in the 3rd quarter; the East stormed back from 21 down to make it a game in the 4th quarter.
This All Star Game compiled 73 assists, 87 fastbreak points, and 26 threes.
Chris Paul and Blake Griffin brought Lob City to center stage; no one can throw alley oops like CP3, while Griffin finished the game with a tip dunk and a free throw.
Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook had their moments; Andre Iguodala finished strong.
Steve Nash flashed his passing skills and Tony Parker did his thing for a little bit.
Dirk Nowitzki hit a few timely jumpers; Kevin Love mad his presence felt on both sides of the floor.
Carmelo Anthony did damage in the 1st half; Deron Williams carried a load in the 2nd half, although he missed a 3-pointer on a designed play at the end.
Dwight Howard nearly got a double-double; Andrew Bynum only played 6 minutes because of a routine knee procedure he had done on Friday.
Dwayne Wade became the third player in All Star Game history to record a triple double (24 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists); he missed the final 3-point shot in the corner as time expired.
Kobe Bryant went to work early and often; his 27 points surpassed Michael Jordan for most points in All Star Game history.
LeBron James dominated the 4th quarter resulting in 36 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds; he hit 6 threes but threw a turnover in the clutch that will further question his ability to finish.
Kevin Durant continues to build an impressive resume. He led the West with 36 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals, and MVP honors.