NEW ORLEANS – The Jap Convention lastly stopped Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin – then stopped its shedding streak on the NBA All-Star Game.
Kyrie Irving had 31 points and 14 assists and was voted the game’s MVP, Carmelo Anthony made a file eight three-pointers and scored 30 factors, and the East rallied for a 163-a hundred and fifty five victory over the West on Sunday night within the highest-scoring All-Star Sport ever.
“It is an ideal honor,” Irving said. “We had a couple of MVPs. Everybody out right here at the moment is an MVP.”
Durant and Griffin each completed with 38 points, 4 shy of Wilt Chamberlain’s All-Star Game file. But the East scored the final 10 points to tug out a game it trailed by 18.
“We wished it,” LeBron James mentioned. “I have been part of the last three and in defeat.”
Irving scored 15 factors within the fourth quarter because the East ended a 3-sport shedding streak. James had 22 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
“The superstars of our league were just telling us to compete on each play,” Irving mentioned. “Attempting to play as a lot defense as attainable. You know, sticking to our recreation plan. We had a recreation plan stepping into and we executed.”
The 318 factors broke the report of 303 set in 1987.
Griffin shot 19 of 23, while Durant completed with 10 rebounds and 6 assists.
However the West was shut out after Durant’s three-pointer gave it a a hundred and fifty five-153 lead with 1:fifty nine left. Indiana’s Paul George made three free throws, Anthony nailed his final three-pointer, and James scored to make it 161-155. George closed it out with two more free throws and finished with 18 factors.
The sport that usually would not get tight till the ultimate minutes was close all through the fourth quarter, neither group leading by greater than 4 till the ultimate minute.
Chris Paul had 11 factors and thirteen assists, and first-time All-Star Stephen Curry had 12 points and 11 assists for the West. However the perfect level guard on the ground was Irving, who shot 14 of 17 and helped the East ring up 87 factors within the second half after it surrendered a file 89 within the first.
In a colorful tribute to New Orleans, gamers wore sneakers and socks that ranged from green and blue to orange and purple, making the sport look like a Mardi Gras parade.
The parade was one in every of layups and dunks for the West, which scored 44 points within the first quarter and 45 in the second. Griffin had 18 factors in the first quarter and Durant had 22 at halftime, each two shy of information set by Glen Rice in 1997.
And there was plenty of music, the rosters and beginning lineups introduced round a live performance by Pharrell Williams, who was joined by his personal All-Stars in Nelly, Busta Rhymes, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Snoop Dogg.
Magic Johnson led a band, too, encouraging the All-Stars to hitch him in singing Comfortable Birthday after the first quarter to Hall of Famer Invoice Russell, the NBA’s greatest champion who was celebrating his eightieth.
The All-Stars played better than they sang.
The East finished with 61 percent shooting, needing all sorts of offense after it merely could not defend Durant and Griffin.
Durant made 6 three-pointers and easily blew previous the 28.eight factors he had been averaging in All-Star Games, which was an NBA document.
Exterior of the ugly sleeved jerseys, it was a good search for the NBA’s midseason showcase, bouncing back strongly from an uneven All-Star Saturday evening.
The new format of the slam dunk contest Saturday wasn’t a hit, but each night is a dunk contest when Griffin is involved.
The guy who as soon as jumped over a automobile to win a slam dunk contest had eight slams in the first eleven minutes, the backboard often barely completed shaking from the final one when he threw down the following.
The West started to open a spot within the second quarter behind a hometown star and a former one – Anthony Davis of the Pelicans and ex-New Orleans guard Paul. Durant made a three-pointer with 26 seconds left to make it 89-seventy six at the break, one level better than he and the West had two years ago in Orlando.
Durant and Griffin each had 30 factors by the top of the third quarter, however the East trimmed what was a West 18-point lead to 126-123 after three.
James Harden began for the West in place of Kobe Bryant, who was elected by the fans however was knocked out by a damaged left knee. Bryant said earlier than the sport his restoration is “coming slowly” however hopes to be again in another All-Star Game.
With Bryant sitting out and longtime regulars Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett not chosen, it was an opportunity for the younger guys to make their mark. The rosters have been loaded with gamers 25 and younger, together with first-time starters George, Irving, Stephen Curry and Kevin Love.
The All-Star newcomers also included official Violet Palmer, who became the primary feminine to referee a major US sports league’s All-Star Game.