The Clippers biggest star shone brightest in Texas Sunday night.
Chris Paul was named the game's Most Valuable Player as he orchestrated the Western Conference to a 143-138 win over the Eastern Conference in the NBA All-Star Game at the Toyota Center.
"Pretty special. Pretty special," Paul said of the award. "It's something I've never done, and it's something that I definitely, coming into the game, wasn't trying to achieve or thinking that it might even be possible."
Paul starred as he showed off his supreme dribbling and passing skills on his way to a double-double with 20 points and 15 assists.
"He's always looking to pass," Clippers forward Blake Griffin said of his teammate. "This is like his dream right here, having scorers everywhere. He makes the game fun."
Flanked by players like Griffin, Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant, the Lakers' Kobe Bryant and Houston's James Harden down the stretch, Paul made the right decision each time down the floor.
"He deserved it," Durant, the 2012 All-Star MVP, said. "He had great passes, making steals, making big buckets. He played a hell of a game and congratulations to him. It was a pleasure playing with him."
Paul cemented his place as a great player Sunday, but he also showed his teammates why he's so fun to be on the court with.
"Oh man. You'll love him just to play with him period," Memphis forward Zach Randolph said. "His I.Q., his ball-handling, how he gets players involved – the guy had 15 assists. You love to play with a point guard like that."
Paul even scored, albeit reluctantly, Sunday.
"Most of the time, I was wide open," Paul said. "...The other ones, the shot clock was running down. I was almost forced to shoot a couple of times."
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