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.
Blake Griffin had 19 points for the West and Dwight Howard had nine points and seven rebounds in only 14 minutes, resting for most of the second half because of the torn labrum in his shoulder.
West beats East 143-138, Paul MVP
Los Angeles Times | Feb 18