The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

February 17, 2014

East gets by Durant, Griffin to win All-Star game

MVP Irving has 31 points, 14 assists


Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Eastern Conference finally stopped Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin — then stopped its losing streak at the NBA All-Star game.

Kyrie Irving had 31 points and 14 assists and was voted the game’s MVP, Carmelo Anthony made an All-Star record eight 3-pointers and scored 30 points, and the East rallied for a 163-155 victory over the West on Sunday night.

“It’s a great honor,” Irving said. “We had a few MVPs. Everyone out here today is an MVP.”

Durant and Griffin each finished with 38 points, four shy of Wilt Chamberlain’s All-Star game record. But the East scored the final 10 points to pull out a game it trailed by 18.

Irving scored 15 points in the fourth quarter as the East ended a three-game losing streak. LeBron James had 22 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

“The superstars of our league were just telling us to compete on every play,” Irving said. “Trying to play as much defense as possible. You know, sticking to our game plan. We had a game plan going in and we executed.”

Griffin shot 19 of 23, while Durant finished with 10 rebounds and six assists.

But the West was shut out after Durant’s 3-pointer gave it a 155-153 lead with 1:59 left. Indiana’s Paul George made three free throws, Anthony nailed his final 3-pointer, and James scored to make it 161-155. George closed it out with two more free throws and finished with 18 points.

The game that usually doesn’t get tight until the final minutes was close throughout the fourth quarter, neither team leading by more than four until the final minute.

Chris Paul had 11 points and 13 assists, and first-time All-Star Stephen Curry had 12 points and 11 assists for the West. But the best point guard on the floor was Irving, who shot 14 of 17 and helped the East ring up 87 points in the second half after it surrendered a record 89 in the first.  

In a colorful tribute to New Orleans, players wore sneakers and socks that ranged from green and blue to orange and purple, making the game look like a Mardi Gras parade.

The parade was one of layups and dunks for the West, which scored 44 points in the first quarter and 45 in the second. Griffin had 18 points in the first quarter and Durant had 22 at halftime, both two shy of records set by Glen Rice in 1997.

And there was plenty of music, the rosters and starting lineups introduced around a concert by Pharrell Williams, who was joined by his own All-Stars in Nelly, Busta Rhymes, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Snoop Dogg.

Magic Johnson led a band, too, encouraging the All-Stars to join him in singing “Happy Birthday” after the first quarter to Hall of Famer Bill Russell, the NBA’s greatest champion who was celebrating his 80th.

The All-Stars played better than they sang.

The East finished with 61 percent shooting, needing all sorts of offense after it simply couldn’t defend Durant and Griffin.

Durant made 6 3-pointers and easily blew past the 28.8 points he had been averaging in All-Star games, which was an NBA record.

Outside of the ugly sleeved jerseys, it was a good look for the NBA’s midseason showcase, bouncing back strongly from an even All-Star Saturday night.

The new format of the slam dunk contest Saturday wasn’t a hit, but every night is a dunk contest when Griffin is involved.

The guy who once jumped over a car to win a slam dunk contest had eight slams in the first 11 minutes, the backboard often barely finished shaking from the last one when he threw down the next.  

The West began to open a gap in the second quarter behind a hometown star and a former one — Anthony Davis of the Pelicans for former New Orleans guard Paul. Durant made a 3-pointer with 26 seconds left to make it 89-76 at the break, one point better than he and the West had two years ago in Orlando.

Durant and Griffin each had 30 points by the end of the third quarter, but the East trimmed what was a West 18-point lead to 126-123 after three.

 

EAST ALL-STARS (163)

George 6-13 5-5 18, Anthony 10-18 2-2 30, James 11-22 0-0 22,  Irving 14-17 0-0 31, Wade 5-6 0-0 10, Hibbert 4-5 0-0 8, Bosh 2-3 0-0 5,  DeRozan 4-7 0-0 8, Wall 5-7 2-2 12, Millsap 3-5 0-0 6,  Johnson 2-7 0-0 5, Noah 4-5 0-0 8. Totals 70-115 9-9 163.

WEST ALL-STARS (155)

Durant 14-27 4-4 38, Griffin 19-23 0-0 38, Love 5-11 1-4 13,  Curry 4-14 2-2 12, Harden 3-7 0-0 8, Paul 4-9 2-2 11, Parker 2-5 0-0 4,  Nowitzki 0-2 0-0 0, Howard 4-6 0-0 8, Aldridge 2-9 0-0 4,  Davis 5-6 0-0 10, Lillard 3-8 0-0 9. Totals 65-127 9-12 155.

East All-Stars    42    34    47    40    —    163

West All-Stars    44    45    37    29    —    155



3-Point Goals—East All-Stars 14-44 (Anthony 8-13, Irving 3-6, Bosh  1-2, George 1-5, Johnson 1-6, Wall 0-1, Hibbert 0-1, DeRozan 0-1,  Millsap 0-2, James 0-7), West All-Stars 16-56 (Durant 6-17, Lillard 3-6,  Harden 2-6, Love 2-7, Curry 2-11, Paul 1-4, Nowitzki 0-1, Griffin 0-2,  Howard 0-2). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—East All-Stars 48 (James 7), West  All-Stars 62 (Howard 11). Assists—East All-Stars 46 (Irving 14), West  All-Stars 42 (Paul 13). Total Fouls—East All-Stars 13, West All-Stars 8.  A—14,727 (17,188).

NBA All-Star Game MVPs

2014 — Kyrie Irving, Cleveland

2013 — Chris Paul, LA Clippers

2012 — Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City

2011 — Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers

2010 — Dwyane Wade, Miami

2009 — Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers; and Shaquille O’Neal, Phoenix

2008 — LeBron James, Cleveland

2007 — Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers

2006 — LeBron James, Cleveland

2005 — Allen Iverson, Philadelphia

2004 — Shaquille O’Neal, LA Lakers

2003 — Kevin Garnett, Minnesota

2002 — Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers

2001 — Allen Iverson, Philadelphia

2000 — Tim Duncan, San Antonio; and Shaquille O’Neal, LA Lakers

1999 — No game.

1998 — Michael Jordan, Chicago

1997 — Glen Rice, Charlotte

1996 — Michael Jordan, Chicago

1995 — Mitch Richmond, Sacramento

1994 — Scottie Pippen, Chicago

1993 — Karl Malone and John Stockton, Utah

1992 — Magic Johnson, LA Lakers

1991 — Charles Barkley, Philadelphia

1990 — Magic Johnson, LA Lakers

1989 — Karl Malone, Utah

1988 — Michael Jordan, Chicago

1987 — Tom Chambers, Seattle

1986 — Isiah Thomas, Detroit

1985 — Ralph Sampson, Houston

1984 — Isiah Thomas, Detroit

1983 — Julius Erving, Philadelphia

1982 — Larry Bird, Boston

1981 — Tiny Archibald, Boston

1980 — George Gervin, San Antonio

1979 — David Thompson, Denver

1978 — Randy Smith, Buffalo

1977 — Julius Erving, Philadelphia

1976 — Dave Bing, Detroit

1975 — Walt Frazier, New York

1974 — Bob Lanier, Detroit

1973 — Dave Cowens, Boston

1972 — Jerry West, Los Angeles

1971 — Lenny Wilkens, Seattle

1970 — Willis Reed, New York

1969 — Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati

1968 — Hal Greer, Philadelphia

1967 — Rick Barry, San Francisco

1966 — Adrian Smith, Cincinnati

1965 — Jerry Lucas, Cincinnati

1964 — Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati

1963 — Bill Russell, Boston

1962 — Bob Pettit, St. Louis

1961 — Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati

1960 — Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia

1959 — Elgin Baylor, Minneapolis; and Bob Pettit, St. Louis

1958 — Bob Pettit, St. Louis

1957 — Bob Cousy, Boston

1956 — Bob Pettit, St. Louis

1955 — Bill Sharman, Boston

1954 — Bob Cousy, Boston

1953 — George Mikan, Minneapolis

1952 — Paul Arzin, Philadelphia

1951 — Ed Macauley, Boston



NBA All-Star Game Results

2014—East 163, West 155

2013—West 143, East 138

2012—West 152, East 149

2011—West 148, East 143

2010—East 141, West 139

2009—West 146, East 119

2008—East 134, West 128

2007—West 153, East 132

2006—East 122, West 120

2005—East 125, West 115

2004—West 136, East 132

2003—West 155, East 145, 2OT

2002—West 135, East 120

2001—East 111, West 110

2000—West 137, East 126

1999—No game.

1998—East 135, West 114

1997—East 132, West 120

1996—East 129, West 118

1995—West 139, East 112

1994—East 127, West 118

1993—West 135, East 132, OT

1992—West 153, East 113

1991—East 116, West 114

1990—East 130, West 113

1989—West 143, East 134

1988—East 138, West 133

1987—West 154, East 149, OT

1986—East 139, West 132

1985—West 140, East 129

1984—East 154, West 145, OT

1983—East 132, West 123

1982—East 120, West 118

1981—East 123, West 120

1980—East 144, West 136, OT

1979—West 134, East 129

1978—East 133, West 125

1977—West 125, East 124

1976—East 123, West 109

1975—East 108, West 102

1974—West 134, East 123

1973—East 104, West 84

1972—West 112, East 110

1971—West 108, East 107

1970—East 142, West 135

1969—East 123, West 112

1968—East 144, West 124

1967—West 135, East 120

1966—East 137, West 94

1965—East 124, West 123

1964—East 111, West 107

1963—East 115, West 108

1962—West 150, East 130

1961—West 153, East 131

1960—East 125, West 115

1959—West 124, East 108

1958—East 130, West 118

1957—East 109, West 97

1956—West 108, East 94

1955—East 100, West 91

1954—East 98, West 93, OT

1953—West 79, East 75

1952—East 108, West 91

1951—East 111, West 94