West continues All-Star winning streak behind MVP Chris Paul

Posted Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013  comments  Print Reprints
A

Have more to add? News tip? Tell us

HOUSTON -- Chris Paul, one of the smallest players on the court, came up big Sunday night at the Toyota Center to lead the West to a 143-138 victory over the East in the NBA's annual All-Star Game.

Paul scored 20 points, distributed 15 assists, produced four steals and won MVP honors in the West's third straight win in the world's largest playground game.

"All those great players I had an opportunity to play with -- it's an honor and a privilege," Paul said. "I've got the easy part. All I've got to do is get them the ball."

And Paul certainly got the ball to his teammates in a timely and meaningful fashion. At times, it looked like he was toying with the East, daring it to come and guard him.

East center Joakim Noah took the bait and found himself on the 6-foot Paul about 23 feet from the basket. All Paul did was drain a 3-pointer to put the West ahead 139-128 with 1:57 left.

All of that was wrapped around a pair of sequences when Kobe Bryant twice blocked jumpers by LeBron James. After Bryant's second block, Blake Griffin tossed the ball off the backboard and slammed down a thunderous dunk to give the West a 142-134 lead with 48 seconds remaining.

The first half had an Oklahoma flavor to it with the Thunder's Kevin Durant pouring in 19 of his 30 points on 8 of 12 shots, while former University of Oklahoma star Blake Griffin dazzled the crowd with 12 points.

Griffin, who plays for the Los Angeles Clippers, was 6 of 7 from the field in the first half, and all six of his baskets came via dunks. Griffin opened the game with back-to-back dunks and kept on hammering the basket all night long with a series of rim-rattling dunks.

The West collected 25 of its assists in the first half with Paul picking up nine of them. Early on, Paul drilled a 3-pointer and then hustled downcourt to steal a pass before he laid off a bounce pass to Bryant, who scored.

But as quickly as the fans were clapping for Paul's theatrics, Dwyane Wade engineered a bounce pass off the glass which James, who had 19 points, snagged in mid-flight and dunked.

Not to be outdone, Carmelo Anthony, who scored 26 points, executed his own alley-oop dunk, which James grabbed and took to the house.

A short time later, Bryant picked up a steal and fed Durant for a fast-break dunk. That was followed by an uncontested fast break dunk from James.

Then, for old times' sake, Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook was the recipient of an alley-oop dunk from Houston Rockets guard James Harden, who was his teammate the previous three seasons in Oklahoma City.

For the East, Indiana's Paul George connected on back-to-back baskets then negotiated a pass that led to a fast break dunk from Jrue Holiday. Paul followed that up with another alley-oop dunk to Griffin and a behind-the-back pass to Durant, who finished it off with another high-flying dunk.

Miami's Chris Bosh, who shot two airballs in the first quarter, heard a smattering of boos from the fans when he interrupted a possible classic moment. Paul and Griffin had a two-on-one break with only Bosh in the way of something spectacular.

Instead of letting Paul and Griffin have one of their Lob City moments, Bosh blocked out Griffin and allowed Paul an easy foray to the basket for a layup. Dwain Price, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @DwainPrice

Looking for comments?

We welcome your comments on this story, but please be civil. Do not use profanity, hate speech, threats, personal abuse or any device to draw undue attention. Our policy requires those wishing to post here to use their real identity.

Our commenting policy | Facebook commenting FAQ | Why Facebook?





Friday, November 28Full Scoreboard
No games today
Full Scoreboard
Friday, November 28Full Scoreboard
Chicago «109Final | Box
Boston102
Golden State 11/28 7:00 PM ET
Charlotte TV: CSN-BA, SPSO
New Orleans 11/28 7:30 PM ET
Atlanta TV: FSN-NO, SPSO
Milwaukee 11/28 7:30 PM ET
Detroit TV: FSN-WI, FSN-DET
Dallas 11/28 7:30 PM ET
Toronto TV: FSN-SW, TSN2
LA Clippers 11/28 8:00 PM ET
Houston TV: NBA TV, FSN-PT, ROOT-SW
Orlando 11/28 8:00 PM ET
Indiana TV: FSN-FL, FSN-IN
New York 11/28 8:00 PM ET
Oklahoma City TV: MSG, FSN-OK
Sacramento 11/28 8:30 PM ET
San Antonio TV: CSN-CA, FSN-SW
Phoenix 11/28 9:00 PM ET
Denver TV: FSN-AZ, Altitude
Memphis 11/28 10:00 PM ET
Portland TV: SPSO, CSN-NW
Minnesota 11/28 10:30 PM ET
LA Lakers TV: FSN-N, TWC SN
Full Scoreboard
Week 13Full Scoreboard
Thursday
Chicago17Final | Box
Detroit «34Gridiron Replay
Philadelphia «33Final | Box
Dallas10Gridiron Replay
Seattle «19Final | Box
San Francisco3Gridiron Replay
Sunday
San Diego 1:00 PM ET
Baltimore TV: CBS
Cleveland 1:00 PM ET
Buffalo TV: CBS
Tennessee 1:00 PM ET
Houston TV: CBS
Washington 1:00 PM ET
Indianapolis TV: FOX
NY Giants 1:00 PM ET
Jacksonville TV: FOX
Carolina 1:00 PM ET
Minnesota TV: FOX
New Orleans 1:00 PM ET
Pittsburgh TV: FOX
Oakland 1:00 PM ET
St. Louis TV: CBS
Cincinnati 1:00 PM ET
Tampa Bay TV: CBS
Arizona 4:05 PM ET
Atlanta TV: FOX
New England 4:25 PM ET
Green Bay TV: CBS
Denver 8:30 PM ET
Kansas City TV: NBC
Monday
Miami 8:30 PM ET
NY Jets TV: ESPN
Full Scoreboard
Friday, November 28Full Scoreboard
NY Rangers «3Final | Box
Philadelphia0
Chicago33rd Prd 9:09 | Box
Anaheim1TV: NHLN, SN, WGN, FSN-PT
NY Islanders22nd Prd 13:36 | Box
Washington2TV: MSG, CSN-DC
Winnipeg 11/28 7:00 PM ET
Boston TV: TVA Sports 2, TSN3, NESN
Montreal 11/28 7:00 PM ET
Buffalo TV: RDS, MSG-BUF
Detroit 11/28 7:00 PM ET
New Jersey TV: FSN-DET, MSG+
Carolina 11/28 7:00 PM ET
Pittsburgh TV: NHLN, FSN-CAR, ROOT-PIT
Vancouver 11/28 7:00 PM ET
Columbus TV: SN-PAC, FSN-OH
Ottawa 11/28 7:30 PM ET
Florida TV: RDS2, TSN5, FSN-FL
Edmonton 11/28 8:00 PM ET
St. Louis TV: SN-W, FSN-MW
Minnesota 11/28 8:30 PM ET
Dallas TV: FSN-N+, FSN-SW+
Full Scoreboard