East rally to win record-setting All-Star game
(Reuters) - Kyrie Irving and Carmelo Anthony set aside the unrest with their respective teams and put on a dazzling show that vaulted the Eastern Conference to a 163-155 comeback win over the West in the highest scoring NBA All Star game ever on Sunday.
Irving scored 15 of his team-high 31 points during the back-and-forth fourth quarter duel and added 14 assists to seize MVP honors at the showcase in New Orleans.
"It's a great honor," Irving told reporters after making 14 of 17 shots and helping the East end a stretch of three straight defeats to the West.
"We had a few MVPs. Everyone out here today is an MVP."
Anthony added 30 and made an All Star record eight three-pointers, including a crucial one that gave the East a four-point lead with 1:04 remaining.
The East side trailed by 18 late in the third quarter, but rallied to light up the scoreboard in record-breaking fashion.
Their final total set a new mark while the combined score of both teams was also a record.
For Western Conference, Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin fired off 38 points apiece and shone bright as anyone with flamboyant dunks and long-range three-pointers.
"It's an All-Star Game, and not a whole lot of defense is being played," Blake said. "This game is for the fans to put on a show and just have fun with it." Continued...