Westbrook leads West to All-Star victory

Mon Feb 16, 2015 12:24am EST
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Russell Westbrook exploded for 41 points to lead the Western Conference to a 163-158 victory over the East in the 64th NBA All-Star Game on Sunday.

The Oklahoma City Thunder guard showed off his dazzling athleticism with a series high-flying dunks, once slamming home an alley-oop pass from Chris Paul with his head above the rim.

Having set a first half scoring record with 27 points in just over 11 minutes, Westbrook went on to hit 16 of 28 shots -- including five three-pointers -- and added three steals as he was named the game's MVP.

Westbrook came within one point of the All-Star record 42 points scored by Wilt Chamberlain in 1962 and finished one point better than Michael Jordan's 40 scored in the 1988 game.

"It's definitely an honor to be grouped with those two guys, especially in an All-Star Game," said Westbrook. "We were just trying to win the game and close it out."

Leading the way for the East was four-time NBA most valuable player LeBron James, who posted 30 points.

James praised the talented Westbrook.

"He's unbelievable," the Cleveland Cavaliers forward said. "He's an unbelievable talent in our league. His motor, his athleticism, his demeanor about how he approaches the game, it's all great. It's great for our league."   Continued...

February 15, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Western Conference guard Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder (0) wins the MVP trophy after the 2015 NBA All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden. The West defeated the East 163-158. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports