Durant leads West over East in All-Star game

Mon Feb 18, 2013 1:41am EST
 
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By Steve Ginsburg

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin provided a potent mix of outside shooting and inside dominance to lift the Western Conference to a 143-138 victory over the Eastern Conference in the NBA All-Star game on Sunday.

Durant scored 30 points and Griffin added 19, on nine-of-11 shooting, but the Most Valuable Player Award went to Chris Paul, who scored 20 points and added 15 assists for the West.

Paul told Durant, the NBA's leading scorer and last year's All-Star game MVP, to expect to see the ball in his hands.

"I told KD early in the first quarter, 'Man, if they score anything, you run. I'll get you the ball, you score. I want to be the one to give it to you,'" recalled the Los Angeles Clippers guard.

"In games like this it's so up‑tempo and fast paced, a guy like me that's a facilitator, I enjoy it."

Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks paced the East with 26 points, followed by Miami guard Dwyane Wade, who had 21, and LeBron James, who added 19.

Durant hit 13-of-24 shots to lead the West to a third straight victory in the annual showcase that features little defense, a lot of dunks, and plenty of assists for anyone who decides to pass.

"I'm just out there having fun," Oklahoma City forward Durant said. "I played a lot of street basketball. I played a lot of celebrity games.   Continued...

 
NBA All-Star Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma Thunder (35) drives the ball past All-Star Paul George of the Indianapolis Pacers during the NBA All-Star basketball game in Houston, Texas, February 17, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson