The All-Star game is made-to-order for Clippers' Paul

Mon Feb 18, 2013 2:22am EST
 

By Steve Ginsburg

HOUSTON (Reuters) - For a point guard like Chris Paul, the NBA All-Star game is made to order.

Everywhere he looks is someone who can put the ball in the basket. If he searches underneath, there is Blake Griffin. Out on the wing is Kevin Durant.

And if Durant is taking a breather, Paul is gazing at Kobe Bryant.

"You just want to play fast," Paul said after carving up the East with 20 points and 15 assists to win the Most Valuable Player Award in the annual All-Star game on Sunday.

"I like to throw the lob. I like to see guys hit threes. When we're out on the court with all that fire power, why wouldn't you want to make passes?

"You've got KD (Durant) filling one of the lanes, you've got Blake, Kobe on the wing. There's nothing like it."

Paul led the Western Conference to a 143-138 victory, hitting seven-of-10 shots from the floor to complement his pass-first game that had the East playing catch-up all night.

LeBron James, the high-scoring Miami forward who bagged 19 points in a losing effort, called Paul's performance "unbelievable".   Continued...

 
NBA All-Star Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers holds up the MVP trophy after the 2013 NBA All-Star basketball game in Houston, Texas, February 17, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson