The Western Conference All-Stars made it three straight victories, knocking off the Eastern Conference by a final score of 143-138 in the 2013 NBA All-Star Game.
Chris Paul took home MVP honors, thanks to 20 points and 15 assists on 7-of-10 shooting. CP3 was at the center of the West's high-flying attack, setting up teammates in the halfcourt and on the break. Paul's unselfishness very nearly cost him the MVP, though, as many of his passes led to buckets by the game's leading scorer, Kevin Durant.
KD finished with 30, becoming the first player to log at least that many point in three straight All-Star games.
Carmelo Anthony led the East with 26 points, but he wasn't close to being the top storyline on his team.
Joakim Noah stood out by playing as if he were in Game 7 of the Finals, bearing down on D and getting after it on the glass.
In addition to Noah, LeBron James (and particularly his late-game battle against Kobe Bryant) stole the show. Bryant made things personal down the stretch, guarding James and even blocking his shot twice.
Apparently, Michael Jordan's recent comment that he'd take Kobe over LeBron motivated a little personal battle in what was an otherwise friendly exhibition.
The 62nd NBA All-Star Game is in the books, and it was just as full of highlights and intrigue as expected. The season's second half will certainly have a lot to live up to now.
Final Score: West 143, East 138
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