The West jumped out to a 7-0 lead, but the East got back on track and made it a 31-26 game after one quarter.
The East continued to look better in the second quarter, as strong play by James, Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Kyrie Irving continued to narrow the deficit. The West led through 24 minutes of action, 69-65.
Irving showed off his moves by splitting the defense and finishing strong in the second quarter:
Through one half, the West was shooting 56 percent, while the East was shooting "only" 49 percent. The East countered the disadvantage with 10 offensive rebounds in the first half (three by Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah).
Both teams were neck-and-neck in the third quarter, as each scored 39 points in the period, and the West clung to a four-point lead heading into the final 12 minutes behind strong team play. Wade gave the East a boost with nine points in the frame.
But the West took control of the game down the stretch, scoring seven unanswered points before the East took a timeout with 2:32 remaining in the contest. The final two points of that run were sparked by Kobe Bryant's block of James, leading to a fast-break dunk for Kevin Durant.
Chris Paul finished with 20 points, 15 assists and four steals.
Durant finished with a game-high 30 points on 13-of-24 shooting to go along with six rebounds and two steals.
Six different West players scored in double digits, as the West shot 55 percent from the field. The West scored 27 points on 20 East turnovers.
When recording artist Ne-Yo took to the stage while the West roster was being announced, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News joined many in expressing their disapproval:
Jeez. Half the West roster is going to die of natural causes before they get around to introducing it.— Jeff McDonald (@JMcDonald_SAEN) February 18, 2013
NBA writer Noam Schiller took a shot at Dwight Howard's dancing "skills" before the game:
You can see Dwight's back is hurt because he only danced with his arms. #amidoingthisright— Noam Schiller (@noamschiller) February 18, 2013
Bleacher Report's own Gabe Zaldivar joined in on the D12 thrashing:
Dwight and Kobe might get a win tonight. nice.— Gabe Zaldivar(@gabezal) February 18, 2013
And while NBA All-Star Weekend is supposed to be all about the fans, they may have a hard time relating to the stars out on the court after this tweet by sports business reporter Darren Rovell:
East All-Star starters will make $84,031,532 this season. West All-Star starters will make $89,665,386 this season.— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) February 18, 2013
Not Bill Walton reflected some people's belief that LeBron James gets star treatment:
LeBron even draws "fouls" in the all-star game. Wow, David Stern has these refs trained well. #iamappalled— Not Bill Walton (@NotBillWalton) February 18, 2013
Chris Bosh never seems to escape the public's wrath. After the Miami Heat big man shot his second air ball of the game, Derek Schultz of 1260 WNDE Indianapolis was blunt:
Nobody is watching to see Chris Bosh shoot.Stop.— Derek Schultz (@Schultz1260) February 18, 2013
Early in the second quarter, Marcus Thompson, who covers the Golden State Warriors for Bay Area News Group, detected some bias with power forward David Lee still not in the game:
Only one West All-Star has yet to play. Warriors fans, guess which one— Marcus Thompson (@gswscribe) February 18, 2013
LeBron James set an All-Star Game record on Sunday night, passing teammate Ray Allen in the process, per ESPN Stats & Info:
LeBron James has set the record for most career All-Star Game 3-pointers, breaking Ray Allen's record of 22.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 18, 2013
On the other hand, Kevin Durant broke one of LeBron's All-Star Game records on the same night, as ESPN Stats & Info noted:
Via @eliassports Kevin Durant (24 pts) has 109 pts in his first 4 All-Star Games-- that's the most of anyone in their first 4 (LeBron: 97)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 18, 2013
Durant also added this little nugget, via Thunder Stats & Info
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