NBA All-Star Game 2016 Breaks Record for Most Points Scored

Daniel KramerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 14, 2016

Feb 14, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Western Conference forward Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers (24) shoots over Eastern Conference player Carmelo Anthony (7) in the first half of the NBA All Star Game at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
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The 2016 NBA All-Star Game dished out a shootout on Sunday, setting the record for most combined points with 369, according to ESPN Stats & Info. That total surpassed the previous high marks of 321 and 318 set in 2015 and 2014, respectively.

The West defeated the East 196-173.

Here is a look at some of the top scorers:

2016 NBA All-Star Game
West PlayerPointsEast PlayerPoints
Russell Westbrook31Paul George41
Stephen Curry26John Wall22
Anthony Davis24DeMar DeRozan18

Paul George set an All-Star Game record with nine three-pointers, per ESPN Stats & Info. He finished with 41 points, just one point shy of Wilt Chamberlain's record set in 1962, per SportsCenter's Twitter account.

Western Conference head coach Gregg Popovich was incredibly impressed with George's performance in his first season back after suffering a gruesome leg injury:

Russell Westbrook, however, was named MVP, becoming the first player ever to individually win the honors in consecutive All-Star Games, per 120 Sports:

The West broke a more dated record with its performance in the second quarter, per

And its 92 points were the most by a team in a first half as well, per Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle

Chris Paul did his part with a game-high nine assists in the first half, which put him well on his way to exceeding his average of 12.9 per All-Star Game in his previous nine appearances, per He ended the night with 16 assists.

As ESPN noted on Twitter, the defensive efforts weren’t on prominent display:

Here is a look at George driving the lane completely uncontested, courtesy of the NBA:

George had 14 points in the first quarter for the East and was 4-of-7 from downtown. 

One of the few defensive highlights came from Kobe Bryant, who surpassed Michael Jordan with his 38th career All-Star Game steal, per ESPN Stats & Info.

The All-Star Game is every bit an exhibition with the loose style of play and general lack of defensive effort. It’s still fun, though, to see the superstars light up the scoreboard.