Defense, schmefense; East 163, West 155 in NBA All-Star game

NBA All-Star Game

Credit: Derick Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Western Conference forward Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks shoots the ball during the 2014 NBA All-Star Game at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on February 16, 2014. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

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by BRIAN MAHONEY

Associated Press

Posted on February 16, 2014 at 11:43 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 17 at 1:11 AM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Eastern Conference finally stopped Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin — then stopped their losing streak at the NBA All-Star game.

Kyrie Irving had 31 points and 14 assists and was voted the game's MVP, Carmelo Anthony made an All-Star record eight 3-pointers and scored 30 points, and the East rallied for a 163-155 victory over the West on Sunday night.

"It's a great honor," Irving said. "We had a few MVPs. Everyone out here today is an MVP."

Durant and Griffin each finished with 38 points, four shy of Wilt Chamberlain's All-Star game record. But the East scored the final 10 points to pull out a game it trailed by 18.

Irving scored 15 points in the fourth quarter as the East ended a three-game losing streak. LeBron James had 22 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

"The superstars of our league were just telling us to compete on every play," Irving said. "Trying to play as much defense as possible. You know, sticking to our game plan. We had a game plan going in and we executed."

Griffin shot 19 of 23, while Durant finished with 10 rebounds and six assists.

But the West was shut out after Durant's 3-pointer gave it a 155-153 lead with 1:59 left. Indiana's Paul George made three free throws, Anthony nailed his final 3-pointer, and James scored to make it 161-155. George closed it out with two more free throws and finished with 18 points.

The Mavericks' only representative at the All-Star game, Dirk Nowitzki, had a chance to make two shots and missed both of them.

 

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