Paul earns MVP, West tops East at All-Star Game

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Updated: February 18, 2013

Not only are the Clippers the best team in Los
Angeles, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin showcased in front of the world why
they could be the best in the entire league.

Paul tallied 20 points and 15 assists, many of which went to Griffin for a
plethora of highlight-reel dunks, in the West’s 143-138 win over the East in
the 62nd edition of the NBA All-Star Game.

Paul, who became the first Clipper to win the game’s MVP, became the third
player in All-Star Game history to record at least 20 points and 15 assists in
the contest. Isiah Thomas did it in 1984, while Magic Johnson accomplished the
feat in 1985.

Griffin finished with 19 points on nine field goals — all dunks –, for the
West, which won its third straight All-Star Game and fourth in the past five
seasons.

Michael Jordan’s comments earlier in the week, in which he stated that he’d
take Kobe Bryant over LeBron James, fueled a mini one-on-one battle down the
stretch between the superstars.

Bryant got the better of the matchup as he blocked James twice, once on a
pull-up jumper at the top of the key and the other on James’ driving layup
along the left baseline.

Kevin Durant picked up right where he left off in Los Angeles and Orlando,
tallying 30 points and becoming the first player to net at least 30 in three
consecutive years.

Carmelo Anthony led the East with 26 points and 12 rebounds, while James ended
with 19 points, but on just 7-of-18 shooting, after becoming the first player
in NBA history to score at least 30 points on 60-plus percent shooting in six
straight tilts.

No one may have had a better All-Star Weekend than Kyrie Irving. He had 32
points in the Rising Stars Challenge, won the 3-Point Shootout on Saturday
night after making 17 of his first 18 shots in the final round before
finishing with 23, and registered 15 points in his first All-Star Game.

Out of the six first-time All-Stars on the East, Paul George led them with 17
points.