Irving scored 15 of his team-high 31 points during the
back-and-forth fourth quarter duel and added 14 assists to seize MVP
honors at the showcase in New Orleans.
"It's a great honor," Irving told reporters after making 14 of 17
shots and helping the East end a stretch of three straight defeats
to the West.
"We had a few MVPs. Everyone out here today is an MVP."
Anthony added 30 and made an All Star record eight three-pointers,
including a crucial one that gave the East a four-point lead with
The East side trailed by 18 late in the third quarter, but rallied
to light up the scoreboard in record-breaking fashion.
Their final total set a new mark while the combined score of both
teams was also a record.
For Western Conference, Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin fired off 38
points apiece and shone bright as anyone with flamboyant dunks and
"It's an All-Star Game, and not a whole lot of defense is being
played," Blake said. "This game is for the fans to put on a show and
just have fun with it."
The East got the final say, led by two players who likely needed the
All Star break more than most.
Anthony has been the subject of
much speculation as he is set to become a free agent in the
off-season and could leave his under-achieving New York Knicks,
though he reiterated his commitment to the franchise this weekend.
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The third-year Irving is said to be unhappy in Cleveland where he
has reportedly clashed with team mates and his coach during yet
another losing season.
He looked happy on Sunday, though, as he gelled with his fellow
standouts including LeBron James who finished with 22 points, seven
rebounds and seven assists.
The East trailed 123-105 in the third before they closed the quarter
with an 18-3 run.
The final quarter was a seesaw battle of game-stopping plays and
Durant drilled a three-pointer that put the West on top 155-153 with
just under two minutes later but the East finished with the game's
final 10 points.
The All Star weekend cemented the NBA's change at the top where
commissioner Adam Silver has taken over for David Stern who stepped
down after 30 years at the post.
On the court, first-time All Stars like Stephen Curry, Damian
Lillard, John Wall and DeMar DeRozan filled the absence of regulars
like Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan, and signaled a changing of the
(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; editing by Amlan
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