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NEW ORLEANS – In a game of relentless offense, with both teams firing and draining at will, the NBA's best shooter did more helping than scoring.
Stephen Curry made his All-Star Game debut in the highest-scoring such game in league history, the East with a 163-155 win over the West on Sunday night at Smoothie King Arena. Though fully engaged in body and spirit, Curry's individual numbers were buried under those of others.
The Warriors point guard finished with 12 points, making 4 of 14 shots overall and only 2 of 11 from 3-point distance. He did, however, pass for 11 assists during his 28 minutes on the floor.
"It was fun, man, everything I'd hoped for and more,'' Curry said. "There's a lot of talent on that floor, a well put-together show, from start to finish. But, obviously, we didn't win and I'd like to shoot the ball a little better.
"But, all in all, my first go-round, I felt pretty comfortable out there.''
The teams combined for 318 points, shattering the old record (303) set in 1987. Curry's West All-Star teammates, Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin, each scored 38 points to finish in a tie for game scoring honors.
Kyrie Irving finished with 31 points and 14 assists, sealing the MVP award when he played all 12 minutes, scoring 15 points and adding four assists to lead the East comeback.
Curry's first basket came on a 3-pointer with 1:29 left in the half. Of the 23 players who scored – Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki was scoreless in eight minutes – Curry was the last to get on the board.
"When I started off the game 0-for-4, I wanted to get back out there and get some looks,'' he said.
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Curry's first All-Star experience is not unusual. A glance at the past proves the statistics of players making their debuts to get lost beneath those of others.
Here are the scoring results from the last few Warriors and several other notable shooters in their All-Star Game debuts:
Warriors guard Latrell Sprewell, 9 points (on 3-of-8 shooting) in 1994.
Warriors guard Tim Hardaway, 5 (on 2-of-7 shooting) in 1991
Warriors forward Chris Mullin, 4 (on 1-of-4 shooting) in 1989.
Mavericks guard Steve Nash, 8 (on 3 of 9 shooting) in 2002.
Kings guard Mitch Richmond, 10 (on 5 of 16 shooting) in 1994.
Pacers guard Reggie Miller, 4 (on 2-of-3 shooting) in 1990.