West tops East in 62nd NBA All-Star Game

West tops East in 62nd NBA All-Star Game
February 17, 2013, 7:45 pm
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HOUSTON -- The 62nd NBA All-Star Game entertained all in the Toyota Center, but it was the West that left with bragging rights, defeating the East 143-138.

Player of the Game: Reigning All-Star Game MVP Kevin Durant came out firing once again and was the leading scorer for the majority of the game. He hit twos and threes from all over the court and rarely passed up a shot, tallying one assist.

Durant, who had 32 in last year's All-Star Game, scored 30 points, and his two fourth quarter dunks were about as big as you can go.

Key Stretch: It was a highly competitive game that went down to the final minutes, but a pair of monster one-handed dunks by Kevin Durant gave the West a small cushion. Durant's third tomahawk jam came with 2:33 left in the game, on a fast break that started when Kobe Bryant swatted a LeBron James' jumpshot at the top of key. No one chased Durant down the court, and the West took at 10-point lead.

Highlight Reel: There were too many rim-rocking dunks and alley-oops to call them all out, but a few stood out for their temerity.

Dwyane Wade's off-the-backboard alley-oop to teammate LeBron James was nice, but Carmelo Anthony's off-the-backboard alley-oop to James was nicer.

For the West, former teammates James Harden and Russell Westbrook hooked up on a nice alley-oop over traffic.

Another teammate connection was on display when Chris Paul fed Blake Griffin, who finished with emphasis.

From the corner, Dwyane Wade sent what appeared to be a rushed shot towards the rim. But Tyson Chandler was there to receive the pass with his right hand, arm fully extended, before rotating forward and throwing it down.

That was just the first half.

Lee gets least looks: At halftime, David Lee had played on 3:45, less even than head coach Gregg Popovich's prized veteran Tim Duncan.

But Lee made his minutes count. He hammered home an emphatic two-handed dunk when, as the trailer, he slashed at the right time and was rewarded under the bucket.

There are a few plays the Warriors forward would like back. Lee came up with a steal shortly after entering the game for his second stint, but his outlet pass hit referee Rodney Mott in the back for a turnover. And he committed a bad foul, hitting Tyson Chandler across the arms on a point-blank dunk attempt.

Lee finished with six points on 3-for-4 shooting. He added two rebounds, two steals, one assist and one turnover in 13 minutes. It was one minute more than he played in the 2010 All-Star Game.

Rough night to be named Chris Bosh: Chris Bosh drew taunts from the Toyota Center crowd for multiple first half air balls and turnovers. But it was a sequence of plays that will ruminate over after this All-Star Game.

Bosh was all alone defending a two-on-one and instead of picking up the ball, he chose simply to box out Blake Griffin and allow a wide open layup. Standing alone at the baseline, Bosh looked to inbound the ball upcourt, but his pass lacked conviction and was picked off by Tony Parker.

Bosh stepped up to defend Parker and the Spurs' point guard did what you are supposed to do in an All-Star Game, he put on a show. Parker deked inside before sending a dribble through Bosh's legs and going baseline.

The 6-foot-11 center had enough of it and shoved Parker to the ground instead of avoiding further humiliation.

Bosh finished with six points on 3-for-9 shooting with three turnovers and three fouls.

High-percentage Griffin: Blake Griffin, winner of the 2011 slam dunk contest, was out for rim blood this All-Star Game. He attempted 11 shots, all dunks. He missed two, but finished the other nine, and many in dramatic fashion.

He added one made free throw for bad measure and a 19-points performance.

Entertainment: It started with Ne-Yo's fiery pregame performance. Alicia Keyes took the baton at halftime, and left her piano to take an unprecedented tour of the stage. The "Air Mascots" drew large laughs with their dance moves. And the Anton Brothers wowed the crowd with their kevlar-cup-wearing acrobatics. The Space City Seniors dance team drew mixed results. The entire crew of performers came out during a fourth quarter shake for a chaotic "Harlem Shake" session.

Notes: This was the the 62nd running of the NBA All-Star Game. ... Of the seven first-time All-Stars participating this year, six came from the East. ... It was 5,852 days between All-Star Games in which a Warriors player took the court.