Monday, January 22, 2018
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NEW ORLEANS — The East finally stopped Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin — then stopped its All-Star Game losing streak.

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

"It's a great honor," Irving, the Cavaliers point guard, said. "Everyone out here is an MVP."

The records for total points, points by the winning team and points by the losing team fell — besting marks set in overtime games. The 318 points were 15 more than in 1987. The record for halftime points was broken when the teams combined for 165. The West led 89-76.

Durant and Griffin finished with 38 points, four shy of Wilt Chamberlain's record. Griffin scored 18 during the first quarter (16 on dunks) and Durant 22 during the first half. Both were two shy of the records set by Glen Rice in 1997. Griffin made 19 of 23 shots overall. Durant made six 3-pointers and also had 10 rebounds and six assists.

But the East scored the final 10 to pull out a game it trailed by 18 with 4:23 left in the third. Irving scored 15 points in the fourth quarter as the East ended a three-game losing streak.

"We wanted it," said LeBron James, who had 22 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. "I've been a part of the last three defeats."

Durant's 3-pointer gave the West a 155-153 lead with 1:59 left. But the East's rally included five free throws by Indiana's Paul George and Anthony's final 3-pointer.

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

Ratings: All-Star Saturday Night was watched by about 5.7 million people, according to Turner Sports. The network said that was among the top five in the event's history. The dunk contest drew about 6.7 million viewers.

Referee first: Violet Palmer became the first woman to officiate a U.S. sports league's All-Star Game.

Westbrook return: The Thunder's Russell Westbrook, a three-time All-Star point guard out since having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Dec. 27, hopes to return Feb. 20, yahoosports.com reported. Oklahoma City faces Miami that day.

East 163, West 155

EAST (163): George 6-13 5-5 18, Anthony 10-18 2-2 30, James 11-22 0-0 22, Irving 14-17 0-0 31, Wade 5-6 0-0 10, Hibbert 4-5 0-0 8, Bosh 2-3 0-0 5, DeRozan 4-7 0-0 8, Wall 5-7 2-2 12, Millsap 3-5 0-0 6, Johnson 2-7 0-0 5, Noah 4-5 0-0 8. Totals 70-115 9-9 163.

WEST (155): Durant 14-27 4-4 38, Griffin 19-23 0-0 38, Love 5-11 1-4 13, Curry 4-14 2-2 12, Harden 3-7 0-0 8, Paul 4-9 2-2 11, Parker 2-5 0-0 4, Nowitzki 0-2 0-0 0, Howard 4-6 0-0 8, Aldridge 2-9 0-0 4, Davis 5-6 0-0 10, Lillard 3-8 0-0 9. Totals 65-127 9-12 155.

East 42 34 47 40— 163

West 44 45 37 29— 155

3-Point GoalsEast 14-44 (Anthony 8-13, Irving 3-6, Bosh 1-2, George 1-5, Johnson 1-6, Wall 0-1, Hibbert 0-1, DeRozan 0-1, Millsap 0-2, James 0-7), West 16-56 (Durant 6-17, Lillard 3-6, Harden 2-6, Love 2-7, Curry 2-11, Paul 1-4, Nowitzki 0-1, Griffin 0-2, Howard 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsEast 48 (James 7), West 62 (Howard 11). AssistsEast 46 (Irving 14), West 42 (Paul 13). Total FoulsEast 13, West 8. A14,727 (17,188).

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