Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers was named the KIA Most Valuable Player, finishing the night with a double-double of 20 points and 15 assists as the Western Conference defeated the Eastern Conference 143-138 in the 62nd annual NBA All-Star game.
It was the West’s fourth victory in the last five games.
Chris Paul (20 pts, 15 asts, 4 stls) takes home MVP in a 143-138 win over the East. pic.twitter.com/gNNhU38D
— Beyond The Buzzer (@BeyondTheBuzzer) February 18, 2013
He’s the first point guard since 2005 (Allen Iverson) to be named NBA All-Star Game MVP.
Paul is also just the third player in NBA history (Magic Johnson, Isiah Thomas) to score 20 points and dish out 15 assists in an All-Star Game.
Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, last years All-Star MVP, led the Western Conference in scoring with 30 points (his third consecutive All-Star game with at least that many points) on 13 for 24 shooting. He also grabbed six rebounds and stole the ball twice.
The Eastern Conference was led by Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks, who had a double-double of his own with 26 points and 12 rebounds.
LeBron James of the Miami Heat, the favorite throughout the week to take home MVP, contributed 19 points and 5 assists, despite missing 11 of his 18 field goal attempts.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (nine points, eight assists) blocked James twice in the final minutes to help hold off the East.
All winners (West) received $50,000, while the losers (East) received $25,000.
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