The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 17, 2013

Durant sparks West win


Associated Press

HOUSTON —  Oklahoma Cty’s Kevin Durant scored 30 points, MVP Chris Paul had 20 points and 15 assists, and the Western Conference beat the East 143-138 on Sunday night in the NBA All-Star game.

Ex-University of Oklahoma star Blake Griffin finished with 19 points and Kobe Bryant blocked LeBron James twice in the final minutes, that duo joining Paul to turn the West’s victory into something of an L.A. story.

James scored 19 points but shot only 7 of 18 after having no shooting troubles during the latter part of the season’s first half. Carmelo Anthony led the East with 26 points and 12 rebounds.

The first dunk of the game came 16 seconds in, Paul throwing a pass to Clippers teammate Griffin as part of the West’s 7-0 start. The West led after each of the first three quarters, though was never ahead by more than eight points through three periods.

They finally pushed it into double figures early in the fourth fueled by former Oklahoma City teammates Russell Westbrook and James Harden, but couldn’t put it away until a late run behind the guys from the city of Los Angeles — who along with Lakers center Dwight Howard gave Los Angeles all but one of the West’s starting spots.

Paul hit two 3-pointers, Bryant made a layup, and his block of James led to Durant’s dunk that made it 136-126. Griffin had one last forceful dunk to help close it out, throwing a pass to himself off the backboard and climbing high in his neon green sneakers to slam it home and make it 142-134.

Durant, Westbrook and the Thunder will be at Houston Wednesday.

WEST 143, EAST 138

EAST ALL-STARS (138) — James 7-18 2-4 19, Bosh 3-9 0-0 6, Garnett 0-2 0-0 0,  Wade 10-13 0-0 21, Anthony 8-14 7-9 26, Chandler 2-5 3-3 7,  Irving 6-11 0-0 15, Deng 4-10 1-1 10, George 7-13 0-0 17,  Noah 4-7 0-0 8, Holiday 3-6 0-0 6, Lopez 0-1 3-4 3. Totals 54-109 16-21 138.

WEST ALL-STARS (143) — Durant 13-24 1-1 30, Griffin 9-11 1-2 19, Howard 4-6 0-0 9,  Paul 7-10 2-3 20, Bryant 4-9 1-2 9, Duncan 1-4 0-0 2,  Parker 5-10 2-2 13, Harden 6-13 0-0 15, Randolph 3-6 0-0 6,  Westbrook 7-13 0-0 14, Aldridge 0-2 0-0 0, Lee 3-4 0-0 6. Totals 62-112 7-10 143.



East All-Stars    26    39    39    34    —    138

West All-Stars    31    38    39    35    —    143



3-Point Goals—East All-Stars 14-39 (George 3-6, Irving 3-6, Anthony  3-7, James 3-7, Wade 1-2, Deng 1-5, Lopez 0-1, Holiday 0-2, Bosh 0-3),  West All-Stars 12-32 (Paul 4-5, Harden 3-8, Durant 3-8, Howard 1-1,  Parker 1-3, Duncan 0-1, Westbrook 0-3, Bryant 0-3). Fouled Out—None.  Rebounds—East All-Stars 61 (Anthony 12), West All-Stars 52 (Howard 7).  Assists—East All-Stars 33 (Wade 7), West All-Stars 39 (Paul 15). Total  Fouls—East All-Stars 10, West All-Stars 14.