HOUSTON — Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Kobe Bryant turned this All-Star game into L.A. story.
Paul had 20 points, 15 assists and won MVP honors, Bryant blocked LeBron James’ comeback attempt, and the Western Conference beat the East 143-138 on Sunday night.
Kevin Durant scored 30 points and Griffin finished with 19, joining his Clippers teammate, Paul, in creating Lob City deep in the heart of Texas.
“You just want to play fast. I like to throw the lob. I like to see guys hit 3s," Paul said. “When we’re out on the court with all that firepower, why wouldn’t you want to make passes? You’ve got KD filling one of the lanes, you’ve got Blake, Kobe on the wing. There’s nothing like it."
James scored 19 points but shot only seven of 18. Carmelo Anthony led the East with 26 points and 12 rebounds.
Portland forward LaMarcus Aldridge was zero for two with no points.
— The Associated Press