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The West secured a 163-158 win over the East in the All-Star Game 2015 at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night, with Russell Westbrook claiming the MVP award.
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In the highest-scoring All-Star Game ever, Westbrook put up 41 points as a reserve to fall just one point shy of Wilt Chamberlain’s 42 points in the 1962 game which remains the highest individual score in the ASG.
The players undoubtedly enjoyed being in New York for the event, and although there was little to no defense played at times, it was certainly a spectacle for fans as the best talents in the league took to the court at the same time.
James Harden added 29 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the West while LeBron James finished with 30 points as the East continued to fight back and ensure that they game was close down the stretch.
Westbrook and James both insisted that they relished the opportunity to play the Game at the ‘Mecca of basketball’, and it wrapped up a highly entertaining weekend of events in the Big Apple after the Rising Stars Challenge, 3-point Contest and Dunk Contest were all a success.
Pau and Marc Gasol made history at tip-off as the first brothers to square off in the Game, while Carmelo Anthony struggled in front of his home fans as he is likely to shut it down for the season in the coming weeks as he continues to be plagued by knee troubles.
Although the likes of Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffin and Anthony Davis were forced to miss out due to injury, there was still plenty of star power on show with the Atlanta Hawks having four players on the East roster along with coach Mike Budenholzer after an impressive season so far.
However, the focus will switch back to the regular season now as the playoff-chasing teams get back to work.