East beats West in NBA All-Star Game

Western Conference forward Blake Griffin of the L.A. Clippers dunks the ball against the Eastern...

Western Conference forward Blake Griffin of the L.A. Clippers dunks the ball against the Eastern Conference during the NBA all-star game last night in New Orleans. Griffin scored a game-high 38 points in the 163-155 East victory. (Bob donnna/USA Today Sports)

Mike Ganter, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:50 AM ET

The battle everyone was looking forward to seeing was Kevin Durant taking on LeBron James, but the real battle turned out to be which one of the two Eastern Conference all-stars — Carmelo Anthony or Kyrie Irving — would take home all-star MVP honours.

Anthony, the Knicks star who spent the weekend answering questions about whether he will even be a Knick past this season, set an all-star record hitting eight three-pointers for a 30 point-night, but wound up second fiddle to Irving.

The Cleveland point guard, a somewhat dubious pick by the fans to start, wound up with an East-high 31 points and a game-high 14 assists in leading his team to a 163-155 win, snapping a three-game winning streak for the Western Conference.

James, who finished with 22 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, gave the MVP pick his stamp of approval.

 


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