Antonio Daniels Vancouver's Antonio Daniels lays in two of his 14 points for the West.

NEW YORK, Feb. 7 -- In a game that featured the likes of Van Horn, Mercer, Billups and Thomas, one of the most anonymous names on the scoresheet, and certainly the longest and hardest to pronounce, stole the show in the Schick Rookie Game.

Cleveland's Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored a game-high 18 points (8 of 10 field goals, 2 of 2 free throws), grabbed seven rebounds, blocked two shots and hoisted the MVP trophy after the Eastern Conference defeated the West, 85-80.

Ilgauskas, a 7-3 center from Arvydas Sabonis' hometown of Kaunas, Lithuania, who didn't play last season because of a foot injury, gave the East a lead it would never relinquish when he finished a fast break with the slam dunk, putting the East up 44-42 early in the second half. When the East's eight-point lead was later cut to two, Ilgauskas converted a Chauncey Billups pass for a slam to give the East a 58-54 lead.

As you might expect, that dunk was only one of many in a game that was long on finesse, short on defense, and featured once sequence by the East in which five straight baskets were scored on dunks by Cedric Henderson and Tracy McGrady. The series was fueled by point guard Brevin Knight, who had three of his eight assists during that span, as the East built its lead to 73-63 with only 4:34 to play.

Keith Van Horn joined Henderson and Ilgauskas in double figures for the East, which has won all three Rookie Games since the East-West format was adopted. Van Horn, who scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, helped the East avoid a late rally, scoring five of his points in the final three minutes.

The West, nevertheless, closed to within 83-80 with 21.7 seconds remaining and got a steal from Rodrick Rhodes, but his missed three-pointer, and two free throws from Tim Thomas with 12.2 seconds to play, gave the East the 85-80 final margin.

The West placed five players in double figures, led by Denver point guard Bobby Jackson, who scored 15 points and added seven assists and four steals. Vancouver's Antonio Daniels scored 14, Sacramento's Michael Stewart had 13, and the Clippers' Maurice Taylor finished with 12 points